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TESTING: Hand-Held Optical Reader for Authentication of Broad Range of Products

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TruTag's new optical reader can authenticate industrial and auto parts, electronic components, good packaging marked with its microtags.

A new hand-held optical reader, which brings satellite imaging technologies to the service of secure product authentications has been introduced by TruTag Technologies, Emeryville, Calif., manufacturer of “TruTag” microtags. According to the company, the instrument broadens the scope of objects that can be conveniently scanned for authentication, and enhances TruTag’s ability to offer its “cutting-edge solution” to several markets, making a bigger impact on the prevention of counterfeiting.


The new Model 4100 is powered by a reportedly simple-to-use, cloud-connected, first-of-its-kind, solid-state imaging and processing engine. It is said to allow authentication in just a few seconds of thousands of products in a broad range of industries that are marked with TruTag microtags--dust-sized particles made of silicon dioxide, a well-known and trusted ingredient that has been used in food and medicine for decades.


These microtags are embedded with customizable spectral data that are read by TruTag’s optical readers and can reveal product intelligence about high-volume, high-value items such as fast-moving consumer goods, food packaging, industrial and automotive parts, and electronic components.