Protecting against counterfeit electronics in the military is just one way Applied DNA Sciences provides invaluable tools to government agencies
Marking of semiconductors for the DLA, protecting supply chains from counterfeiting and diversion.
Can You Tell the Difference?
DNA offers absolute authentication. Parts can be "branded" at the molecular level using the gold standard for forensic evidence most preferred by global courts.
DNA: Assure Safety & Recapture Market
U.S. Department of Commerce conducted a four-year study between 2005 and 2008 which revealed that 39% of 387 companies encountered counterfeit electronic components, microcircuits, or circuit boards.
DNA can be used to regain a Company’s proportionate Market Share.
According to the National Electronics Distributors Association, counterfeiting has become a $100-billion problem.
....or grow their Market Share.
....or dominate a Market.
DNA Marking Microchips for U.S. Government
Protecting electronics industry, government throughout supply chain
DLA Fiscal 2012 Director's Guidance
In the area of counterfeit parts, officials are creating training to educate all DLA employees on how to identify a counterfeit part and what to do if they find one, said Stephen Rodock, a technical and quality analyst for DLA Logistics Operations. Other preventive steps will include additional sample testing from high-risk suppliers and the potential use of DNA marking by which manufacturers embed information in materials to identify them as original parts. (source DLA distribution)
Vision Tech Case
"...put countless innocents at risk and compromised national security"
"a ticking time bomb of incalculable damage and harm"
"hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of counterfeit parts are potentially still floating around in the supply chain or, worse yet, inside equipment that's being used today."
"It's a national security issue, and a clear and present danger," said Brian Toohey, SIA President.
Despite hard work and surveillance, a relatively paltry number of counterfeits were able to be authenticated and seized by Customs Border Patrol agents from VisionTech over the course of four years: 35 seizures out of 3,263 shipments. The others were not identified by CPB, nor by the trademark owners, or semiconductor companies, so millions of probable counterfeits, blithely made their way into the supply chain.
The inescapable conclusion: a standard authentication system and protocol urgently needs to be established, something several government agencies and industry associations are indeed working on. Implementation yesterday would be infinitely preferable to tomorrow.
We believe the Applied DNA Sciences holds the gold standard in such a system and protocol, and urge its adoption as soon as feasible.
In the most deadly cash robbery environment in the world, Applied DNA Sciences has worked directly with police to slash CVIT crime.
A Strong Security Portfolio: Slashing Cash Crimes in the UK
DNA is trusted by police and recognized by courts globally. No other form of evidence has withstood such scrutiny. Expert Witness Statements prove that DNA evidence can positively trace stained evidence to the source.
For the first quarter of 2010, relative to the first quarter of 2009, our UK CViT customers indicated that cash attacks were down 55% and cash losses down 72%
The elimination of a single CViT attack would pay for the cost of our program
In fact, over 100 crimes were avoided. Both customers attribute the decrease to “Deterrence by DNA”
The return on their investment in SigNature DNA has been extraordinary
approximately 1,100 CViT boxes protected
91 police submissions
35 cases where the Applied DNA taggant was identified
57 convictions obtained
252 sentence years where SigNature DNA has been used as evidence
Cash-in-transit businesses transport and store cash and ATM cassettes. In the U.K. alone, there is an estimated £500 billion being transported each year, or £1.4 billion per day. The nature of this business makes cash-in-transit an attractive target for criminals and as a result the industry invests in excess of £100 million per year in security equipment and devices. The incidence of cash-in-transit based crime has increased over 170% in London since 2006, according to the Metropolitan Police. Governments and banks today face the real challenge of staying ahead of increasingly sophisticated counterfeiting without sacrificing security features and banknote longevity to costs.
Currently, a system of cash degradation, using a smoke or liquid dye to permanently mark and essentially destroy stolen cash, is used. For our customers, SigNature DNA is included in the transport devices that discharge an intense liquid dye onto currency when the transport box is illegally accessed or moved outside of a predetermined location. The dye renders the currency easily recognized as stolen in a process known as “cash degradation. Prior to the use of SigNature DNA, when banks identify dye-degraded currency, it was simply removed from circulation without attribution to its original owner. SigNature DNA markers allow attribution of the cash, since each transport box using our system has an individualized SigNature DNA sequence. In addition to working with the companies that transport the cash boxes, we have begun to work with and train police forces throughout Europe to better enable them to identify and properly handle the DNA marked cash for use in criminal prosecution.
Loomis chose to use SigNature DNA because it offers far superior qualities in comparison to other taggants. Loomis won an award for its use of SigNature DNA from the International Association of Currency Affairs at their recent conference in Prague for “Best New Product, Process or Currency System.”
Loomis UK, a world leading cash-handling company that moves over £150 billion in cash annually, uses Applied DNA Science’s (APDN) SigNature® DNA to protect its cash boxes.
With the downturn in the global economy, cash-in-transit (CIT) crime is on the rise. In the U.K. alone, there is an estimated £500 billion being transported each year, or £1.4 billion per day.
The battle for control
The subject of a national UK television special on the program Crimewatch, our use of 21st century DNA technology in a struggle with violent criminals shows graphically what SigNature DNA can do for you.
Utilizing botanical DNA to forensically ID microelectronics is the ultimate weapon to foil counterfeiters.
The Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense's combat logistics support agency, has launched a mandate that suppliers provide microcircuits that have been marked with botanically-generated DNA produced by Applied DNA Sciences or its authorized licensees.
Applied DNA’s marks offer a breakthrough solution to the “growing deluge of millions of counterfeit chips posing peril to the U.S. military and the general public”. Utilizing botanical DNA to forensically ID microelectronics is the ultimate weapon to foil counterfeiters.
Defense Suppliers: Please follow the links on this page to learn more about the DLA mandate for microcircuits.
Oct 8, 2012 — AOL Defense: DLA Demands Chip Makers Tag Products With Plant DNA; A War On Counterfeiters
DNA marking must begin on items falling within Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, Electronic Microcircuits, which have been determined to be at high risk for counterfeiting. A new clause at Defense Logistics Acquisition Directive (DLAD) 52.211-9074, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Marking on High Risk Items, will be included in new solicitations and contracts for FSC 5962 items when the item description states that the item requires DNA marking.
Six of the nineteen suicide bombers involved in the 9/11 attacks were traveling on forged passports. In packaging, counterfeiting has spiked.
DNA taggants are the most advanced and secure technology available to the printing and packaging industries to combat counterfeit products. APDN’s SigNature® DNA taggants offer a high level of security and flexibility in a cost-effective and easy-to-use format to suit the requirements and budget of any company.
The forging of passports and identity documents poses a grave threat to national security. Forged documents enable identity theft and provide a means for terrorists to cross borders. Six of the nineteen suicide bombers involved in the 9/11 attacks were traveling on forged passports and government authorities believe that there is an Al Qaeda unit devoted to creating forged identity documents. In May 2009, British authorities arrested two men charged with forging thousands of European passports.
A PBS Frontline story from 2001 illustrates the worst case scenario of this problem. It details how terrorists are specifically trained to use counterfeit documents to move across borders. The story states that using counterfeit documents is part of the security training of Al Qaeda operatives. This story also states that the terrorists affiliate themselves with organized criminal syndicates that smuggle humans and provide counterfeit documents to accomplish this. Counterfeit documents enable the rest of the illegal activity to occur, which makes them a weapon that could be a lot more dangerous than an assault rifle, IED or RPG violence.
Packaging and Labels
The scourge of counterfeiting in packaging has greatly intensified in recent years. Counterfeiting has spiked, causing detrimental health concerns for consumers, safety concerns for law enforcement agencies, and financial concerns for businesses worldwide. As a result, the global anti counterfeit packaging market will reach about $82.2 billion by the year 2015, according to California-based Global Industry Analysts Inc.An agreement between Applied DNA and Disc Graphics (DISC), an innovative and agile packaging and label company, points out the value of DNA counterfeit protection to the packaging industry.
Comments Margaret Krumholz, President of DISC:
“This agreement leverages DISC’s broad customer base of high value brands and offers us a leading edge, forensic anti-counterfeit solution to combat the growing problem of counterfeit and grey market goods entering the supply and distribution chain.
Packaging is on the front line of fighting counterfeiters and we are excited to make DNA an integral part of our overarching package security program. Our core customers including major film studios, pharmaceutical manufacturers, fragrance and luxury brand companies all experience market erosion from counterfeit products and are searching for weapons to battle this multi-billion dollar problem.”
Working with its partners, 'DNA fabrics' are rolling out, while FiberTyping™ verifies original materials.
SigNature DNA can be incorporated at any point in the textile supply chain as a means to link a genuine product to its original source of manufacture. Our botanical DNA markers can easily be applied to raw cotton fiber, thread, yarn, woven labels or to the finished garment. SigNature DNA is robust, and it can be formulated to be resistant to wash out treatments. Instant field detection for the presence of SigNature DNA markers is simple, using a handheld device. Botanical DNA marked textile and apparel products are fully authenticated by our scientific team in our laboratories to ensure that they are truly genuine.
Our technology has proven useful in determining the authenticity of such commonly counterfeited products as Pima cotton and Yorkshire wool.
Products containing premium Extra Long Staple cotton, like Egyptian Giza, Peruvian and American Pima, are recognized by retailers and consumers as being the highest quality cotton in the industry. These refined high end cottons are well regarded due to their durability and quality which, in turn, typically commands premium pricing. In order to preserve the quality and performance of premium cotton products, cotton growers and manufacturers are using state-of-the-art technology, known as FiberTyping™, to verify that the original Extra Long Staple cotton fibers are used in the finished product.
In addition, our digitalDNA system can be used to provide track and trace capability for labels on finished garments to protect against counterfeiting and diversion.
APDN’s Textile Capabilities
• Covalent bonding of DNA to various textiles, including cotton, wool, cellulose fiber, etc.
• Polyester-nylon thread marking
• FiberTyping of cotton
DNA Authentication Process
SigNature DNA uses the DNA from plants to mark and authenticate products in a unique manner that essentially cannot be copied. DNA is forensic, durable and uncopyable by counterfeiters.
Power of DNA Authentication
Strong authentication is the foundation of a successful business. Applied DNA Sciences works with you and your business to develop and implement an authentication system that best suits your needs. This means a DNA Authentication system that is:
Easy to implement and maintain
Product authentication is essential to businesses because it helps to:
Build trust and credibility
Protect reputation and intellectual property
Assist in quality control and assurance
Assist in compliance with applicable laws
Promote legal enforceability of transactions
Minimize losses by reducing illegal activity
Monitor and verify supply chain
SigNature DNA can be applied and authenticated at any point in the textile manufacturing process
Working directly with police and other security agencies, Applied DNA Sciences has measurably reduced crime and provided 21st century technology
Deter and detect crimes such as robbery, theft, kidnapping and vandalism with the proven, forensic power of SigNature DNA.
An item is marked with a stealth DNA marker – not detectable by offenders. Upon item recovery, a surface swab sample is taken and evaluated in the Applied DNA Sciences technology center. Additionally, surface swabs of offender hands and clothing are analyzed. Presence of the marker provides forensic evidence/offender linkage to crimes. Perfect for ransom recovery and narcotics operations.
An item is marked with layered marker; DNA and an instant-detection mechanism – detectable with UV light or laser. Items/offenders can be screened in the field. Forensic evaluation can then be conducted at the Applied DNA Sciences technology center. Perfect for marking police equipment, sting operations and credentials.
SigNature DNA is compatible with a wide variety of materials, and can be safely applied to fabrics, plastics, metals, narcotics and product packaging.