The SigNature DNA Difference
When we say DNA, we are talking science, not marketing
SigNature® DNA is based on full, double-stranded plant DNA, with all the stunning accuracy provided by nature. We do not use single-stranded, “synthetic” DNA. The mark will not wash off, even in aggressive industrial treatment baths. Results are not obscured by false positives. We are not afraid to be tested in court. We are not just a warning sticker on a door: SigNature DNA technology enforces deterrent value with real, proven results.
Use of SigNature DNA by law enforcement and security agencies in the United Kingdom has contributed to more than 50 convictions since 2009. A closely related product, DNAnet®, is used widely by police in Sweden in sting and other operations.
SigNature DNA cannot be copied
Why: our scientists have developed a precision-engineered mark based on botanical (plant) DNA . The engineered mark has not and cannot be broken. The conventional process used to sequence (“decode”) native DNA is not possible with the engineered mark. Additional layers of protection and complexity are added to the mark in a proprietary manner. This engineering “secret sauce” is shielded by a portfolio of 21 patents and other intellectual property protection.
As for the famous primer, the “key” to unlocking the secrets of a particular SigNature DNA mark, that is unknown to the public and for practical purposes, cannot be guessed, even by powerful computation.
Hundreds of millions of SigNature DNA marks now exist in the public domain on items ranging from consumer product packaging to microcircuits to guitars; none has ever been copied.
SigNature DNA stands tall in harsh environments
The Applied DNA Sciences platform has proven highly resistant to UV radiation, heat, cold, vibration, abrasion and other extreme environmental conditions.
The Sweden National Railway is evaluating the Applied DNA Sciences platform to protect copper in its system from a wave of theft. 10 kilometers of track and infrastructure are protected as part of a pilot.
SigNature DNA reliablity is unrivalled
SigNature DNA has been subjected to rigorous testing by Idaho National Laboratory, a U.S. National Laboratory, by CALCE, the largest electronic products and systems research center focused on electronics reliability, and by verified procedures in our labs. The forensic marker has passed all tests with flying colors across a broad spectrum of materials and has met key military stability standards.
SigNature DNA passed a strenuous year-long “red-team” vetting on behalf of the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. SigNature DNA is now required for use by suppliers on key electronics components provided to the U.S. military.
Only a minute sample of SigNature DNA is required for analysis
Because DNA is one of the most dense information carriers known, only minute quantities of SigNature DNA are necessary for successful analysis and authentication. As a result, SigNature DNA can fold seamlessly into production and logistics workflows.
DNA occurring naturally can encode roughly the capacity of 100 billion DVDs per gram. As a data storage medium, DNA-based memory is highly valued because, unlike your computer’s hard drive, DNA can last for thousands of years when properly encapsulated.
Minute samples of marked cash retrieved from recent robberies, even bills scrubbed and laundered by thieves, resulted in a successful forensic analysis.
Multiple Authentications from a single SigNature DNA mark
A single SigNature DNA mark will support at least ten authentications in its lifetime. The power of repeated use provides a fully documented audit or evidence trail.
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