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Survey of holographic security systems
Author(s): Lewis T. Kontnik; Ian M. Lancaster
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Paper Abstract

The counterfeiting of products and financial instruments is a major problem throughout the world today. The dimensions of the problem are growing, accelerated by the expanding availability of production technologies to sophisticated counterfeiters and the increasing capabilities of these technologies. Various optical techniques, including holography, are beingused in efforts to mark authentic products and to distinguish them from copies. Industry is recognizing that the effectiveness of these techniques depends on such factors as the economics of the counterfeiting process and the distribution channels for the products involved, in addition to the performance of the particular optical security technologies used. This paper surveys the nature of the growing counterfeit market place and reviews the utility of holographic optical security systems. In particular, we review the use of holograms on credit cards and other products; and outline certain steps the holography industry should take to promote these application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1210, Optical Security and Anticounterfeiting Systems, (1 April 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17921
Show Author Affiliations
Lewis T. Kontnik, Holography News (United States)
Ian M. Lancaster, Holography News (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1210:
Optical Security and Anticounterfeiting Systems
William F. Fagan, Editor(s)

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