DatatraceDNA®: a novel authentication technology for forensic detections and identification



Publication Details

Luo, X., Balakrishnan, S., Osvath, P. & Swiegers, G. (2008). DatatraceDNA®: a novel authentication technology for forensic detections and identification. e-Forensics 08: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Forensic Applications and Techniques in Telecommunications, Information, and Multimedia and Workshop (pp. 1-4). Brussels, Belgium: ICST.


This paper describes a newly developed forensic marker technology, known as Datatrace DNA (Digital Nanoparticle Authentication), which offers a groundbreaking approach to counterfeit security protection through nanotechnology that is invisibly embedded within the molecular structure of a manufactured product. Extremely tiny quantities of some security compounds (called security markers) can be incorporated into various sensitive materials, such as explosives, identification documents, printing inks and weapons. Each marker possesses unique or unusual properties that are detected by the Datatrace hand-held electronic reader, known as "The Authenticator". As such, the Datatrace system provides a secure and invisible barcode for authentication. The DatatraceDNA® markers are very stable and cannot be destroyed even at 1000 °C, which provides a life-time protection for the labelled products. Therefore, this novel technology offers the potential to reduce criminal activities by deterring counterfeiting and theft, and assisting in the recovery and return of assets that have been stolen.

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