Security Technology

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Cellulose structures make colors that never fade

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a way to capture the intense, no-fade colour in a particular plant that could be replace pigments used in industry with natural plant extracts in products. The Pollia condensata plant (sometimes called the marble berry)- a species that grows wild the forests of Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and other African […]

QR Codes Could Reduce Counterfeiting Say Researchers

Researchers at the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology published a report this week that suggests QR codes could be used on banknotes to prevent counterfeiting. According to the report, published in IOP Publishing’s journal Nanotechnology, the QR code “will add an increased level of security over existing […]

Diamond-Wearing Queen Hologram Graces British Banknotes

A holographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that depicts her wearing a real diamond diadem will appear on new British banknotes and stamps. The hologram was created by artist Chris Levine in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of Her Majesty’s 60th year as the head of the British monarch. Partnering with Asprey […]

Banknote Security Features Helped Pound “Regain Strength” Says Central Bank

Lebanon’s latest series of banknotes featuring increased security features have helped the Lebanese pound regain value, according to Riad Salameh, Governor of the country’s central bank. “The trust in Lebanese currency is not only because of the strength in financial accounts but is also due to the banknote itself,” he said at an international conference […]

Saudi Scientists Create Banknotes With RFID Tags

Scientists in Saudi Arabia have created banknotes containing radio frequency identification (RFID) to prevent counterfeiting. In the world of specialty paper, RFID tags or chips are typically associated with electronic passports. Containing a carrier’s biometric information, the RFID chips facilitate faster and more secure passage at border crossings. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of […]

Metal Detectors Could Detect Smuggled Notes

New research from the University of Washington shows that metal detectors at security checkpoints were able detect and count smuggled stacks of banknotes. According to an article published by Gizmodo, “physicists Christopher Fuller and Antao Chen found that ordinary handheld metal detectors were ale to recognize magnetic ink in a single dollar bill from just […]

Czech National Bank Counterfeit Cash App

A new phone app has been unveiled by the Czech National Bank Counterfeit Cash App which it says will help consumers identify counterfeit money, using detailed photographs and descriptions of all valid versions of Czech banknotes and coins. The Czechs see value in protecting their traditional currency, the koruna as the Euro is coming under criticism […]

£30,000 Counterfeits Made

Using digital images of real money and an ink- jet printer, almost £30,000 in fake bank notes were counterfeited. On Monday at the Glasgow Sheriff Court, Ian Beaton admitted to creating the fake notes. After police searched his car near Aberdeen and found £2000 of seized counterfeit notes with his fingerprints on the envelope the […]

‘Class A’ Fake Notes

Increasingly sophisticated techniques with counterfeiters are throwing up a huge challenge to authorities and money exchange houses with to forge notes with most of the security features used in real currencies, said forensic experts in Dubai. The Indian rupee has emerged as the currency of choice, overtaking the US dollar in 2011 by currency forgers, accounting for 10,700 […]

$1M Worth of Bogus Bills Seized in BC

RCMP in Richmond, B.C. seized more than $1 million in fake Canadian $100 bills yesterday breaking up one of the largest counterfeit rings ever in the province. The bogus bills were being produced in an apartment mostly with an inkjet printer. When the RCMP arrived to raid the apartment, the process of manufacturing the bills […]