The first organization to use a mobile app for both holographic authentication and track and trace has won the Best Applied Security Product category at the International Hologram Manufacturers Association’s (IHMA) Excellence in Holography Awards 2012.
Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism Tax Marks uses a hologram with covert taggants which are readable using SmartSure, a smartphone app, and the mark is being used to protect 300,000 million items annually against counterfeiting. The tax mark was created by InkSure Technologies and MTM Security.
The award was presented during Holo-pack•Holo-print, The Holography Conference, in Vienna, Austria, which was attended by delegates from hologram suppliers, manufacturers and users around the world.
Organized by the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), the annual Excellence in Holography Awards recognize outstanding achievement and reward those who have been at the forefront of the industry, pioneering innovative or new hologram products or techniques, as well as the best use of holograms in a commercial context.
Entries were judged by the IHMA board. Presenting the awards, IHMA chairman Mike Messmer said: ‘The awards celebrate the very best in holographic achievement and the many remarkable innovations the industry introduces each year.
‘The winners’ work reflects the creativity, design excellence and quality which were the hallmarks of this year’s crop of entries, showing once again how holography continues to push forward the technical and commercial boundaries.’
The full list of this year’s awards and commendations for outstanding projects is available at www.ihma.org.