Fingerprinting

The S4GV Platform is fully interoperable with multiple types of fingerprinting technologies based on advanced image analysis.

Image Analysis Context

tech finger contextThe image processing technologies S4GV integrates with can rely on:

  • Microscopic analysis (from 1 micron to 100 microns) that is invisible to the human eye
  • Macroscopic analysis (above 100 microns) that is visible to the human eye and compatible with most smartphone cameras.

For comparison, human hair is 50-to-100 microns thick.

Pattern Recognition

As part of an initiative on reptile skins, S4GV is collaborating with partners in the luxury industry to uniquely serialize, authenticate and trace valuable skins across their entire life-cycles. Rather than applying physical tags - that may damage the skin - it is possible to rely on mobile pattern recognition. At the beginning of the Supply Chain the skins are scanned and the system creates a unique "fingerprint" based on the macroscopic analysis of the structure of the skin itself.tech finger macro exampleLater in the Supply Chain - including after treatment - it is possible to take a picture of the skin with a smartphone and the system will confirm whether or not the skin has been authenticated (via a fingerprint match) as coming from one of the certified farms. The S4GV Platform will also provide full visibility on the entire life-cycle of the skin.

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Material Micro-Pattern Recognition

tech finger microFingerprinting microscopic technology can be used to uniquely identify specific material (paper, plastic, iron) and guarantee that they haven't been tampered.

For example, how to make sure that a Customs Document is original? Mr BadGuy could scan the original document, modify it then print it in high resolution so that any change is undetectable.

With micro-pattern recognition, shippers can use their high-resolution smartphones (or integrated with a simple mobile microscope) to scan a specific area of the original document so that a fingerprint is generated based on the microscopic pattern of the paper itself. If authorities need to verify that the document is indeed the original one, they can authenticate via their smartphones to verify that the fingerprint is the same. If the document was photo-copied (even if at very high resolution), the paper itself will be different hence a different micro-pattern hence a failed authentication... hence troubles for Mr BadGuy.