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February, 2017

New US Fingerprint Patent Granted

 

AlpVision Fingerprint is being used worldwide to protect molded products against counterfeiting. For example, this technology protects such diverse items as flip-off caps of vials, precious metals, and bottle closures. Using intrinsic features of the product, AlpVision Fingerprint is one of the most cost effective and secure solutions available on the market today. On July 12, 2016, a core patent protecting the AlpVision Fingerprint was granted by the United States Patent Office. The patent, number US 9,390,345 B2, is entitled “Means for using microstructure of materials surface as a unique identifier” and covers the core idea of using intrinsic surface features as an authentication means. We are very excited about this patent as it strengthens our authentication position with a unique, novel, and very disruptive approach.

 

February, 2017

Two Opportunities to meet AlpVision

 

March 2017 will be a very busy month for AlpVision commercial team with two events in Germany. The first event will take place in Munich on March 16th and 17th. Called the Brand Protection Excellence Forum, this event is a business gathering that creates an environment for senior level executives to privately network during scheduled face to face business meetings. The second meeting is called the Global Brand Protection Innovation Programme and takes place on March 30th and 31st in Frankfurt. It has been specifically designed to address the global security challenges faced by the brands, with emphasis on the issues of counterfeiting, product diversion, and look-a-like goods. Plan your attendance now and do not forget to let us know that you will be there.

 

January, 2017

Blister Pack Authentication with mobile phones

 

Authenticating secondary packaging, such as folding boxes, is very often a first choice for a brand as one is not required to open the box to authenticate the product. However, in addition to the multi-layer paradigm, pharmaceutical companies have realized that security can be significantly increased if the security solutions get closer to the product itself, protecting not only secondary but also primary packaging. Our latest technical achievement supports this approach. We are very happy to announce that it is now possible to authenticate aluminum blister packs protected with AlpVision Cryptoglyph using smart phones, such as iPhones and Galaxy phones. This is a major achievement since processing images of blister packs is extremely challenging due to the aluminum reflectivity and texture. Please contact us for more information or a product demonstration.

 

 

Year 2016

December, 2016

2016 A Look Back

 

As the year comes slowly to an end, it is time to have a brief look at an exciting period. With over 10 billion products protected per year with our security features, we are very proud to hold our position as the leading supplier of invisible, digital security features. A key achievement this year was that we were approached by several printing machine manufacturers who asked us to help them render their equipment Cryptoglyph compliant. This is an amazing request which clearly indicates that slowly but surely our solutions are becoming a de-facto standard in the field. After working on this for many years, we have reached this very important milestone. With this good news in mind, we would like to express our gratitude to all our customers and partners who made this possible and we wish all our readers very Happy and Successful New Year!

 

December, 2016

The Success of the Smart Embossing

 

The launch of our Smart Embossing technology last month has generated an impressive amount of interest among our customers and prospects. Initiatives such as the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive and Tobacco Products Directive highlight the need for authentication and track and trace solutions. Based on this requirement we created the first upgrade to Smart Embossing and today we are proud to announce QR Code enabled Smart Embossing. A standard QR Code is directly over-printed on a Smart Embossing device providing track and trace functionality while maintaining the underlying authentication characteristics. This upgrade is now the first smartphone enabled authentication feature which is fully suitable for track and trace applications and plays an important role in both the Falsified Medicines and Tobacco Products directives mentioned above.

 

November, 2016

Cryptoglyph on Seal Liner

 

The Cryptoglyph technology is an invisible marking that has been used for many years to authenticate boxes and labels. It is also widely deployed on aluminium pharmaceutical blister packs. We recently opened a radically new application field by integrating Cryptoglyph into the aluminium seal liners used on lubricant bottles. The detection of the Cryptoglyph is performed instantly using an iPhone application. Moreover, the app automatically detects partially opened seal liners. This tamper-proofing capability and enables detection of authentic bottles which have been refilled. This new development complements our offerings for simple and effective brand authentication solutions and demonstrates the wide fields of application of the Cryptoglyph technology.

 

 

October, 2016

AlpVision in China – The experience of a new market

 

One year ago, in October 2015, AlpVision set up its new offices in Shanghai with the intent to expand the brand protection business. Compared to our marketing experience in Western countries, we have been happily surprised by the immediate brand owner interest in new authentication solutions. Indeed, few solutions are currently available in China. Only holograms and QR-codes have been deployed at a large scale and they are not secure: the former is generally copied within a few months after roll-out while the latter does not provide any kind of security against copying. Other alternatives are simply too expensive for the Chinese market. Fortunately, our 3 technologies Cryptoglyph, Fingerprint and Smart Embossing cost even less than holograms while providing a much higher level of security. The traction in the market has therefore been impressive in all sectors: spirits, nutrition, lubricants, cosmetics, tobacco, etc. This commercial success was recognized by the president of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Ammann, who visited our offices in Shanghai in March 2016. Two months later AlpVision was even invited to present at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin. At this point, we are therefore confident that our solutions will play an active role in supplying Chinese brand owners with effective means to protecttheir products and customers against counterfeiting.

 

 

September, 2016

AlpVision Announces Smart Embossing - New Overt Security Technology

 

Smart Embossing is a totally new security technology dedicated to product authentication by consumers. This new solution builds on the key features of our current offerings: user friendliness, security, simple deployment and affordability. It utilizes unique, patented, image processing technology to reproduce and authenticate a 3D security pattern on a metalized surface. It is both an overt feature that can be recognized at a glance by a consumer with no training or special equipment and a secure feature that can be authenticated instantly using a dedicated smartphone application requiring no network connection. Since the authentication relies on the digital re-creation of the 3D topography of the imprinted pattern, it is impossible to duplicate the feature using any two-dimensional copy technology. This 3D topography is reproduced in the smartphone application and compared to that of an authentic product. Smart Embossing can be applied to the protected product as a label stuck to the product or it can be integrated directly into the packaging of the protected item.

 

 

September, 2016

Meet AlpVision in Europe/USA/Asia

 

Don’t miss the three upcoming opportunities to meet with AlpVision and discover our new security feature Smart Embossing. The first occasion is at the IACC's 2016 Annual Fall Conference which will be held in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, October 19 to October 21, 2016. The IACC event is followed by our participation at the Canadean Spirits Strategies Congress 2016, held in London, UK, November 1 and 2, 2016. Our last event for this year is the 11th Security Document Summit, which will take place in Beijing, China, November 14-16, 2016. Smart Embossing is a new kind of visible security feature that can be used to authenticate your products using regular smart phones. It was presented for the first time at the Global Brand Protection Summit in Amsterdam in September 2016, where it generated a significant amount of interest.

 

 

August, 2016

New patent granted in Hong Kong

 

AlpVision SA has obtained a new patent protecting the Fingerprint™ technology in Hong Kong. The patent, ID 09102325.3, is accessible online at the Hong Kong patent office using publication number 1122887. This patent is based on the earlier European filing titled “Means for using microstructure of materials surface as a unique identifier”. The European patent has a priority date of 2005, which makes it one of the very first patented authentication technologies based on the fingerprint approach. This technology is used worldwide by AlpVision for authenticating plastic and metallic components with a simple smartphone and without altering the protected product in any manner. The new patent reinforces our IP position on the Asian market and will be useful for the activities of our new office in Shanghai.

 

 

July, 2016

AlpVision celebrates its 15th year anniversary

 

AlpVision is proudly celebrating its 15th anniversary in June 2016. When we founded AlpVision in 2001, the company was a very early-stage startup in a garage. We had theoretical background related to steganography based on the Ph.D. work of Dr. Kutter and Dr. Jordan but had few ideas for commercial or industrial applications. Nevertheless, less than 2.5 years later, the company became profitable and has ever been since. Moreover, we pride ourselves for never having lost even a single customer since we started our activity in the brand protection industry. This, combined with the extremely low turnover of our technical personnel, makes us confident about the long-term sustainability of the company.

 

 

July, 2016

Global Brand Protection Summit in Amsterdam

 

AlpVision will again exhibit at the coming Global Brand Protection Summit event in September 21-22 to be held in Amsterdam. This event specifically addresses issues related to brand protection across a wide range of industries including food, beverages, automotive, cigarettes, and many others. At the summit we will announce a totally new security technology dedicated to product authentication by consumers. This new solution builds on the key features of our current offerings: user friendliness, security, simple deployment and affordability.

 

 

June, 2016

President Schneider-Ammann Visits AlpVision China

 

President Johann Schneider-Ammann, along with a high-ranking delegation of 60 people, recently participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly created “Machinery, Trade and Business Center”, a member of the Swiss Center Shanghai (SCS) family located in Shanghai’s Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. 18 Swiss companies have established their offices at SCS Machinery, Trading and Business Center. AlpVision joined them in October 2015 to provide solutions to China’s rampant counterfeiting issues. Lucien Zhao, a member of the AlpVision Team, hosted the President and showcased AlpVision’s product authentication technologies. The delegation was particularly interested in those relevant to the spirits, tobacco, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Read more about the President’s visit here.

 

 

Mai, 2016

AlpVision’s Anti-counterfeiting Technology Focuses on Tin Capsules

 

In 2015, AlpVision released a new solution to protect metallic closures. In this time of counterfeit wine bottles, AlpVision adapted its Cryptoglyph technology to pure tin capsules. Tin capsules are typically found on a small, but top-notch collection of wines. To ensure an elegant, flawless finish, they are finished with a customized capsule design, printed using a silk screening technique. Invisible to the naked eye and detectable using a standard smartphone, AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph technology is ideally suited for this type of high-quality closure. A pilot is already underway to meet the growing demand in the wine and spirits industry. For more information or to participate in the pilot, please contact us at: avinfo@alpvison.com.

 

 

Mai, 2016

AlpVision Expands Activities in Japan with ISID

 

AlpVision is proud to announce the signature of a distribution contract for its authentication technology with the Japanese company ISID. Specialized in IT and consulting services, ISID perfectly matches AlpVision’s needs in terms of commercial and technical competences. Moreover, with 6 offices in Japan and 2600 employees, ISID has a strong presence in Japan. Japanese pharmaceutical companies represent about 20% of the worldwide pharmaceutical turnover and offer therefore interesting development perspectives for AlpVision. This collaboration complements our existing activities in Europe, USA and China. The Cryptoglyph technology is already deployed at large scale among the Fortune 200 pharmaceutical companies in the world and we are confident that Japanese companies will also adopt our solutions as their authentication requirements are similar to other countries.

 

 

 

April, 2016

AlpVision’s Fingerprint Technology Sustains Wear and Time

 

Fingerprint™, developed by AlpVision, leverages the naturally occurring surface irregularities found in a mold and uses these unique characteristics to authenticate a variety of molded materials, including plastic and metal. The solution has been deployed successfully at industrial level since 2009. As with our other products, AlpVision Fingerprint can be instantly detected using a smartphone. The AlpVision Team recently ran a number of experiments on injection molded plastic caps used and reproduced millions of times for several years. Despite the aging of the mold, authentication using a smartphone was as successful at the time of the experiments as on deployment day. These tests prove once again that the Fingerprint technology and authentication process are today as years ago the easiest, more secure authentication solution for molded products in the world.

 

 

 

March, 2016

Let’s Meet!

 

Join us this spring for the New International Anti-counterfeiting Technology Forum & Exhibition on April 21-23 in Shanghai, China. On May 18-20, head over to Orlando, Florida for the annual International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) Spring Conference. This year, IACC will be partnering with ICC BASCAP to organize the conference, which will focus on intermediaries and the actions that they and rights holders can take collectively to address counterfeiting and piracy. If you can’t make it to these two events, meet us again at the 6th Annual Global Band Protection Summit (GBPS) on September 21st & 22nd in Amsterdam. Wherever it is, together we can design, develop and implement simple, customized, and secure solutions against product counterfeiting. Contact us today to set up a one-on-one appointment: avinfo@alpvision.com

 

 

 

March, 2016

Package Wrapping Is No Barrier to Cryptoglyph Detection

 

 

Today, many products are wrapped in protective plastic, such as see-through shrink-wrap and protective polypropylene film, to safeguard and cushion them. Without taking the contents of the package out, authentication of wrapped products becomes a real challenge. However, products using AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph technology can be authenticated even through a protective film without having to open the package contents using a smartphone. Simply position the smartphone over the see-through wrapped item. Authentication should be completed in less than 3 seconds – a real advantage and timesaver compared to other competitive solutions!

 

 

February, 2016

AlpVision Granted New European Patent for Fingerprint™

On November 4, 2015, AlpVision was granted a new European patent EP2024899B1 protecting the core innovation of our Fingerprint technology. This patent protects the key characteristic of AlpVision’s Fingerprint technology, which is leveraging the microstructure that naturally occurs in molded products as a unique identifier. Product authentication is performed using a standard smartphone equipped with AlpVision’s custom-built Fingerprint app. Since its release in 2009, AlpVision’s Fingerprint technology has been used to protect millions of products manufactured by molding worldwide, such as bottles and caps, electrical appliances, mechanical parts, and imaging supplies, to name a few. This exclusive right complements AlpVision’s ever growing portfolio of product authentication solutions, which now includes over 50 patents.

 

 

January, 2016

AlpVision Gains Clout in 2015 ACF Reports

Over the past year, AlpVision was often published in some of the leading reports addressing the anti-counterfeiting (ACF) industry. Written by experts, these independent and insightful reports review current technologies and solution providers, and make market forecasts. Among others, AlpVision was profiled as a leading company operating in this market in three key publications: "Global Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Market in Security Documents and Event Ticketing 2014-2020" by Research and Markets; “World Anti-counterfeit Clothing and Accessories Packaging - Market Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014–2020” by Allied Market Research; and, “Anti-Counterfeit Packaging Technologies Market Report 2016-2026” by visiongain.

 

 

Year 2015

December, 2015

AlpVision Launches New Smartphone Server Solution

When AlpVision was first founded, our solutions were deployed on PC and product authentication was performed using document scanners. Today, our product authentication systems run on smartphones, using the device’s camera, flash and onboard processing power. Since our algorithms are capable of working entirely offline, most of our software applications are deployed without the need for a central server communication link. However, some of our recent customers have requested server interaction for product selection and reporting of results, for example. In response to this need, we have developed a client-server infrastructure, based on our Krypsos server platform. Krypsos is an ASP.NET based web application, which has been successfully used by Fortune 500 companies for over 10 years. Coupled with our smartphone product authentication app, this new service is designed to help brand owners manage, generate, control and report the performance of our authentication technologies from a central location.

 

 

November, 2015

European Commission Innovation Report

The Business Innovation Observatory of the European Commission released this year a study on “Traceability Across the Value Chain: Standards, processes and traceability”. The purpose of the report is to assess whether traceability standardisation efforts may impact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The Observatory selected four companies across Europe for a more in-depth analysis. AlpVision is one of them, marking the significance of our current impact at the European level. The report focuses primarily on Alpvision’s Fingerprint™ product authentication technology, particularly in the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. The report is available online at europa.eu.

 

 

October, 2015

AlpVision Opens New Office in China

When it comes to product counterfeiting, China is considered as one of the world’s hotspots. According to the WTO, 2% of all world trade accounts for counterfeit goods, and this number is steadily increasing. As the world's leader in digital invisible technologies for product authentication and counterfeit protection, it was only natural that AlpVision open an office in China. Since October 1, 2015, Lucien Zhao has been running our Chinese operations out of our office located in the Swiss Center in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. The zone is being used as a testing ground for a number of economic and social reforms and is the first free-trade zone in mainland China. The Swiss Center was founded in 2000 and is today by far the largest cluster of Swiss enterprises in China. The AlpVision Team is very excited about this new office location and looks forward to better serving our customers in China and the surrounding areas.

 

 

September, 2015

New US Patent Granted

AlpVision is proud to announce that a new US patent was granted, entitled “Means for using microstructure of materials surface as a unique identifier”. The new patent US 8180174 B2 protects the core processes that make up AlpVision’s Fingerprint solution. The underlying technology leverages the intrinsic microscopic surface irregularities that naturally occur in a mold and uses these unique characteristics as the means of authentication. This solution applies to a wide variety of molded parts, including bottles and caps, electrical appliances, mechanical parts, imaging supplies, and most plastic molded products available on the market today. Coupled with real-time product authentication using a standard iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device, AlpVision Fingerprint is the most advanced authentication solution in its field and this new patent will only strengthen our position in this market.

 

 

August, 2015

AlpVision Fingerprint Ventures Into New Territory

AlpVision Fingerprint has experienced more revenue growth than any of our technologies over the past few years. The reason behind this trend lies in its simplicity. Instead of applying a marking, this authentication method relies on the imperfections that naturally occur in molded products. We have deployed this technology with great success on plastic parts (pharmaceutical flip-off tops) and on metallic ones. In the watch industry, so far, we have been limited to parts that are either molded or die-stamped. However, we are now able to propose a fingerprint that is unique for each watch and still detectable with an iPhone. The detection process performs a serial number lookup, followed by a one-to-one match with the micro-defects of the watch under inspection. As with our other technologies, a regular iPhone can be used to perform instant product authentication.

 

 

July, 2015

Meet AlpVision in Amsterdam and Denver, CO

Learn first-hand about AlpVision’s instant product authentication solutions at two upcoming events this fall! AlpVision will be participating in the 6th Annual Global Brand Protection Summit (GBPS) on September 16-17, 2015, in Amsterdam. GBPS runs under the motto “Developing a robust brand protection strategy to encompass all areas of IP concern” and has an exciting 2-day program with expert speakers. AlpVision will then take part in IACC (International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition) Fall Conference on October 21-23, in Denver, CO. The conference agenda will be comprised of panel discussions, case studies, and presentations with a focus on emerging concerns for IP owners and brand protection professionals. IACC’s Fall Conferences are designed for networking and interactive and educational programs in an intimate setting. To announce your visit or schedule a one-on-one meeting, please contact Dalia Kellenberger at +41 (21) 922-6124 or dalia.kellenberger@alpvision.com.

 

 

June, 2015

AlpVision Cryptoglyph Now Applicable to Metallic Closures

The vast majority of our customers print AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph technology on paper or carton. And so far, our solution has been remarkably successful protecting packaging and labeling. In recent months, we have made great strides in testing and successfully applying AlpVision Cryptoglyph to metallic closures. Since metallic closures are generally tamper-proof, combining AlpVision Cryptoglyph with a device for tamper-evidence is a very secure way to guarantee that both the packaging and content are genuine. As always, our solution is completely invisible to the naked eye, economical and easy to detect. The wine and spirits industry, for example, could benefit from this new development to fight counterfeits and lookalikes, and in turn boost customer confidence and increase public safety.

 

May 05, 2015

AlpVision Exhibits in Shanghai

From April 23-25, 2015, the International New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology Exhibition took place in Shanghai, China. The event was held together with the CSITF-China Shanghai International Technology Fair, a gathering of over 900 exhibitors and 38’000 visitors. AlpVision used this opportunity to showcase its Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint authentication technologies. Both solutions generated a lot of interest among visitors. Consumer-led product authentication is of very high importance in China, as the problem of counterfeit consumer goods is widespread in that country. Visitors were also very interested in the use of smartphones for product authentication, as China currently tops global smartphone shipments. Finally, participants were excited about the benefits of digital solutions for product authentication, as they operate in a highly costsensitive environment.

 

March 15, 2015

iPhone QC Tool Update

Although Cryptoglyph is invisible to the naked eye, AlpVision’s authentication feature can be instantly detected with a smartphone and a proprietary application. One version of this application is specifically designed for printers. This mobile app allows printers to detect the presence of a signal in real-time and in turn control the quality of millions of printed sheets at a time. With the new software update, printers will now be able to detect a lack of print finish, such as varnish, typically resulting in an excessively high signal (displayed in yellow on the image) and therefore compromising the security of the printed safety feature. Although these cases are extremely rare, this update will no doubt give the needed reassurances for top-level quality control.

 

February 22, 2015

AlpVision: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

2014 was an extremely interesting year for AlpVision, not only from a technological perspective, but also from a financial one. On the technology side, the past year clearly had a focus on moving from scanner-based authentication solutions to entirely smartphone-based ones. This move includes both the authentication process, as well as quality control management. Our applications were also upgraded to run on the latest iPhones and our entire suite of technologies were ported to Android-based smartphones. From a financial perspective, AlpVision maintained a sustainable growth rate, a remarkable performance compared to our competitors. Industry wide, 2015 got off to a rough start when the Swiss National Bank suddenly announced that it would lift the Euro exchange rate ceiling. While sudden and unpredictable, this decision did not have a critical impact on AlpVision’s business. Looking ahead, we will be launching a brand new product authentication tool in the next few months. So stay tuned, you will not be disappointed!

 

January 19, 2015

Cryptoglyph & Innovation

AlpVision is proud to announce the first roll out of a Cryptoglyph-based product authentication and printing quality control system using the iPhone. As a reminder, AlpVision Cryptoglyph is an invisible pattern applied to packaging using regular overprint varnish and is detectable using an iPhone. To deploy this innovative system, a regular iPhone is equipped with two different applications. While the first app performs a detection of the pattern and instantly verifies its authenticity, the second one checks the quality of the printed Cryptoglyph. This two-app system provides printers with a means to perform quality control and product authentication of printed sheets in real time during production. Relying entirely on smartphones enables brand owners and printers alike to simplify and speed-up all steps of the Cryptoglyph implementation and deployment. It also reflects our customers’ primary objective: “make it simple”.

 

Year 2014

December 24, 2014

Over 10 Billion Products Protected a Year

Founded in 2001, AlpVision initially focused on using digital imaging for document security. Although document protection was a promising field of activity, we turned our attention to the world of brand protection, quickly realizing that our Cryptoglyph security feature was the ideal candidate for protecting high volume products against counterfeiting. Since releasing the Cryptoglyph in the field of brand protection in 2003, AlpVision has been supplying customers all over the world with an effective and easily deployable product authentication solution. The annual number of products protected by Cryptoglyph is a good measure of our success, reaching today over 10 billion a year. This steady development not only confirms the relevance of our solutions to the field of brand protection, but also underlines AlpVision’s capability to adapt and respond to ever-changing market needs.

 

December 16, 2014

Embedded QA Software Update Released

AlpVision’s Embedded QA (EQA) is a printing quality measurement device used by hundreds of Cryptoglyph-qualified printers worldwide. Portable, lightweight and user-friendly, EQA allows operators and other visiting quality control experts to efficiently and accurately verify the quality of the printed packaging. In the quest for ever-improving quality control, AlpVision has released a software update which adds measurement of Cryptoglyph dot size, an important parameter for assessing both invisibility and readability. The software update is available for purchase through your customers in the pharmaceutical industry or directly with AlpVision. Installation of the update is quick and easy. For more information, please contact AlpVision at +41 21 948 6464 or avinfo@alpvision.com.

 

November 24, 2014

AlpVision application, seamless compatibility with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

On September 9, 2014, Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple’s press release, the two new devices are “ … the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design”. AlpVision has tested the two new models for application compatibility and is proud to announce that our mobile authentication solutions and quality control tools run seamlessly on both devices. In addition to compatibility, application performance has increased substantially with screen size, camera quality, detection speed and usability. The main reason for this improvement lies in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus faster autofocus and enhanced color rendering. With the release of the new iOS 8 mobile operating system on September 17, 2014, the new devices offer additional camera control and handling features, which contribute furthermore to enhanced user experience.

 

November 3, 2014

Three new AlpVision partners serving Asia

AlpVision is proud to announce three new partnerships to help commercialize its anti-counterfeiting and product authentication solutions in the Asian markets. AlpVision will be working with swiss bridge consulting (Switzerland, Hong Kong, Vietnam), an independent company with a decade of experience in brand protection, anti-counterfeiting and document security; KAO ASIA Industrial Ltd (Hong Kong), a company selling and servicing machinery for post-press processing and packaging production; and, Mingjian Inch(Beijing)Technology (Beijing, China), a company specialized in selling authentication solutions to the Chinese market. With fake products increasingly becoming a safety concern, the need for effective and efficient solutions is more important than ever. Thanks to our new partnerships, AlpVision is now in an excellent position to serve the Asian regions and provide local commercial and technical support.

 

October 19, 2014

Two market studies list AlpVision among leading anti-counterfeiting companies

At the beginning of 2014, visiongain published a new report on “Anti-counterfeit packaging technologies market forecast 2014-2024”. The report identifies trends and segments with high revenue potential, analyzes submarkets, and reviews solution and technology providers. AlpVision is extremely pleased to be listed in the report as one of the 15 leading companies providing services and solutions to protect products against counterfeiting, as well as product security throughout the supply chain. In total, the report lists 116 companies and 37 other organizations. Report details can be viewed online on the visiongain website. A second report published in Markets and Markets in August 2014 also lists AlpVision among the top 10 key players in global anti-counterfeiting packaging.

October 1, 2014

AlpVision solutions now run on Android Smartphones

AlpVision provides two covert authentication solutions. Although invisible to the naked eye, both solutions can be detected instantly using an iPhone running on our dedicated application. In 2001, we started offering product authentication using document scanners and PC software. We then released the iPhone authentication application in 2012 and moved quickly to adapt it to other iOS devices, such as the iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and the iPod. This approach was so successful that we started porting the application to Android. However, in order to reach the real-time performance of the iPhone detector, we had to rewrite the detection algorithms from scratch. In addition, we had to perform specific optimizations related to camera and flash functions. These efforts paid off and we are happy to announce that AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph product authentication application now runs in real-time on Samsung S5 under Android 4.4.2. We are very excited about this new release and look forward to further extending the usage of our solutions worldwide.

September 19, 2014

Meet us at AAPEX 2014, Las Vegas, November 3-6

AAPEX – Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo – is one of the largest automotive aftermarket products expos in the US. During the three days (November 3-6) over 39,000 targeted buyers and 130,000 professionals from around the globe will gather in Las Vegas. Counterfeit auto parts are not only a financial problem (according to Havocscope, losses due to counterfeit auto parts reach more than $45 billion), but they also have a huge impact on car safety. Meet our team at AAPEX 2014, booth 38007, to learn more about our solutions and see how they can help you protect your auto parts from counterfeiting.

August 22, 2014

New AlpVision Anti-Counterfeiting Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Anti-Counterfeiting Blog, a space where AlpVision co-founders Fred Jordan and Martin Kutter will cover and share opinions about anti-counterfeiting and brand protection news. The blog, which can be found here, will provide unique insights into the way solution providers think and act in the field of anti-counterfeiting. The first entries focus on the updated Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), effectively repealing 2001/37/EC. For feedback and topic suggestions, readers are encouraged to contact the authors at avinfo@alpvision.com.

June 16, 2014

Multiple printers successfully complete Cryptoglyph printing qualification program

AlpVision is glad to welcome three more folding box and label suppliers among its qualified printers. Protecting printed packaging components with AlpVision Cryptoglyph technology is very easy and does not change the printing process. The qualification program consists in a training during which the product protection workflow, from prepress to printing, is performed. At the end of the process AlpVision performs a quality check of the printed folding box and qualifies the printer. Printing of the Cryptoglyph is industrially proven since many years and we are glad to report that until today we never had the case where a supplier was not able to print the Cryptoglyph.

May 10, 2014

iPhone based quality control tool

AlpVision has released the first version of a new system for quality control for the Cryptoglyph printed in varnish. The new tool enables a real-time and user-friendly assessment of the printing quality of AlpVision’s invisible marking flagship. The marking is typically printed in flexography and integrated directly into the varnish layer. The system comprises an iPhone and a custom box which is open on one side. The iPhone (5 or 5s) is used to run a quality control iPhone app that analyses the video stream in real-time. The main purpose of the box is to keep the iPhone at a specific distance and orientation in respect to the carton sample, while protecting the analyzed area from extraneous light. This new tool will be ready for shipping in Q2 2014.

April 1, 2014

Meet us at EastPack, New York, June 10-12, 2014

EastPack, the East Coast Packaging Industry Event, returns to New York on June 10-12, 2014. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with Quincy Mattingly, regional manager, to get a first-hand demonstration of instant product authentication using an iPhone. Invisible and tailored for a seamless deployment, the AlpVision authentication solutions will help you efficiently protect your brand, the most valuable asset for your stakeholders. Send an e-mail to Quincy – quincy.mattingly@alpvision.com – to announce your participation and reserve a timeslot for a hands-on lab: see it, touch it, and test it! For free online registration click here – hurry up, only 8 days left till the show.

March 17, 2014

AlpVision hands-on lab at the Petroleum Packaging Council

AlpVision is glad to announce the first official authentication hands-on lab at one of our qualified printer partners exhibit during the Petroleum Packaging Council (PPC) Spring Meeting 2014 & Tradeshow, March 17th, in Tampa, Florida. You may also use this opportunity to meet with Quincy Mattingly, our Regional Manager, to discover for yourself the characteristics and strengths of AlpVision’s authentication solutions. Quincy will be present at the hands-on lab during the PPC tradeshow to discuss the technical details of the technology.

March 1, 2014

AlpVision to Exhibit and Present at IP Protect Expo 2014, March 11-12 in London

AlpVision is set to participate for a third year in IP Protect Expo 2014 (www.ip-protectexpo.com), an annual networking space for the worldwide intellectual property and brand protection community, scheduled to take place March 11-12, 2014 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, UK. Exhibiting in Stand #11, AlpVision will showcase its iPhone authentication application, capable of detecting AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint technologies. Speaking on February 6 as part of a seminar on “The use of mobile apps in product authentication,” Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder & CEO, will describe the smartphone as an authentication device, take a deeper look into automated covert brand authenticity and showcase real-world applications on various products, including packaging and molded parts.

February 15, 2014

AlpVision Fingerprint™ compatible with iPhone macro lenses

The Fingerprint AlpVision technology enables to authenticate molded or die stamped parts using just an iPhone. This authentication solution covers for instance plastic parts obtained by injection molding like caps, circuit breakers, flip-off caps, as well as metallic parts like those obtained by die stamping on metallic parts for the automotive industry. Until recently, this technology required to acquire an image of about 20mmx20mm of the object to be authenticated. However, we were recently able to adapt the algorithms and image processing routines in order to work with some macro lenses that are readily available for the iPhone. This enables to authenticate areas almost 10 times smaller and opens our solution to an even wider field of applications including for instance luxury watches.

January 5, 2014

AlpVision Fingerprint™ Deployment Effortless Thanks to Charmille Surface Finish Chart

AlpVision’s Fingerprint technology authenticates molded or stamped parts by automatically recognizing naturally occurring microscopic features found in a mold. Interesting and convenient, this solution allows brand owners and experts in the field to identify genuine from counterfeit products using an iPhone at any given time, without modifying anything in the production process. To proceed with the authentication, the item requires a matte finish, typically obtained by EDM or sandblasting. The AlpVision team was recently able to characterize this finish and show that a range of 21 to 48 on the Charmilles scale of roughness is appropriate for Fingerprint (or an Ra of 1.1 to 18.0 um). This marker is useful, as it will help suppliers effortlessly deploy AlpVision Fingerprint.

Year 2013

December 1, 2013

iPod Authentication? Yes, it Works!

Just a few months after the release of the first iPhone, Apple launched the iPod touch. Essentially, an iPod touch is an iPhone without phone capabilities that targets the gaming and music user segments. As AlpVision’s Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint technologies are compatible with iPhones 3 and up, we are frequently asked if we also support iPods. The short answer is “yes, it works”, starting with the 3rd generation of the iPod touch. As the iPod requires neither SIM card nor mobile subscription, it is a perfect solution for customers who wish to use the mobile device as a portable authentication tool. It should be noted that functionalities such as reporting and data mining are still possible via the wireless interface of the iPod touch. The fact that iPods are significantly less expensive than iPhones makes this solution even more attractive.

November 1, 2013

AlpVision Deploys its Mobile Authentication Solution on US Pharmaceutical Products

AlpVision has just successfully completed implementing its Cryptoglyph authentication solution for a large US based pharmaceutical company. Printing the Cryptoglyph did not alter in any way the printing process, which was printed in classic flexography using standard overprint varnish. The durability of the Cryptoglyph marking was successfully tested under several adverse conditions. Authentication can be performed instantly using a customized iPhone 4 or 5 application. The application was released on the company’s internal app store. AlpVision is the only company in the world that currently provides an invisible marking that has no impact on production, but can still be automatically authenticated with a smartphone.

October 16, 2013

AlpVision to Exhibit at 2013 IACC Annual Fall Conference

Based on the success of the Spring conference, AlpVision will exhibit again at the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) 2013 Fall Annual Conference to be held on October 16-18 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The Fall edition will give AlpVision an opportunity to present its latest mobile authentication solution applicable to packaging, labeling and molded products. AlpVision will also be available to demonstrate product authentication using WCO’s Interface Public-Members (IPM) tool. AlpVision’s participation holds great significance as the IACC brings together those on the forefront of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy in the automotive, apparel, luxury goods and pharmaceutical industries, to name a few. Please contact Quincy Mattingly at quincy.mattingly@alpvision.com to announce your participation.

September 20, 2013

MobileIron: A Secure Alternative to Deploying AlpVision’s Mobile Authentication Application

Because AlpVision’s brand protection and product authentication solutions are covert, AlpVision does not make its mobile authentication application available on the App Store. In addition, because each application is customized to meet brand owners’ unique authentication needs, customers prefer to manage application deployment internally. In answer to this need, AlpVision now designs a specific application package deployable on MobileIron (www.mobileiron.com). Available as an on-premise or a cloud solution, MobileIron is purpose-built to secure and manage mobile apps, documents, and devices for global companies. Concretely speaking, brand owners can control who gets access to AlpVision’s application; customize it; and, remote uninstall and update it. As a result, they are able to configure the application securely and roll it out at the desired scale.

August 5, 2013

AlpVision's Mobile Authentication Application Now Authenticates Footwear

According to the National Chamber Foundation, the estimated annual industry loss due to footwear counterfeiting in the U.S. is $12 billion. To combat counterfeit shoes, AlpVision offers the footwear industry its patented FingerprintT technology, a breakthrough covert anti-counterfeit solution that tracks and authenticates mass produced objects manufactured by molding. The solution applies to a wide variety of footwear items, including shoes, boots and sandals that have a rubber or plastic sole. The process simply requires capturing a digital image of the matte-finished sole during or post-production. The image is then used as a reference to perform product authentication. A regular iPhone equipped with AlpVision's product authentication application can be used to verify the authenticity of the shoe.

July 1, 2013

AlpVision Featured in July Issue of Labels & Labeling: Smart Technology

AlpVision is featured in the July issue of Labels & Labeling in an article entitled, "Smart Fight Against Counterfeits" by Carol Houghton.

The piece discusses improvements made to AlpVision's iPhone application now capable of detecting the company's Cryptoglyph invisible marking on labels of curved surfaces, such as vial labels and labels on wine and spirit bottles.

The article is available as a free downloadable PDF here.

June 3, 2013

AlpVision Presents at PP&LC's Spring 2013 Meeting at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA

AlpVision was recently invited to speak at the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) PP&LC (Pharmaceutical Packaging & Labeling Committee) spring 2013 meeting at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA. Under the theme of "Serialization & Anti-Counterfeiting", Quincy Mattingly, Regional Manager, presented "Digital Authentication Solutions for Pharmaceutical Products" to some 30 Sr. level managers/directors from major pharmaceutical companies, ranging from Alcon to UCB.

In addition to introducing AlpVision's Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint technologies, he described the smartphone as an authentication device, the impact of the European Directive 2011/62/EU on obligatory authentication features, and the integration of AlpVision's instant authentication application in WCO's Interface Public-Members (IPM) tool. [Pictured: Quincy Mattingly (left), Regional Manager, AlpVision, with Kay Harris, PP&LC Chairperson & Director, Global Graphics, Alcon]

May 28, 2013

AlpVision Marks World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2013

Established in 1988 by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG), World Anti-Counterfeiting Day gives us a chance to show you how you can help combat counterfeiting.

Tips for Brand Owners

AlpVision's product authentication and counterfeit protection solutions are developed with your existing operations and facilities in mind, and customized to meet your unique anti-counterfeiting needs. As our digital authentication solutions require no visible markings, no additional consumables, no special reading devices, and no changes to the production process, they are designed to seamlessly integrate your existing production lines and have the best security to price ratio on the market. Contact us at to request free information.

Tips for Customs Officers

AlpVision's instant authentication application is now integrated into WCO's Interface Public-Members (IPM) tool. Using IPM's application, simply scan the barcode and if the product is secured by AlpVision, IPM automatically launches AlpVision's authentication application, allowing you to instantly verify the authenticity of a product. Email us at to learn more.

Tips for Consumers

While our instant authentication solutions are not currently available for consumers, our product authentication and anti-counterfeit technologies are designed with you in mind, using only everyday consumer electronics, like office scanners and smartphones, to perform product verifications. Post a note of support recognizing our efforts to Twitter:

On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, we support @AlpVision's simple, high-security product #authentication solutions. #anticounterfeiting

May 2, 2013

The WCO announces that AlpVision is now IPM Connected

The World Customs Organization (WCO) was host to the 7th Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, held in Istanbul, Turkey, from April 24-26. On this occasion, the WCO introduced the new mobile version of the Interface Public-Members (IPM), its online tool serving as an interface between frontline Customs officers and the private sector. One of the first authentication solutions company to join IPM Connected is AlpVision. Rights holders who use IPM will, if they wish, provide Customs officers with AlpVision's instant authentication application available on standard smartphones. This collaboration harnesses WCO's operational power and AlpVision's technological expertise: Custom officers simply scan the barcode and if the product is secured by AlpVision, IPM automatically launches AlpVision's application, allowing them to instantly verify the authenticity of the product.

April 2, 2013

AlpVision's Mobile Authentication Solution Improved to Detect Standard Cryptoglyph-secured (dots) Packaging and Labeling

Offset printers, rejoice! Until now, AlpVision's iPhone authentication application detected varnish Cryptoglyph, a pseudo-random pattern of invisible micro-holes (40-80 microns) embedded in the standard varnish layer of folding carton, blister packs and labels. AlpVision now proposes an alternative mobile authentication solution capable of detecting standard Cryptoglyph, invisible micro-dots (10-15 microns) printed with regular visible ink. Combined with a readily available and inexpensive macro lens (here, an olloclip® macro lens), AlpVision's authentication application works with an image magnified 10 times, taken at a distance of approximately 12-15 mm. As with varnish Cryptoglyph-secured packaging and labeling, authentication takes less than 3 seconds. This quick-connect, light-weight solution is ideally suited for fast and highly-reliable verifications.

March 4, 2013

AlpVision's CEO Presents "Instant and Secure Brand Authentication Using a Smartphone" at IP Protect Expo 2013

AlpVision participated for a second year in IP Protect Expo on February 5-6, 2013 in London, UK. Exhibiting in Stand #11, AlpVision showcased its iPhone authentication application, capable of detecting AlpVision's Cryptoglyph and Fingerprint technologies. Speaking on February 6 as part of a seminar on "The use of mobile apps in product authentication," Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder & CEO, described the smartphone as an authentication device, took a deeper look into automated covert brand authenticity and showcased real-world applications on various packaging materials and packaging types using an iPhone. "For the first time in the history of brand authentication, it is possible to use everyday consumer electronics, such as the smartphone, to detect covert safety features and verify the authenticity of products," said Jordan.

February 8, 2013

AlpVision iPhone Authentication App Improved to Authenticate Vial Labels and Other Curved Surfaces

AlpVision has given its iPhone authentication app a welcomed update, namely better detection of labels for curved surfaces. As opposed to flat surfaces, round labels have different depths of field and focus, and generate geometrical distortions. By enhancing the algorithms used to detect AlpVision Cryptoglyph® on flat surfaces, the updated app can now recognize a Cryptoglyph laid out over a curved surface, while counteracting the label distortions. AlpVision's adapted app applies to a wide variety of products, including vial labels, wine & spirits rectangular or neck labels, and aerosol spray can labels, to name a few. The same application can also authenticate AlpVision FingerprintT, applicable to curved plastic molded parts. Working in real-time, verification takes less than 3 seconds, including time to pick up the item and position the iPhone over it.

January 9, 2013

AlpVision in Anti-Counterfeiting Top 25

AlpVision is among Global Identification's Top 25 Suppliers of anti-counterfeiting & product security technologies! This Top 25 Suppliers of Anti-counterfeiting & Product Security Technology Directory presents active players who provide products and services for instantly validating authenticity. Solutions include RFID chips, tags and labels, holograms, smart technology, tamper-evident closures, special inks, nano-materials, readers, printers, recognition equipment, software solutions and other forms of relevant auto ID technology for manufacturers and governments to help them protect brands and revenue. Download the Directory here.

Year 2012

December 3, 2012

New! AlpVision's Authentication App Now Available on iPhone 5

A year ago, AlpVision released an iPhone 4/4S application capable of authenticating AlpVision's digital invisible anti-counterfeit technologies. AlpVision's mobile authentication solution applies to a wide range of items, including packaging, labeling and plastic molded parts. Today, AlpVision has successfully ported the application to the iPhone 5 platform and delivered it to a customer. The iPhone 5 increases the detection speed by a factor of two (approximately 20 authentications per second), and its 4-inch display, coupled with its light weight, further improves the user's experience. Regardless of the iOS version, AlpVision's authentication application is entirely backward compatible. AlpVision will continue to leverage the iPhone 5's imaging improvements and processing power to optimize its authentication application, unlocking a wider range of functions and features.

November 30, 2012

AlpVision's CEO Presents at Janoschka's Innovation Day for Brand Security Solutions.

Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder and CEO of AlpVision, was invited to speak at Janoschka's Innovation Day for Brand Security Solutions on November 30, 2012, in Kippenheim, Germany. Janoschka is a global leader in prepress solutions. Speaking to a group of brand owners, printers and converters, Dr. Jordan described AlpVision's Cryptoglyph technology as a means to sustainably protect folding carton, blister packs, labels and leaflets using standard printing processes and regular visible ink or varnish. He also demonstrated the authentication of a pharmaceutical package using an iPhone. Hosted by the Janoschka Academy, the second edition of the Innovation Day highlighted the growing interest and need of brand owners and printers for sustainable security features to combat counterfeiting.

October 1, 2012

AlpVision iPhone App Now Authenticates Blister Packs.

In response to industry needs, AlpVision has adapted its iPhone authentication application to blister packs with cavities as small as 5 mm in diameter and covered with dense artwork. Combined with a readily available and inexpensive macro lens (In the picture, the iPhone is equipped with an olloclip® macro lens.), AlpVision's authentication application works with an image magnified ten times, taken at a distance of approximately 12-15 mm. By capturing the finest structure nuances of the foil, AlpVision's authentication application allows brand owners, manufacturers and experts to verify the authenticity of blister packs in less than 3 seconds. This quick-connect, light-weight solution is ideally suited to perform fast and highly-reliable verifications at the manufacturing facility or in the field.

September 3, 2012

AlpVision Completes Successful Exhibition at Imaging Supplies Coalition Anti-Counterfeiting Conference in Las Vegas.

AlpVision participated in the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) 14th International Anti-Counterfeiting Conference held on August 19 through 21 in Las Vegas, NV. The conference was attended by approximately 75 industry specialists and coalition members, including Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Toshiba, and Xerox. Speaking on "Digital Solutions for Imaging Supplies Protection," Quincy Mattingly, Regional Manager, introduced a covert, multilayer brand protection solution for packaging, toner, inkjet cartridges, and batteries detectable using a scanner or iPhone. He explained how brand owners could use their own consumables and existing printing equipment to protect their products against counterfeiting. Discussions made clear that protecting imaging supplies is a critical issue.

August 2, 2012

AlpVision Releases ScanHelper, No Installation Required.

AlpVision, a world leader in digital solutions for product authentication, is releasing ScanHelper, a standalone Microsoft Windows computer program that allows brand owners to easily scan AlpVision-secured packaging and products using a standard flatbed scanner.

Unlike other third-party scanner software, ScanHelper is a simple, fully-integrated scanning software that does not require any special user training. Simply place the suspect packaging or product on the scanner and click the Preview button. Click on the desired scan location and hit the Scan button. AlpVision's ScanHelper will then generate a scanned image that can be sent via email to the authentication officer or uploaded to KrypsosT, AlpVision's web application for easy online authentication.

User-friendly, efficient and foolproof, AlpVision's ScanHelper can be downloaded and run on any existing PC installed with Windows XP or a later version. For questions or pricing information, please contact us.

August 2, 2012

AlpVision Granted U.S. Patent for "Means for Using Microstructure of Materials Surface as a Unique Identifier."

The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent No. 8,180,174, covering AlpVision's FingerprintT technology or the use of material or document microstructures for tracking, tampering and anti-counterfeiting purposes.

The patent distinguishes AlpVision's Fingerprint from other anti-counterfeiting technologies because it requires no marking (uses the object "as is"), is detectable using standard imaging devices (e.g. scanner), and supports mass production. In particular, the patent describes three types of fingerprints (unique, microscopic and macroscopic fingerprints), the identification phases (parameter settings, image acquisition and identification), as well as various microstructures (chemical etching, stamped material, brushed material, etc.) and materials (metals, resins, coating, molded materials, etc.).

This granting brings the number of patents to 44. View patent here.

June 7, 2012

AlpVision Marks World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2012.

Established in 1988 by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG), World Anti-Counterfeiting Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the international costs of counterfeiting and piracy.

On this day, AlpVision would like to call attention to the economic, social and, too often, adverse health and safety effects posed by counterfeiting. According to the International Intelligence Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce, counterfeiting accounts for between 5 - 7% of world trade, worth an estimated $600 billion a year. The problem with counterfeit products has become even more pressing with the ability to purchase goods through the Internet and because of the "high profit and the relative low risk" margin (Source: World Intellectual Property Organization).

Since 2001, AlpVision has been doing its share to combat this growing phenomenon. Simple and industry-proven, AlpVision's cost-effective, high-security digital authentication solutions protect billions of branded products and packaging worldwide in the pharmaceutical, oil & gas, tobacco & spirits, and electromechanical industries, to name a few. Unlike other anti-counterfeit solutions available on the market today, AlpVision's invisible anti-counterfeit technologies require no additional consumables or changes to the production process and leverage everyday consumer electronics, such as scanners and smartphones, to detect fake branded items.

On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, AlpVision encourages brand owners and consumers alike to take this problem seriously. For more information on AlpVision's digital authentication solutions, please contact us.

June 1, 2012

AlpVision Founders Published in Esteemed Scientific Publications.

Dr. Martin Kutter, President, and Dr. Fred Jordan, CEO, were recently published in two esteemed scientific publications. The first article titled Industry-suitable Technologies to Protect Pharma Products against Counterfeiting appeared in the March 2012 edition of the peer-reviewed International Pharmaceutical Industry (IPI) magazine. The second titled Identifying Counterfeit Medicines with Industry-Suitable Technologies was published in the May/June 2012 issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering, the official magazine of ISPE.

Both articles present the latest pharmaceutical anti-counterfeit technology developments and describe different criteria which will help readers select those that best safeguard patient safety and the integrity of valuable pharmaceutical brands and products.

May 16, 2012

AlpVision and Nolato Medical Announce Joint Collaboration to Protect Primary Plastic Packaging for the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Coined the "crime of the 21st century," counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products accounts for an estimated $600 billion in global trade. Among other preventive measures, packaging can play an important role in deterring copying, tampering or package pilferage.

In response, AlpVision, the world's leader in digital invisible technologies for product authentication and brand protection, and Nolato Medical, a leader in polymer products and subsystems, are leveraging each other's expertise to establish collaborative activities to protect primary pharmaceutical packaging against counterfeiting. Download Press Release

May 9, 2012

AlpVision's CEO Presents at Pro Carton Congress and at the 3rd University of Würzburg Anti-Counterfeit Conference in Germany.

Dr. Fred Jordan, Co-founder and CEO of AlpVision, recently presented "Digital Solutions for Packaging Authentication" at the International Pro Carton Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany, and "Authenticating Medicines with an iPhone 4 App" at the 3rd University of Würzburg Anti-Counterfeit Conference in Würzburg, Germany.

In both instances, Dr. Jordan covered various questions related to deploying a cost-effective, high-security anti-counterfeiting program by a branded product manufacturer using product and packaging components and a scanner or iPhone as the detection device.

May 4, 2012

AlpVision Completes Successful Exhibition at Interphex 2012 in New York, USA.

AlpVision completed a successful three-day exhibition at Interphex 2012, from May 1-3, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Interphex is the leading trade event to create innovative solutions that improve manufacturing and supply chain performance for pharmaceutical, biologic, generic and service provider professionals.

Mr. Quincy Mattingly, AlpVision's Regional Manager, presented and demonstrated AlpVision's breakthrough iPhone application for instant product and packaging authentication.

April 5, 2012

AlpVision launches iPhone 4 instant product authentication of Varnish Cryptoglyph® secured packaging and labeling.

AlpVision announces the launch of an iPhone 4 instant product authentication application capable of detecting its Varnish Cryptoglyph solution, an invisible marking embedded in the standard varnish coating applied to packaging and labeling.

While still detectable using an ordinary office scanner, brand owners can now perform instant product authentication on any Varnish Cryptoglyph secured packaging using an iPhone 4-like device, therefore multiplying the number of verifications along the supply chain without changing the flow, speed or cost of production. Download Press Release

March 30, 2012

AlpVision Completes Successful Exhibition at IP Protect Expo in London, UK.

AlpVision completed a successful two-day exhibition at IP Protect Expo, from March 28-29, 2012, at the Business Design Centre in London, UK. IP Protect Expo is the definitive intellectual property and brand protection trade exhibition – by industry, for industry.

AlpVision presented its digital invisible technologies for product authentication and counterfeit protection, detectable using a standard flatbed scanner or iPhone.

Year 2011

Nov. 15, 2011

New premiere at AlpVision: an iPhone4 application for identification of counterfeited molded parts on-the-fly.

AlpVision has made a big step forward in providing mobility for on-the-fly "Genuine or Fake" verification of molded parts. This applies to many items, for example for Fast Moving Consumer Goods containers, which are present in millions of stores worldwide.

Using AlpVision's patented Fingerprint technology, a regular Apple iPhone4 equipped with the AlpVision "Genuine or Fake" detection software is sufficient for verification of the authenticity of a plastic molded part anywhere anytime.

Nov. 03, 2011

AlpVision, top finalist nominee at the Swiss Technology Award 2011.

According to INSEAD 2011 GII (Global Innovation Index), Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world. AlpVision is therefore especially proud to have been selected as a top 3 finalist from 70 innovative projects for the Swiss Technology Award 2011.

The awarded technology was Cryptoglyph invisible marking which protects products against counterfeiting since 2003 and which is patented (granted) in 17 countries, including Europe, USA, People Republic of China, India, etc., and is well placed to respond to new regulations related to product authentication in various countries.

Since 2003, considerable and continuous expansion has been achieved in the protection of billions of packaging components against counterfeiting for prestigious brands worldwide.

Oct. 15, 2011

AlpVision participated to the GSS - Global Secure Summit in Prague, Czech Republic.

Brand security is a worldwide problem that is increasing and affecting many successful companies across all industries. Today, more than ever, companies need to combat security risks before it is too late. Vital knowledge to make informed decisions is crucial.

AlpVision had the opportunity to meeting face to face a series of decision makers of various industries and to showcase its digital solutions for product authentication in the Innovation exhibition hall of the Hilton Prague Hotel.

Sept. 15, 2011

"Embedded QA": a new Quality Assessment device for Cryptoglyph® printers.

This new device developed by AlpVision will provide packaging printers and converters with a portable Quality Control device with the goal of verifying the presence of the Cryptoglyph® invisible marking. The (rechargeable) battery powered system enables testing of offset plates before printing and performance of sample testing of printed matter on the printing line. This is a more convenient device to operate in the environment of the printing press room, complementing the former Quality Control tools based on flatbed scanners already deployed.

May. 23, 2011

AlpVision contributed to Chapter 21 of the newly edited (May 16, 2011) Handbook of nutraceuticals Volume II

Edited by Yashwant Pathak Ph.D., Chair and Professor at Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, at the CRC Press, ISBN 9781439823682, this handbook describes various processes used in nutraceutical manufacturing. As for pharmaceutical products, branded nutraceuticals which are becoming more and more popular, are also targets for counterfeiters.

AlpVision is very proud to have been selected as a contributor to this handbook in describing (pp. 541 - 546) why anti-counterfeiting and traceability are different problems, requiring different solutions. On the one hand, traceability needs standardization and interoperability amongst the various manufacturers and the intervening third parties within the supply chain up to the retail point; on the other hand, anti-counterfeiting features, especially those invisible to the naked eye or covert ones, need secrecy and confidentiality. They should be constantly kept in pace with the technological advances of the counterfeiters.

April 14, 2011

Big success for AlpVision at Interphex 2011 in New York, March 29-31.

Building on its North American presence through the recent opening of offices in the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago, AlpVision presented at Interphex 2011 its full range of digital on-packaging and on-dosage product authentication solutions.

In the main lobby a hostess showing a sign reading "Stop counterfeiters, smugglers and market diversion" guided visitors to the AlpVision booth for live demonstrations. Over 70 US and international companies had the opportunity to meet and discuss with our regional manager to learn how their pharma products could benefit from the unique, simple and pragmatic AlpVision digital covert security solutions.

March. 15, 2011

Two more pharma manufacturers rely on AlpVision anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Two other main pharmaceutical producers of branded medicines have signed licenses for roll-out of AlpVision's covert digital solutions for product authentication. The worldwide deployment will take place in the course of 2011. This confirms AlpVision as a leading provider of the pharmaceutical industry, helping branded product manufacturers to combat counterfeiting and to uncover market diversion and other frauds.

Jan. 17, 2011

A new pharma manufacturer relies on AlpVision anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Debiopharm Group, a leader in the field of drug development and of innovative drug delivery processes, has decided to use an AlpVision digital solution for product authentication. This strategic decision will involve the setup and implementation of a tool to protect against potential pharmaceutical product counterfeiters at a worldwide level.

"Even though Debiopharm is not aware of any existing counterfeits of its manufactured products, our group will implement such tools during 2011. This will constitute an additional measure proposed by Debiopharm in the interest of our partners and of patients' security."

"Counterfeiting is an unacceptable threat for healthcare. Debiopharm wants to further protect its products with appropriate systems. Drugs manufactured by Debiopharm are safe and under control, it is our aim to make our best efforts to guarantee this safety", said a spokesman from Debiopharm.

AlpVision is very proud to see its digital solutions for product authentication adopted by an important player of the pharma industry, a recipient of the "2010 Frost & Sullivan European Biopharmaceuticals Company of the Year" Award.

Year 2010

Nov. 15, 2010

"Black Horn": a new tool for rapid Cryptoglyph verification.

AlpVision has developed a new tool to rapidly verify the presence or the absence of Cryptoglyph invisible marking on packaging. This new system enables instant authentication of a folding box secured with the Cryptoglyph technology at a speed of up to 15 detections per second.

The authentication system includes a standard PC and an imaging device. The device is a simple USB camera which can be bought on the Internet for less than $400, including a black adapter ($20).

The authentication operation itself is intuitive: just pass the "Black Horn" over the box; the software beeps to indicate that authentication occurred.

The speed and ease of this operation is similar to the reading of a barcode with a laser reader. In addition, the system also recovers the printer and batch information hidden in Cryptoglyph.

Sept. 16, 2010

AlpVision opens its North American regional office in Chicago IL,

Sears Tower (Willis Tower), 84th floor.

AlpVision has selected Chicago, Illinois, for its North American regional office opened on Sept. 13th, 2010, with the mission to better support the US and Canadian branches of its current customers and to acquire new clients.

North America offers a large portfolio of prospects and the opportunity to replicate the Cryptoglyph® and FingerprintT success stories already well developed in Europe. In early 2011 this new regional office will be given the technical resources to become self standing for North American operations.

The establishment of a US office is a logical step for AlpVision, given that all major US packaging printers have been supplying Cryptoglyph® secured packaging for several years now.

The Chicago region has been selected because of its high density of branded product manufacturers as well as packaging printers and converters. This North American regional office is the first step in the development of an international presence that will see AlpVision established in other major markets in the future.

AlpVision North American Regional Office, Sears Tower, 233 South Wacker Dr., 84th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606, USA.

Phone: 312 283 8260, Fax: 312 283 8261.

July 1st, 2010

AlpVision's 2009 fiscal year results.

During its annual shareholders' meeting, AlpVision's president, Dr. Martin Kutter, informed the shareholders that the company had maintained its profitability in 2009 despite the gloomy economy. The perspectives for 2010 are excellent due to a slight shift forward of various projects. The payroll continued to increase consistently with the firm demand for software development and maintenance from the Forbes 2000 companies relying on AlpVision's anti-counterfeiting solutions, both On-Packaging (Cryptoglyph®) and On-Product/On-Dosage (FingerprintT).

This very healthy situation provides AlpVision the means to further expand its IP portfolio, thus protecting its clients' investment in AlpVision's patented technology.

June 1st, 2010

AlpVision will participate to the Global GS1 healthcare Conference, June 22-24, Geneva, Switzerland.

The pharmaceutical industry is an important part of the AlpVision customers' portfolio for delivering proven product authentication solutions.

New regulations are under discussion or implementation, which are related to traceability of medicine doses. Now a more and more clear differentiation between serialization of production items and authentication processes has been finally identified by the various pharma intervening parties.

Serialization should provide traceability in case of product withdrawal or market diversion for example while authentication should enable identifying genuine medicine from fake ones, even correctly serialized. AlpVision will delegate a representative to contribute to workshops where these questions will be debated.

May. 14, 2010

Another important US patent granted to AlpVision.

Another important patent, part of AlpVision's portfolio of 35 patents has been granted in the USA, March 23, 2010.

The patent (No. 7,684,088) describes a process to prevent counterfeiting or alteration of a printed or engraved surface, characterized by the incorporation of a signature of the form of a digital mark into parts or the entire document, and in particular a digital mark technology to hide information in an invisible way through over-printing by using a method called asymmetric amplitude modulation.

This method can be applied to any type of printed material such as paper, packaging, or any other surface. Visible information can also be printed over the digital mark. It applies to packaging, labeling, carton and aluminum foils as well as value documents.

April. 30, 2010

Digimarc and AlpVision Join Forces with Worldwide Strategic License Agreement.

Beaverton, OR USA and Vevey, Switzerland - April 30, 2010 - Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC) a leading supplier of digital watermarking technologies and solutions, and AlpVision, an emerging leader in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting solutions headquartered in Switzerland, are joining forces with a worldwide strategic license agreement.

The agreement enables Digimarc to benefit from AlpVision's expertise in brand protection security solutions and provides to AlpVision a gateway to the U.S. market.

Download the complete Press Release in English

March. 20, 2010

Important US patent granted to AlpVision.

An important patent, part of AlpVision's portfolio of 35 patents has been granted in the USA, applying to the use of low resolution office document scanners for detection of high security Cryptoglyph based on extremely small dots invisible to the naked eye, printed with regular visible ink.

Intellectual Property (IP) is a key value of AlpVision and is part of its royalty based business model. AlpVision protects with patents all IP related to new security related technologies and new applications of security technologies through project development, studies and system enhancements. This strategy enables the AlpVision's customers to rely on a robust and sustainable technology, thus protecting their investment in AlpVision's anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Jan. 15, 2010

New AlpVision's Fingerprint™ application enables detection of counterfeiting and remarking of Integrated Circuits (ICs).

Using a simple off-the-shelf flatbed scanner, instant verification is performed online, anywhere, anytime. An image of the upper surface of the case is sent to a KrypsosT secured server, where it is automatically compared with reference images stored in a database, allowing identification of the ICs of the original manufacturer. The AlpVision solution protects current ICs in stock, those already distributed in the supply chain and the ones already implemented before the deployment of the FingerprintT anti-counterfeiting program.

Year 2009

Oct. 27, 2009

AlpVision will speak and exhibit at Pharmapack Feb. 1-2, 2010 in Paris.

Under the theme of "How innovations in Packaging and Drug Delivery Packaging Enhance Health product Safety", AlpVision was selected to present his anti-counterfeiting solutions on Monday Feb. 1st, 2010, at 12.30 under the title of "Low-cost effective invisible anti-counterfeiting solutions to protect primary and secondary packaging and labels, as well as the tablet itself", during the session devoted to "Safety and traceability of pharmaceutical packaging : fight against counterfeits".


A few Pharma items protected by AlpVision.

Oct. 20, 2009

AlpVision is using WebEx for online meetings.

AlpVision selected WebEx for delivering real-time on-demand interactive web conferencing. This powerful interactive web technology allows AlpVision to demonstrate live its various solutions for protecting packaging and products against counterfeiting.

WebEx enables AlpVision to perform worldwide live demonstrations just using a phone and an Internet connection, this to show how simple flatbed scanners or camera phones can authenticate brand products worldwide.

Sept. 15, 2009

New Fingerprint™ application to uncover branded shoe counterfeits, using a common "off-the-shelf" flatbed scanner.

Under its constant and unswerving commitment to bring innovative solutions based on demand, AlpVision has developed a very simple solution to uncover counterfeits for a major manufacturer of branded shoes.

An image of part of the sole, processed using the FingerprintT proprietary digital imaging software, is enough to identify the production of all shoes made using the same sole mould. The "Genuine or Fake" verification is performed worldwide using a common flatbed scanner. This solution applies to any shoe having a moulded sole.

July 31st, 2009

AlpVision's anti-counterfeiting solutions receive the sustainability label at PackExpo.

Within the context of its imminent presence at PackExpo 2009, Las Vegas, USA, Oct. 5-7, stand S-5149, AlpVision has been awarded the "sustainability label", in recognition of its Brand Protection Solutions which protect packaging and labeling against counterfeiting without any extra energy consumption compared to non-protected packaging or labeling.

This recognition creates unique positioning for AlpVision, set against the numerous anti-counterfeiting solutions involving extra security features which incur additional energy consumption in the packaging and labeling. production lines.

As sustainability becomes a key industry issue, AlpVision is very proud that its anti-counterfeiting solutions generate no extra energy consumption, nor extra production cost, thereby fully complying with strict sustainability requirements.

June 29th, 2009

AlpVision's 2008 fiscal year results.

During its annual shareholders meeting, President, Dr. Martin Kutter, has informed the AlpVision's shareholders of the 36% turnover increase compared to 2007 and the 35.6% increase of the resulting operating profit (EBIT) showed over 2007, despite a significant increase of the payroll to support the growth.

Dr. Kutter also mentioned the further deployment of the AlpVision's brand protection solutions to cover more products in more geographical locations, with for the first time a significant contribution resulting from the new patented FingerprintT technology.

This solution has an enormous potential for identifying counterfeits of molded and stamped parts without additional marking; based on imaging references captured at the manufacturing and stored in a secured server, Fingerprint™ uses a simple office scanner or a mobile phone camera to identify counterfeits in the field worldwide. This solution also applies for medicinal tablets.

Decision was made to participate at EuroMold 2009 in Frankfort, Germany, Dec. 2009 to showcase the Fingerprint™ solution to the molding world, which concerns numerous industries, such as automotive, aerospace, sanitary facilities, toys, electrical and electronics appliances, etc.

May 16th, 2009

AlpVision has developed a simple and easy to use Cryptoglyph Quality Control system for packaging printers.

The number of printers producing packaging protected by Cryptoglyph, the AlpVision machine readable covert security features for manufacturers of branded products, is increasing considerably. In response to the demand, AlpVision has developed a new stand-alone Cryptoglyph quality control system that printers can use during production runs. This system enables printers to quickly check the quality of the printed Cryptoglyph, which is typically required by good manufacturing practices applied, for example, in the pharmaceutical industries.

The secrecy of the covert feature is not endangered, because two encryption keys are used: One key embedded in the new Cryptoglyph quality control system enables decoding of the public part of the covert feature used for quality control; the other key is kept secret on the KrypsosT secured server and remains only known to the branded product manufacturer using a Cryptoglyph license.

April 24th, 2009

AlpVision strengthens its presence in mechanical industries, both at Baselworld and Aerospace Manufacturing in Stuttgart.

AlpVision launched new solutions at Baselworld 2009 - Basel, Switzerland: using an off-the-shelf USB microscope to distinguish counterfeit solid parts from authentic ones, without additional marking on the parts and with no incremental production costs.

AlpVision demonstrated as a world premiere, how to identify a genuine dial through the watch glass, without any dismantling being necessary. It also demonstrated in Stuttgart how a simple office scanner can authenticate electromechanical parts.

Download the complete Baselworld Press Release in English or French.

March 17th, 2009

World premiere from AlpVision unveiled at INTERPHEX 2009:
Detect counterfeit tablets with an ordinary office scanner.

AlpVision launched a new solution as a world premiere at INTERPHEX 2009 - New York: using an ordinary office scanner it is now possible to distinguish counterfeit tablets from authentic ones, without additional marking on the tablets and with no incremental production costs.

AlpVision expands its line of covert anti-counterfeiting solutions applied to primary packaging (blister packs), secondary packaging (folding boxes) and labels with one that is applied to the tablet itself.

Download the complete Press Release in English, French or German.

February 2nd, 2009

Videos from this year's Pharmapack:
AlpVision interview.

Thanks to Decisionnewsmedia who delegated its video team to Pharmapack Paris, Jan. 21-22, AlpVision had the opportunity to discuss the importance of brand authenticity for medicines and was able to clearly differentiate product identification and pedigree programs versus product authentication and the uncover of fraudulent market diversion programs.

If products identification needs standardization and interoperability because pharmaceutical products of various manufacturers are mixed in many points of the supply chain, on the contrary authentication needs secrecy and cannot be standardized, especially if covert solutions are used.

Click here to watch the video (7.3 Mb).

January 15th, 2009

AlpVision published the first issue of a bi-monthly electronic Newsletter.

In order to provide important information to customers as well as anyone interested in Brand Protection and Document Security. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please fill in the form at the Newsletter dedicated web page.

Headlines of this first issue are:

  • AlpVision protects large volumes of cigarettes packages against counterfeiting.

  • Over 10 million banking documents protected by AlpVision today.

  • AlpVision presence at Pharmapack 2009, Paris Jan. 21-22.

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    Year 2008

    November 21st, 2008

    AlpVision was successful at "Emballage - Pack the World" in Paris by attracting numerous visitors to view the range of Cryptoglyph covert anti-counterfeiting solutions.

    AlpVision showcased its Cryptoglyph digital covert solutions, used for protecting packaging and labeling against counterfeiting. Numerous visitors from the packaging industry and product manufacturers were attracted by Cryptoglyph's seamless integration in existing production flows with no extra production cost.

    October 23rd, 2008

    AlpVision presented its Fingerprint authentication and serialization solutions for solid parts, without marking at "Traçabilité" Paris - France.

    AlpVision showcased its FingerprintT digital authentication and serialization solutions for solid parts. AlpVision co-sponsored the afternoon conference on "Counterfeiting" which gathered a numerous public looking for recent development and solutions provided by various suppliers.

    AlpVision had the opportunity to present its unique patented proposal to use intrinsic microstructures observed on various materials (metal, plastic, leather, etc.) to identify unique products, using off-the-shelf digital imaging capture devices such as low cost office scanners, consumer electronics digital cameras, mobile phones or USB microscopes.

    September 17th, 2008

    AlpVision presented its digital authentication solutions at the "Third Authentication Connections Forum 2008" in Prague, Czech Republic.

    AlpVision presented its turnkey security and brand protection solutions which are based on digital analysis of images and the detection of signals that have a very low signal to noise ratio. For durable goods, such as watches, jewerly, mechanical parts or electromechanical components, AlpVision presented read-only solutions which cannot be falsified. These solutions, sold under the name of FingerprintT, enable identification of originals through image capture of the object in normal light, followed by analysis of the result in comparison with the manufacturer's product database.

    With 35 patents issued or pending, AlpVision has developed breakthrough solutions setting up new low cost standards allowing brand owners to get rapid return on investment for their brand protection and product authentication programs.

    September 1st, 2008

    AlpVision announced protecting leather objects against counterfeiting.

    Luxury leather goods are exposed to massive counterfeiting worldwide and people who believe they are buying genuine objects in good faith ultimately will enjoy a fake product paid for at around the price of a genuine one.

    The AlpVision FingerprintT individual authentication process applies in this case. Authentication is completed remotely via standard image capture devices connected to Internet or Mobile networks, avoiding the time delay and the cost of sending a suspicious object back to the brand owner for examination by experts.

    Download the complete Press Release both in English and French.

    July 2, 2008

    AlpVision was a Silver Sponsor of the "Securing the Pharma Supply Chain" conference in Amsterdam.

    AlpVision helped the specialists among the speakers and participants to get together and exchange their views on the complex question of how best to secure the pharma supply chain in the interest of patient safety.

    AlpVision took the opportunity to present its KrypsosT solution offering a single point of contact for the supply chain and providing management of anti-counterfeiting measures and the means to uncover gray markets. The use of only regular visible ink for production of covert (invisible to the naked eye) marking amazed the pharma specialists present. Similarly, they were impressed by the use of standard low cost office scanner or PDA phone to authenticate primary and secondary packaging both online and off-line. See the complete list of speakers who attended the event.

    May 8, 2008

    AlpVision exhibited at the European Automotive Components EXPO '08 in Stuttgart, Germany to showcase its Fingerprint technology used to identify genuine solid objects from fake ones.

    Visitors to Stuttgart were able to see the full spectrum of the latest automotive components.

    AlpVision took the opportunity to present its new Fingerprint Read-Only brand protection solution which cannot be falsified. On booth 4000, Hall 3, AlpVision demonstrated how to identify genuine spark plugs and oil filters from fake ones, using a standard USB microscope in normal light (see image) and a regular office scanner to capture an image for product authentication. Download the complete Press Release.

    April 16, 2008

    During the Americas Technology Summit for Pharma Packaging 2008 at San Jose Puerto Rico, AlpVision demonstrated in public "genuine or fake" detection using an ordinary off-line PDA camera, just as simply as taking a family photograph.

    Sponsored by industry leaders National Label and MeadWestvaco (MWV), the event was attended by participants from the leading pharmaceutical players worldwide. See the full program here.

    AlpVision took the opportunity to present its mature covert Cryptoglyph brand protection solutions, including unique technology with superior performance comprising micro holes generated in a varnish layer applied with a flexographic printing process. View the short video showing how the off-line image capture is done with an ordinary PDA. (2 MB video).

    March 26, 2008

    AlpVision best performing covert security feature produced at zero production cost! Another AlpVision premiere at the sixth annual Pharma Packaging and Labeling. event in Amsterdam, March 26, 2008.

    AlpVision, the leading supplier of digital imaging solutions for brand protection and document security, already protecting over a billion branded products worldwide, has transformed desire into reality: the application of a feature providing a very high level of covert security for packaging and labeling. at zero production cost.

    No special ink, no taggants, no extra security features: just a pattern of micro holes invisible to the naked eye, generated in the varnish layer within standard printing processes (rotogravure, flexography, offset). The covert security feature is produced without any change in the production process and without alteration of the production speed. The process even saves a small percentage of the varnish ink compared to the printing of the same packaging or labeling. without the covert protection. Download the complete Press Release.

    March 5, 2008

    AlpVision announced a strong growth in the results for 2007: a double digit increase for both turnover and EBIT, as well as an increase in net earnings ratio.

    2007 proved to be a signal year for the acceptance of AlpVision's solutions by leaders in the pharmaceutical and mass market consumer products industries which count among the 100 largest companies in the world.

    The turnover increased 42% compared to 2006 and the resulting operating profit (EBIT) amounted 2.3 million Swiss francs (2.2 million US dollars), a 83% increase over 2006, thus assuring the means to internally finance the further development of the company.

    Download the complete Press Release both in English and French.

     

    Year 2007

    Nov. 20-21, 2007

    AlpVision received a commendation at the PISEC 07 trade show in London for its development of authenticity products, a category of the PISEC Awards contest.

    Amongst the 25 companies entering the contest, AlpVision received the commendation for its major contribution in developing covert security with standard printing processes and normal ink.

    The Jury highlighted that AlpVision solutions were now open to end consumers using standard home PC equipment and basic image capture devices such as flatbed scanners, PDA phones or webcams. This opens up a new era for security products in the hands of end consumers, as well as new applications for the fast developing mobile commerce sector.

    AlpVision is proud to see its consistent approach receive recognition at PISEC 07 and will continue to develop innovative digital imaging based security solutions for brand and document protection.


    Nov. 1st, 2007

    AlpVision announces the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance for its KrypsosT open platform to combat counterfeits.

    For major deployments, which will bring covert protection to over a billion products worldwide by first quarter 2008, AlpVision Krypsos successfully achieved compliance with the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements for Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures (ERES) issued by the Department of Health and Human Services of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The Krypsos online authentication solution enables branded product manufacturers to provide their supply chain with a single point of contact for both fraud detection and genuine product authentication. It also provides valuable logistics data, such as gray market consolidation, and can generate helpful online notifications for mobile commerce. See details or download press releases in PDF format: English - Français - Deutsch.


    Oct. 10-12, 2007

    AlpVision exhibited at Intergraf 2007, 11th Security Suppliers' Exhibition in Nice (France).

    Since 1991 an exhibition has been organized alongside the Security Printers' Conference. It offers printers and suppliers the opportunities to present their technology and know-how. 70 companies were advertising their newest products at Nice.

    On its booth No 44, AlpVision demonstrated its full range of covert document and brand protection solutions using standard ink and standard printing equipment. The very selected visitors were amongst government printers, security printers and system integrators coming from all over the world to gather in a high professional environment. A series of more relax events favoring exchange of views and first class networking held also at Nice. AlpVision was proud to see its solutions considered as a real breakthrough, opening new perspectives in security printing, using software and digital imaging technology.


    Sept. 25-27, 2007

    AlpVision exhibited at FachPack / PrintPack 2007 in Nuremberg (Germany) at Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Special Show.

    FachPack / Printpack is one of the most important packaging exhibition in Central Europe. This year it attracted 1,326 exhibitors on 48,600 m2 from Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, France, Belgium and other European countries.

    For the first time a special show dedicated to Anti-Counterfeiting Packaging Solutions was organized in hall 7, where visitors could compare various covert and overt solutions from leading brand protection firms. Once again, the Cryptoglyph unique covert Brand Protection solution of AlpVision, using only standard ink and standard packaging production lines, attracted numerous visitors from various industries especially pharmaceuticals, manufacturing as well as packaging.


    Sept. 10, 2007

    AlpVision joined BASCAP - Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy as an active member of its Brand Protection Directory.

    "Counterfeiting and piracy are spiraling out of control. The drain on our businesses and on the global economy is now significant. It has resulted in the widespread loss of lawful employment and a massive reduction of tax revenues. The creative community is robbed of reward for effort and innovation. The incentive to invest is reduced. Consumers are increasingly being harmed by unsafe counterfeit products. All signals also point to linkages with organized crime." Jean-René Fourtou, BASCAP co-chair.

    AlpVision is proud to support BASCAP, the International Chamber of Commerce® initiative, as an active member of its Brand Protection Directory. AlpVision will contribute as much as possible to share its expertise of protecting hundreds of millions of products worldwide with its covert anti-counterfeiting solutions.


    June 21-22, 2007

    AlpVision was invited by Dividella and its printing division Rondo from 21-22 June to Grabs, Switzerland, for the first Open House organized by the company in Europe.

    Dividella is a renowned international company specializing in the development and manufacture of machinery for the pharmaceutical industry. Hundreds of packaging specialists responded to the invitation, as well as some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The morning conferences, afternoon visits to AlpVision booth and the evening social event enabled AlpVision and Rondo to strengthen ties and coordinate with each other. They also discussed security solutions with pharmaceutical companies.

    For any question regarding this event, feel free to contact AlpVision's Communications Manager Roland Meylan at +4121 948 6464, ext. 15


    May 27, 2007

    AlpVision attended the Autopromotec fair in Bologna (Italy)

    Autopromotec is an international event gathering automobile spare parts manufacturers every other year. This show allowed AlpVision to deepen discussions with major players on anti-counterfeiting measures being taken to protect both consumers and companies against this plague.

    "In contrast to previous years, there is an obvious recognition by the largest manufacturers that counterfeiting requires an appropriate answer. The use of new technologies are being disclosed for the first time. For example Bosch GmbH has just launched a new Internet platform enabling distributors to check the authenticity of their products online", said Vice President AlpVision Philippe Jordan.

    AlpVision demonstrated the power of Cryptoglyph for protecting certificates, as well as the revolutionary FingerPrint process to authenticate both spare parts and moulds without changing anything in the production process or at product levels.


    May 14, 2007

    Putting an end to drug counterfeiting

    First Parliamentary European Symposium on Pharmaceuticals was held in Brussels on Monday, 14 May attracting over 300 attendees. Among them were MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) as well as representatives from the largest pharmaceutical companies. The chairman of Sanofi-Aventis, Jean-Francois Dehecq, reminded the audience how dramatic and serious the drug counterfeiting is, and how poorly prepared many European countries are to effectively fight it. MEP and Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Ms. Françoise Grossette suggested that this problem should be dealt with at a European level, and that an increasing effort should be made to support the battle.

    AlpVision Vice President, Philippe Jordan, reported that this first official meeting shows both the new awareness as well as the willingness of EU officials to support anti-counterfeiting cooperation and measures in Europe. The large presence of European media aimed at covering the event also demonstrates that the general public is concerned about drug counterfeiting, and it expects to be better informed about issues and solutions in the future.


    May 13, 2007

    AlpVision appears on France 3 Television

    In its Sunday May 13 Soir 3 Week-End edition the "Carnet d'Europe" concentrated on the very hot topic of the proliferation of fake medicine, especially on the Internet.
    Christophe Zimmermann, head of the Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy section of the World Customs Organisation, showed various fake products seized during customs inspections and mentioned that half the medicine purchased via Internet is fake. Thierry Cornillet, a European deputy, explained that producing fake medicine is more profitable and less dangerous compared to the heroin traffic. Cornillet suggested that new, more punitive legislation is necessary to inhibit medicine counterfeiting. Penalties should be more severe.

    This will be discussed during the next G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany to be held June 7-8. Soir 3 also visited a laboratory in Eschborn, Germany which highlighted the difficulties in differentiating authorized Internet dealers from fraudulent ones and the need to track and trace genuine medicine.

    Following through with their research on this important issue, Soir 3 visited AlpVision in Vevey, Switzerland, developer of the Cryptoglyph, an invisible marking of primary and secondary packaging. AlpVision demonstrated that anyone could perform such a genuine or fake identification using a simple office scanner or a camera phone and the AlpVision software running on a basic PC. Such a solution even provides "genuine" or "fake" identification for medicine bought through Internet shops, which is a convenient way for consumers to be able to verify the authenticity of their purchase. (Snapshots processed based on a Soir 3 video recording)


    March 27-29, 2007

    AlpVision at TechnoPharm 2007

    Over 15,000 visitors came to Nuremberg (Germany) to visit TechnoPharm, held from 27th to 29th March 2007. It is one of the most important trade shows in the pharmaceutical industry. This year, TechnoPharm had a special packaging pavilion, putting a special focus on drug counterfeiting. AlpVision was the only anti-counterfeiting supplier to show its solutions.

    At the AlpVision booth and during a scheduled presentation, Vice President Philippe Jordan demonstrated the power of AlpVision solutions against counterfeiting to many visitors, and explained how Cryptoglyph enables pharmaceutical companies to efficiently tackle counterfeiting and diversion.


    March 13, 2007

    AlpVision has been invited to present its pharmaceutical product security solutions at IMPACT First Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies Meeting in Prague

    As one of the few very select companies, AlpVision was invited by the World Health Organization International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (WHO - IMPACT) on 13th March 2007 in Prague to present its security solutions for fighting drug counterfeiting. More than 80 attendees from all over the world, including government representatives from the EU and Asia, as well as pharmaceutical security officers, heard the presentation by AlpVision Vice President Philippe Jordan.

    He reported that "The World Health Organisation showed a strong interest in a neutral solution capable of successfully integrating several kinds of security features.
    The AlpVision Krypsos™ solution is a server-based architecture that allows multiple authentication methods". As of today, hundreds of millions products have been secured by AlpVision worldwide.

    Download press releases in PDF format: In English - En français.


    Feb. 01, 2007

    AlpVision on the cover of Product & Image Security January/February issue

    For the first time, AlpVision disclosed a synthesis of its Brand Protection and Document Security patented solutions based on digital imaging technology and online authentication processing.

    On page 30 you will find details of the full range of authentication solutions with covert marking as well as those without marking based on intrinsic product characteristics. AlpVision's practical approach allows brand owners and document issuers to rapidly implement a forensic-like protection. It is already used on hundreds of millions of products and documents made by some of the 500 top-rated companies worldwide.

    Ask for discretionary copies of the magazine by ordering them off the home page. To order simply use the contact form (simply mention in the comment box, "Send Jan/Feb 2007 Product&Image Security", the number of copies you desire, as well as provide your full postal address).


    Jan. 31, 2007

    The 7th Security Printing & Alternative Solutions in Central/Eastern Europe & Russia/CIS Conference

    Pyrabelisk organized its yearly event about security printing and alternative solutions. This event is one of the select few recognized forums where decision makers in the printing security business meet together in order to share their experience as well as to examine new, innovative solutions that will become the standards of tomorrow. AlpVision's VP Sales and Business Development, Philippe Jordan, was a guest speaker at the conference. Jordan discussed relevant business cases where AlpVision security solutions could be appropriately used in securing valuable documents. Among others, banknotes, official documents and other valuable banking papers were cited as examples of where existing AlpVision security solutions are already used.

    Live demonstrations of secret technologies using the Cryptoglyph technological principles in documents, color printed and copied, generated high levels of interest.

     

    Year 2006

    Dec 21, 2006

    AlpVision has obtained the Swiss Made Certificate

    AlpVision is now entitled to use the Swiss Made Quality logo. Due to AlpVision's outstanding contribution to the development of new Digital Imaging technology to protect branded products and value documents against counterfeiting the company has earned this respected privilege. AlpVision is entitled to use the Swiss Made Quality logo for all its products and services which are delivered with the high Swiss Quality standard. AlpVision is proud to be allowed to append the Swiss Made Quality logo and is committed to keep this high standard for any future deliveries and development.


    Dec. 5, 2006

    AlpVision is protecting lotteries.

    AlpVision was guest speaker at the Security and Risk Management Workshop organized by the World Lottery Association, Bintan (Indonesia) Nov. 17-20, 2006.
    Lottery operators must mitigate their risks in order to ensure proper protection of their lottery tickets. Basically, fake lottery tickets could drive a lottery operator into bankruptcy within a very short period of time, as retailers must immediately pay the prizes won right at the claims desks.

    AlpVision Vice-President Philippe Jordan was invited to share his thoughts with 50 security representatives from lottery associations and lottery operators from all over the world last November in Indonesia. "Within those companies there is a shared concern about the discovery of a very well counterfeited lottery ticket, similar to a "super note" feared in the fiduciary sector. We see that lottery operators intend to benchmark and implement a fiduciary type of security strategy by adding multiple layers of security features where each one meets particular security objectives". Because of its proven technical expertise and its unique security knowledge protecting various industries and its service to global customers, AlpVision is again invited to participate in another lottery security event occurring in Mexico next May.


    Nov. 15, 2006

    AlpVision increases its presence in the US.

    AlpVision participated in Banknote 2006 in Washington DC, Nov. 5-8. Philippe Jordan, Vice President for Sales and Business Development pointed out that "one out of every 12,000 US dollar banknotes is counterfeit; central banks are forced to stay ahead of counterfeiters, and they will invest immense resources in order to successfully secure their valuable documents".

    Over 400 worldwide delegates from all over the world met for 4 days to examine and review ongoing trends in banknote protection, design, production, issue and use.

    AlpVision exhibited its Cryptoglyph invisible marking solution at the RFID Healthcare Industry Adoption Summit - Washington DC, Nov. 12-15. Recent pedigree adoption in the US is putting even more pressure on pharmaceutical companies to find an affordable way to secure drugs against counterfeiting. "Some actors involved in the pharmaceutical supply chain are considering to start RFID pilots from 2008", says Philippe Jordan, Vice-President of AlpVision. "However, every one is reluctant to support the high costs associated with RFID, which is primarily a supply chain optimization process, requiring huge investment in equipment, time and money.

    As a consequence, many pharmaceutical companies have started Cryptoglyph implementations as an immediate action in order to comply with new laws and still maintain a quick and robust security feature that enables easy authentication as well as tracking".


    Sept. 25, 2006

    AlpVision FingerprintT: a breakthrough in authenticating original products without any markings

    AlpVision, a leading company in developing digital solutions for tracing gray markets and in fighting counterfeiting, announces FingerprintT;, an innovative authentication process requiring no additional markings. Based on a digital image of the original product stored in a secure server, AlpVision's FingerprintT solution authenticates original products and immediately identifies counterfeits.


    Aug. 21, 2006

    A new solution for protecting casino chips and gaming tokens against counterfeiting

    AlpVision, a Swiss-based leading company developing security solutions, announced a totally new approach to protect casino chips and tokens against counterfeiting. Millions of chips and tokens are used in the gaming industry, which is often governed directly by governments or by authorized private companies.


    June 12, 2006

    Camera Phone can identify counterfeit products worldwide: another first from AlpVision SA

    AlpVision, a leading solution provider for brand protection and security printing disclosed this new product and demonstrated it live at Creative Packaging in Paris. With AlpVision a simple click on a camera phone can distinguish genuine brand products from fakes.

    Download press releases in PDF format: In English - Auf Deutsch - En français.


    May 2, 2006

    Document Leaks - Tracking the Source

    Governments, courts, companies and institutions, all have the problem of document leaks. With AlpVision's new solution it is now possible to track the source of the document leak without any human intervention.

    Whenever someone prints a document, a trace will be added to the document clearly identifying when, where, and by whom the document was printed. Identifying a suspect document requires only a standard scanner and AlpVision's leak detection software.


    April 24, 2006

    New Pharmaceutical Customer

    With an accelerating rhythm the pharmaceutical industry is testing and adopting the Cryptoglyph solution to protect packaging and blisters against counterfeiting and control parallel importation. AlpVision's new customer (who wants to remain anonymous for obvious reasons), is one of the very big international players and intends using the Cryptoglyph on critical markets such as south America and eastern Europe.


    March 14, 2006

    Protection of Metal Products without Impact

    Authentication of products with metallic surfaces is now possible with a novel technology requiring no printing or engraving of the surface. AlpVision's new solution is especially suitable for companies needing protection of metallic products and not wanting to install expensive printing or engraving stations in their production chain.

    Examples of products to protect include watches, medical devices, and automotive parts.


    Feb. 7, 2006

    New customer in the FMCG field

    The cost advantage of the Cryptoglyph, over competing products to protect branded products, enables even companies from the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) fields to protect their low cost products against counterfeiting and gain control over black markets and parallel importation. AlpVision is very glad to help more and more FMCG companies in fighting counterfeiting.


    Jan. 30, 2006

    Protection of Glass Through Invisible Engraving

    A breakthrough in making products. For the first time it is now possible to apply an invisible Cryptoglyph onto glass based products. Marking glass usually performed in such as way that then engraving process, for example with a laser, is visible to the human eye. However, in collaboration with the Swiss based company Frewitt it is now possible to apply invisible laser engraving onto glass based products. The breakthrough will allow for the invisible protection of products such as syringes, ampoules, and cosmetic bottles.

     

    Year 2005

    Dec. 12, 2005

    AlpVision and VeriDoc Join Forces

    AlpVision teams up with VeriDoc SDN BHD, located in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. VeriDoc is a new official sales representative covering Asia on a non-exclusive basis. With a focus on the deployment of the Cryptoglyph technology applied to all kinds of documents in the banking environment, VeriDoc has the mission to provide asian customers with easier access to AlpVision's security printing solutions.


    Oct. 10, 2005

    Blister Protection Now Possible

    AlpVision SA and Constantia Flexible Packaging today announced they have successfully integrated the Cryptoglyph anti counterfeiting technology to the blister foils packaging production line. This opens a new era to protect almost individual pills if maintained in their individual blister pocket.
    Download press release in PDF format: In English - Auf Deutsch.


    June 2, 2005

    AlpVision SA and Serolab SA join forces to fight pharmaceutical counterfeiting

    AlpVision SA and Serolab SA today announced they are jointly launching a new program in order to fight against counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products. After one year of successful technical collaboration, the first products from Serolab 's Serocytol® range use AlpVision's unique Cryptoglyph technology, enabling the protection of secondary packaging against counterfeiting. " Protecting our patients 's health is a major target for Serolab and with the increasing thread of pharmaceutical counterfeiting in certain countries, the protection of our products became a priority concern.

    The solutions proposed by AlpVision are very efficient and incredibly easy to integrate in our production flow" said Dr. Michel Mpandi, Chief Scientist Officer at Serolab. Download the press release in PDF format.


    March 29, 2005

    AlpVision SA and SGS Partner to Setup Document Security Program for The Ethiopian Government

    AlpVision SA and SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA (SGS) today announced they are jointly launching a new program in order to fight against fraud, forgery and counterfeiting of governmental and commercially sensitive documents. After two years of successful collaboration, both companies have implemented a security program in Ethiopia, enabling the protection of sensitive documents against tampering and counterfeiting.
    Download press release in PDF format.


    Feb. 17, 2005

    Collaboration between Rondo AG and AlpVision SA.

    Rondo AG and AlpVision SA have entered a collaboration in the field of pharmaceutical packaging protection. Rondo AG will deploy and market AlpVision's Cryptoglyph™; technology, an invisible mark to protect packaging against counterfeiting and provide track and trace functionality. The Cryptoglyph™; can be seamlessly integrated into Rondo's current packaging production process without any adaptations and without the need for special machines and ink.

    The Cryptoglyph™ is an invisible mark distributed all over the packaging. To read, that is verify, the Cryptoglyph™ standard scanners can be used in combination with a special software application from AlpVision SA. Due to the non-localized nature of the Cryptoglyph®, it is impossible to remove the security element without visually degrading or destroying the packaging. The collaboration between Rondo AG and AlpVision SA targets at providing pharmaceutical customers with the most effective and cost efficient security element nowadays available for counterfeit protection and track and trace.


    Jan. 13, 2005

    AlpVision Signs Exclusive Patent License Agreement with EPFL

    In our continuing effort to strengthen AlpVision's patent portfolio and expand into new markets, AlpVision has signed two exclusive patent license agreements with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. The patents were initially filed by the Signal Processing Institute, headed by Prof. Kunt. The first patent plays a key role in video watermarking and describes methods and technologies to protect video through motion vector modulation. The second patent describes a method to protect documents against copying. Both patents will directly contribute to AlpVision product developments and allow AlpVision to open discussions with potential licensees.


    Jan. 3, 2005

    AlpVision SA Integrates Gerency

    Following three years of fruitful collaboration with our agent Gerency, AlpVision SA and Gerency agreed on the integration of Gerency's security printing activity into AlpVision. "This strategic move will accelerate our sales cycles and increase the confidence of AlpVision's customers," said Dr. Martin Kutter, president of AlpVision SA. The takeover involved also the hiring of some of the Gerency staff, and relocation from France to Switzerland.

     

    Year 2004

    Oct. 26, 2004

    AlpVision SA and Janoschka Collaboration Enables Rotogravure Printing of Cryptoglyph

    At this year's ERA Packaging Conference, AlpVision has demonstrated the compatibility of the Cryptoglyph with the rotogravure printing process. This achievement is due to a very fruitful collaboration with Janoschka, a full-service provider of Pre-Press and Print Colour Management Solutions. According to Fred Zoupanos, Manager Sales and Marketing, AlpVision SA, this opens all new markets for the Cryptoglyph, especially in fields of very high printing volumes.


    Oct. 6, 2004

    AlpVision SA and Digimarc Collaborate to Demonstrate Latest Innovations in Identity Document Security

    AlpVision SA, experts in the field of digital security printing and data security, and Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC), the leading supplier of secure media solutions used in a wide range of security, identification and digital media content applications, today announced they are jointly showcasing new innovations in identity document security at Intergraf Security Printers Conference, Oct. 6-8 in Granada, Spain. The full press release in PDF can be found here.


    Sept. 5 , 2004

    AlpVision Releases Portable Document Protection System

    Securing documents outside the office or production facility is now possible with AlpVision's fully integrated document protection solutions. The system contains all equipment required to create, edit, print and verify protected documents. Consisting of a notebook, a printer and a scanner, the portable system does not require external power and allows issuing of protected document wherever you are.


    Aug. 1, 2004

    AlpVision Releases Document Track and Trace

    With our continuing effort to secure documents where it was not possible before, AlpVision has developed a new software suite called Document Track and trace. The new document protection system adds invisible information to any document that is being printed within a company, organization or governmental administration. Without any user interaction, Document Track and Trace adds information such as date, time, location, and user, onto the printed documents. Document Track and Trace easily integrates with common word processing and publishing software, such as Microsoft Word.


    July 1, 2004

    New Division Created "AlpVision Consulting Services"

    Following the increasing request by customers to have easier access to AlpVision's technological know-how and expertise in Digital Security Printing, AlpVision decided to officially create a new division: AlpVision Consulting Services. The new division focuses on providing costumers with consulting services related to security printing and digital signal processing. In addition, AlpVision Consulting Services will execute research and development assignment. For more information on AlpVision Consulting Services, please have a look at our dedicated web page.


    March 18, 2004

    AlpVision received European Seal of Excellence

    AlpVision received the European Seal of Excellence. Winners for 2004 were announced at CEBIT-Hanover on 18 March 2004. The European Seal of Excellence in Multimedia distinguishes European companies with applications, services or technologies that are genuinely outstanding and world class. It may also be awarded to non-European Companies that have an outstanding track record of collaboration with Europe. AlpVision is proud to have been awarded this seal of excellence


    Feb. 17, 2004

    AlpVision obtained CTISU Quality Label

    AlpVision has obtained the CTISU quality label. This Quality Label is awarded by the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology to Swiss companies that have proven readiness for sustainable business development. AlpVision is very proud of this achievement since it confirms our continuing efforts in building a valuable contribution to the Swiss economy through quality and commitment.

     

    Year 2003

    Nov. 18, 2003

    AlpVision is one of three nominees for the Prix Strategis of the University of Lausanne (HEC)

    For the 11th issue of this prestigious entrepreneurship award of the High Economics School of the University of Lausanne, the theme was centered around young innovative Start-Ups. AlpVision was proud to be selected amongst the three nominees. Jury was headed by Daniel Borel, CEO and President of Logitech.


    Jan. 1, 2003

    AlpVision attends the SPIE Security and Watermarking Conference in Santa Clara, CA

    AlpVision attends the SPIE Security and Watermarking Conference in Santa Clara, CA, and participates as member of the technical committee. In addition, AlpVision representatives were part of the panel discussion taking place at the first annual digital watermarking industry gathering (January 22).

     

    Year 2002

    Oct., 2002

    Dotrix and AlpVision win the PISEC'02 Award

    Dotrix and AlpVision win the PISEC'02 Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Counterfeit Deterrence" for the integration of Cryptoglyph™ technology into the digital press.

    Sept., 2002

    AlpVision and Dotrix join forces

    AlpVision and Dotrix join forces to provide a unique, integrated solution for invisible personalization and anti-counterfeiting of packaging and labels, This will be shown at PISEC 2002. Press release: PDF.


    Aug., 2002

    AlpVision and Adobe agree to collaborate

    AlpVision and Adobe agree to collaborate with the goal to enhance some of Adobe's products with AlpVision's security solutions. The collaboration will focus on integrating AlpVision's Cryptoglyph technology into Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat.


    July, 2002

    AlpVision changes its legal status from AlpVision Limited to AlpVision Incorporated.


    March, 2002

    AlpVision successfully closed its first round of investment.


    Jan., 2002

    AlpVision signs another commercial contract

    AlpVision signs another commercial contract for the protection of value documents and a production volume of 1 million units per year.

     

    Year 2001

    Dec., 2001

    AlpVision signed a commercial contract with Trueb SA

    AlpVision is happy to sign a commercial contract with Trueb SA to personalize and protect value documents. 10 millions units will be protected by AlpVision's solution by end of 2002.


    Nov., 2001

    AlpVision signs a strategic partnership with Banque de France

    AlpVision signs a strategic partnership with Banque de France for the application of its technology to value documents.


    Oct., 2001

    AlpVision at Luxe Pack 2001 event, Monaco

    A consortium of printing companies including SSP, Model Group, Gerency, and Morellon SA present the first packages protected using AlpVision solution. This patented technology enables to invisibly mark luxury packages using standard printing hardware and protect them against counterfeiting.


    Aug., 2001

    AlpVision releases its first video watermarking solution


    May, 2001

    AlpVision has moved in Vevey, the "City of Images"

    AlpVision has moved. Vevey, the "Citify of Images", is our new home. Our new location is at the SwissMedia Center, in the heart of Vevey.


    April, 2001

    AlpVision releases SignIt

    AlpVision releases SignIt!, a revolutionary product for copyright protection and enforcement using digital watermarking and copyright registration with our partner InterDeposit. The combination of an independent copyright registration service and digital watermarking makes this product especially suitable where legally efficient copyright enforcement is required.

     

    Year 2000

    Nov. 30, 2000

    Best 1999 Swiss PhD thesis for Dr. Kutter, co-founder of AlpVision

    AlpVision is pleased to announce that Dr. Martin Kutter, co-founder and CTO of AlpVision, has received the award for the best PhD thesis of the year 1999 for his work entitled "Digital Watermarking: hiding information in images". The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, issues this award once a year to people who have performed outstanding research in science and engineering. Members of Dr. Kutter's jury were Prof. Murat Kunt, Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi (both from EPFL), Prof. Thierry Pun (CUI, University of Geneva, Switzerland), Prof. Benoit Macq (UCL, Belgium), and Dr. Alexander Herrigel (Digital Copyright Technologies, Switzerland).


    Nov. 28, 2000

    AlpVision releases SafePaper

    AlpVision releases a new product called SafePaper. With the help of this new and innovative product people can protect their documents, such as letterheads, and verify at any time if the document is original. If a document has been copied the SafePaper detection software allows easy identification of the copy. The verification process is very simple and requires only an off-the-shelf scanner and a standard personal computer running Microsoft Windows. In addition, AlpVision offers a unique and free SafePaper watermarking service to protect your letterhead.


    Aug. 22, 2000

    Dr. Martin Kutter speaks in Taipei at CVGIP conference

    Dr. Martin Kutter, one of the founders of AlpVision, gives the keynote speech at the annual meeting of Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (CVGIP) in Taipei, Taiwan. The two-hours speech provided a general introduction into the broad field of digital watermarking and highlighted the importance of collaborations between research and industry.


    Aug. 15, 2000

    AlpVision releases CD-Check

    AlpVision releases CD-Check, a new product to prevent copying of CD-ROMs containing high security data.


    July 20, 2000

    AlpVision releases PhotoCheck

    PhotoCheck, a new product to check the validity of identification documents, has been released. PhotoCheck provides a method to identify tampered and counterfeit images and is used to add an additional layer of security to any kind of identifications documents, such as passports.


    July 1, 2000

    AlpVision releases LabelIt

    AlpVision releases LabelIt, a new product to insert invisible annotations in digital images for source identification and labeling.

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