New smartphone app to detect fake products

London, July 07 : A smartphone app that can detect counterfeit goods – from medicines to car parts – with 100 per cent accuracy may be available to the consumers by next year, researchers say.

Every year, imports of counterfeited and pirated goods around the world cost nearly USD 0.5 trillion in lost revenue, researchers said.

Counterfeit medicines alone cost the industry over USD 200 billion every year. They are also dangerous to our health – around a third contain no active ingredients, resulting in a million deaths a year, they said.

 Now, researchers at Lancaster University in the UK believe we are nearing a future without fakes, thanks to new quantum technology they have developed.

The researchers have created unique atomic-scale ID’s based on the irregularities found in two-dimensional (2D) materials like graphene.

On an atomic scale, quantum physics amplifies these irregularities, making it possible to ‘fingerprint’ them in simple electronic devices and optical tags.

The new technology works via a smartphone app which can read whether a product is real or fake, and enable people to check the authenticity of a product through their smartphones.

The customer will be able to scan the optical tag on a product with a smartphone, which will match the 2D tag with the manufacturer’s database.

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