The system, labelled LSA(Laser Surface Authentication), scans miniscule surface variations of materials such as paper, metal, plastic and ceramics. The LSA system will then record the natural pattern of imperfections in the scan, imperfections so minute that they would be almost impossible to replicate.
It could be good news for security and very bad news for ID fraud, seeing as ID fraud is one of the UK's fastest growing crimes. The system could be used on a variety of items, including passports, credit cards, banknotes, packaging, CDs and DVDs.
Professor Russell Cowburn from Imperial College, London told the BBC that the system signalled a shift in the approach to authentification and ID techniques, providing a simpler way to authenticate and track documents than the current method, for example, holographs. µ
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