Authentication Case Studies
Below are examples of how holograms are working in different industries to provide protection against counterfeiting, protect consumers from the harmful effects of fakes, enable effective identification of people and goods and ensure that the integrity and value of critical documents and intellectual property are maintained.
Holograms were first used on currency in the late 1980s. Today they are used in or on banknotes issued by more than half of the world's central banks and issuing authorities. This article (published by Currency News in 2003 - soon to be updated) looks at the development of holograms in this highly important and economically-critical sector.
The first use of secure holograms was on Mastercard and then Visa in the early 1980s. More than 25 years on, they are still going strong. Click here to read the IHMA White Paper 'Would You Credit It? 25 Years of Hologram Success for Bank Cards'.
Also known as duty/fiscal stamps or banderoles, these represent the second largest market by volume for holograms (after banknotes). Tax stamps are issued by governments to ensure duty is paid on, principally on alcohol and tobacco, and to distinguish genuine products from fakes. Click here to read the IHMA White Paper "Holograms Ensure that Security is Not a Taxing Issue for Stamps"
Holograms have become a regular feature of the world's premier sporting events to protect event merchandise, event tickets and also accreditation programs. Click here to read the IHMA White Paper 'Holograms Score in Protecting Sports Merchandising'.
Epson is one of the leading manufactures of printers and consumables. This article (published by Authentication News in June 2002), shows how the company's anti-counterfeiting strategy (which included the use of holograms) paid off in terms of increased seizures and sales