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Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies for Packaging and Labelling

AlpVision is a leading supplier of digital anti-counterfeiting solutions that are ideal to protect large volumes of primary and secondary packaging and labels.

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Benefits of Solutions and Services

Effective Against Counterfeiting: Cryptoglyph & Fingerprint

  • Covert brand protection solutions are very effective against counterfeiting
  • Because they are invisible, they are highly secure against copying
  • Likewise, because they do not require any additional consumables, they can be simple and low cost to implement
  • Finally, because they do not impact product design, they do not require any regulatory approval and can be applied in-house

Seamless Integration

  • AlpVision’s product authentication and counterfeit protection solutions are developed with brand owners’ existing operations and facilities in mind, and customized to meet their unique anti-counterfeiting needs
  • As AlpVision’s 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 manufacturers’ existing production lines and thus have the best security to price ratio on the market.

Think Marketing!

  • In addition to providing instant positive authentication, AlpVision’s mobile authentication solution allows brand owners to connect with and market directly to experts in the field, supply chain agents and consumers through market studies, product releases and news, promotional discounts and upcoming events


AlpVision solutions can use smartphones to verify product authenticity.
Products from Alpvision include tamper-evident labels and anti-counterfeiting technology.
An example of an offset printed Cryptoglyph with printed dots below 10µm.
‘Genuine-or-fake’ detection using a standard, off-the-shelf office scanner.
Three-second 'genuine-or-fake' verification with an iPhone.
A screenshot of the Krypsos anti-counterfeiting management software customised for brand manufacturers and delivered by AlpVision under the form of licence.

AlpVision is a leading supplier of digital anti-counterfeiting solutions that are ideal to protect large volumes of primary and secondary packaging and labels. Regular smartphones are used to authenticate products instantly and without network connection.

AlpVision’s solutions are used to protect each year more than ten billion branded products for fast-moving consumer goods (FMGC) manufacturers, in particular for the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries.

Invisible marking technology using standard varnish: Cryptoglyph

Cryptoglyph in an invisible security feature using only standard varnish and standard industrial printing processes (rotogravure, flexography, offset). Applied during the normal printing process, this technology can be used on packaging, label, blister, flexible, seal liner and metal.

Patterns of micro-dots, invisible to the naked eye can also be generated on the whole surface of the packaging or labelling using standard visible ink.

Invisible on-product technology: Fingerprint

Fingerprint invisible technology uses the microstructure of the product itself as security feature. No extra implementation or production costs are added. This technology can be used on plastic or metal products, for example flip off caps.

Visible security technology for packaging and tamper-evident labels

Smart Embossing is a visible security feature with a metallic look. It can be directly integrated in the packaging or added in form of a normal or tamper-evident label.

Cost-effective covert security for packaged goods

The covert security feature is produced without any change in the production process or any alteration of the production speed, resulting in no extra production costs.

Anti-counterfeiting software

Under the Krypsos™ brand, AlpVision provides licences for a comprehensive range of software solutions that help combat counterfeiting on a worldwide scale, uncovering any signs of market diversion and allowing the product manufacturer full access to monitor activities. In addition, anti-counterfeiting solutions from AlpVision meet US health authority regulations for pharmaceutical products.

Covert marking detection using software and standard imaging devices

Detection of covert marking can be carried out by a standard office scanner or a smartphone. A ‘genuine or fake’ reading can be achieved from capturing a small sample of the label.

This is a simple security procedure that can be performed anywhere by an authorised party without requiring any specific training.

About AlpVision’s anti-counterfeiting business

AlpVision is the world’s leader in digital invisible technologies for product authentication and counterfeit protection. In 2001, AlpVision invented a breakthrough authentication technology, widely used today by Forbes 2000 companies. AlpVision reached profitability in 2003 and has grown steadily ever since.

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AlpVision President Presents Conference at Pharmapack 2011

AlpVision's president, Dr Martin Kutter, presented a conference on 24 Febuary entitled 'Managing a worldwide anti-counterfeiting program using an Internet Web application' in front of about 200 delegates at Pharmapack 2011. The now well-mature covert digital security features patented b

30 March 2011

AlpVision Receives Important Patent in India and Indonesia

An important patent, part of AlpVision's portfolio of 35 patents, has been granted in India (No. 243454, application 502/DELNP/2003) as well as in Indonesia (ID P0025514B, WO00200702597), covering the AlpVision proprietary Cryptoglyph® invisible marking applied to various packaging (carton

31 January 2011

AlpVision to Attend Pharmapack 2011

AlpVision is pleased to announce that it will be attending Pharmapack 2011, taking place on 23-24 February in Paris, France. The company will present a complete range of covert product authentication solutions applicable to various packaging components as well as dose items at their booth #234. <

24 January 2011

Debiopharm Group to Implement AlpVision Anticounterfeiting Solutions

Debiopharm Group, a leader in the field of drug development and 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

17 January 2011

Major US Training Platform Utilises AlpVision Cryptoglyph

AlpVision is very proud to announce that its Cryptoglyph anti-counterfeiting and document protection solution has been included in a major training platform, which offers a certified computer hacking and forensic investigator training course. This five-day training course includes the C

22 November 2010

AlpVision Presents 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 authe

18 November 2010

PackExpo 2010 Sees Launch of AlpVision’s North American Sales Activities

The PackExpo 2010 edition in Chicago, US, on 31 October - 3 November 2010 was the opportunity for AlpVision to launch its North American sales activities based at its newly opened regional office, located in the Sears Tower (Willis Tower), 84th floor. The stand was manned by the newly

14 November 2010

AlpVision Opens New Office in Chicago

AlpVision, the world leader in invisible technologies for product authentication and counterfeit protection, has selected Chicago, Illinois, as the location for its North American regional office. The office opened on 13 September 2010, with the mission to better support the US and Canadian branc

15 September 2010

AlpVision to Exhibit at Pack Expo 2010

AlpVision will be exhibiting at Pack Expo 2010, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, 31 October - 3 November 2010. AlpVision will be at booth #4471 in the North Hall, McCormick Place. Visit our stand to find out more about our invisible anti-counterfeiting systems.

15 September 2010

Digimarc and AlpVision Join Forces with Worldwide Strategic Licence Agreement

Digimarc Corporation, 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 licence agreement. The agreement enables

29 April 2010

Important US Patent Granted to AlpVision

An important patent, part of AlpVision's portfolio of 35 patents, has been granted in the US, 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.

24 March 2010

AlpVision to Demonstrate Fingerprint at Pharmapack Exhibition

AlpVision will showcase Fingerprint™, a world-leading technology for authentication of genuine medicine tablets without any markings, at the Pharmapack exhibition in Paris, to be held on the 1-2 February 2010. Roland Meylan, AlpVision's co-founder, will feature in a session on

19 January 2010

AlpVision Achieves Profitability Five Years in Succession

Despite a weak global economy affecting businesses, who were faced with the need to shrink expenses and investments, AlpVision was able to maintain its profitability in 2009 for the fifth consecutive year. This was achieved even while increasing the company's headcount and office space by 25%

19 January 2010

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CH-1800 Vevey

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Willis (Sears) Tower
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Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America


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