Microsoft Receives Patent-Techniques to Create Counterfeit and Tamper Resistant Labels Using Fiber Optic Strands-Bar Codes Getti
Posted Feb 09 2011 8:23pm
This certainly got my attention with as much writing as I have done relative to Microsoft Tags, the 2D bar coding and the fact that they should in fact be using this software to help consumers, doctors and everyone along the line to find recalled items as well as offer educational information as well. You can find more information under my Bar Code Campaign link above.
Also, last week there was news about one pharma company trying a pilot program with 2D bar codes, although they don’t quite have it all together yet, but again the marketing from what I read on this article trumps any use of safety, which is typical today as the end users, patients and doctors are the last to know. I would certainly be looking at this if I were the FDA or the DEA as well as any drug or device company (hint).
I actually did take a few moments to read through the patent, and it’s a long one and scanning and bar codes are right in there along with RFID tags. If I am reading this correctly, this would be a process that eventually a company or an individuals could use to create tamper proof labels and then synchronized with an SQL data base too. This would create even stronger security with physical non tampering with using and encrypted gateway for relaying information from the Bar Codes or Tags and perhaps a new fibre content for RFID tags too. As you can see from the sample tweet below, consumers want this.
In addition we have bar codes that do only “one thing” so we come back around to that wonderful word, collaboration. Hospital tech folks like the Tags as they can work with RFID systems too. In addition, Microsoft Tags can be stored in a personal health record too and have the potential to authenticate for e-prescribing and thus I think again we are missing a huge part of the picture here.
So far all we get from the FDA is a website with a big list you have to manually read and in this day and age, we need to do better than this and be able to scan any drug, over the counter product and medical device.
You can buy a WiFi Scale from Withings that connects with Microsoft Tags (bar codes) today. This new patent appears as though now we have the fibre content to even make the bar codes and the entire label for that matter tamper proof. You can read through the entire patent as it’s a long read, but it looks to me like we are right in line here with what needs to be done for safety and recall information. One technology can solve many problems. BD
Microsoft has been awarded a US patent (No. 7,878,398) on techniques to create counterfeit- and tamper-resistant labels using randomly-occurring features. These may be inherent to the label itself or added to it, for example by applying fibre optic strands. "This pattern is unique to each label and may not be exactly duplicated at a reasonable cost," says the patent.