Illicit trade in products that generate excise revenue is staggering. In tobacco products alone, it is estimated that $40-50 billion a year is untaxed due to the counterfeiting of poorly secured tax stamps. With access to label making and print technology that enables fraudulent copies of legitimate tax stamps, there is a need for multi-level security features, much like those used for banknotes. Spectra has leveraged its expertise and technologies developed for the banknote industry in a way that provides highly secure overt and covert features for tax stamps.
We supply security printers and hologram makers with high-performance luminescent pigments and dyes for unique, overt visible effects, as well as covert authentication systems comprising invisible markers and verification technology that run on handheld readers or smartphone platforms.
Spectra Systems’ authentication materials are easily integrated into tax stamp substrates, inks, and holograms.
The SpectraGuard system for tax stamps provides an invisible, covert code for printed and holographic tax stamps, which are authenticated with a handheld device configured to the specific code.
The TruStamp system for tax stamps provides an invisible, covert code for printed and holographic tax stamps, which are authenticated with a smartphone.