Authentix® Selected by Zambia as Technology & Services Partner to Combat Illicit Fuels

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ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 — Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, announces The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of Zambia has selected, after a public procurement tender process, Authentix as its technology and services partner to combat the illicit trade of refined fuels. The program is scheduled to commence February 15, 2018.

The Authentix covert fuel marking program will support the Zambian government’s fuel integrity program and the government’s commitment to ensure a clean and high quality fuel supply to support local commerce. Illicit fuels smuggled into the country or fuel adulterated with inferior products, do not meet the ERB’s high quality standards for fuels and may also include harmful substances that can pose a threat to public health and the environment.

In addition to the positive environmental and societal impact, the Authentix fuel marking program will return positive economic results. “In our experience operating nine fuel marking programs across Africa, the return-on-investment measured by recovered excise taxes far outweighs the operational costs of the program,” stated Kevin McKenna, Chief Sales and Services Officer, Authentix, Inc. “In twenty years of designing and operating covert fuel marking programs, we estimate to have recovered over USD 1 billion to governments.”

Authentix assisted the ERB in assessing the current supply chain, designing a program to meet their goals –including enforcement, and selecting from Authentix portfolio of covert chemical markers and analyzers, to deliver the most effective program tailored to Zambia’s unique needs.

To learn more about Authentix’s fuel supply integrity offering, visit https://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/.

About Authentix:
Authentix assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains. With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

Authentix and HP Indigo to help Brand Owners Combat Global Counterfeiting

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New alliance delivers greater flexibility and accessibility to brand owners in applying covert security marking solutions  

ADDISON, Texas, September 25, 2017 – Authentix®, a leading global authentication and information services company, is pleased to announce it is collaborating with HP Indigo to enhance brand protection programs. This marks the first time Authentix Sherlox™ covert markers have been specifically optimized for the growing market of digital presses and certified to operate on HP Indigo digital presses.

To successfully combat counterfeiting, diversion and other forms of illicit trade, brand owners need a security marking solution that is agile and keeps them one step ahead of the bad actors. Additionally, local labeling and packaging regulations are increasing in complexity, requiring greater flexibility and responsiveness from Printing Service Providers (PSPs).

With Authentix Sherlox’s new HP Indigo certified covert mark, HP Indigo PSPs will now be able to provide:

  • High-quality, affordable covert security features on a variety of packaging
  • Greater flexibility to meet various print requirements, with shorter lead times

“Thanks to HP Indigo and their qualified network of thousands of print service providers, Authentix Sherlox will now reach more brand owners and provide access to a level of security previously unattainable on a digital press,” says David Schneider, General Manager, Authentix Brand Business Unit. “Together with HP Indigo and the PSPs, we have now connected the necessary partners to deliver and execute an effective security program for brand owners.”

Sherlox aggregates, organizes and reports sampling and testing results to identify problem areas within supply chains for companies across multiple health care and life sciences industries, nutraceuticals, safety products, distilled spirits, agricultural chemicals, automotive, electronics, clothing, luxury goods, and other manufacturers of high-value consumer products.

“CCL is continuously adapting to add value to our brand customers,” said Brent Chorneyko, CCL VP & GM. “We have a longstanding partnership with Authentix for labeling healthcare products and a large installed base of HP Indigo devices globally. We were very pleased to conduct the world’s first label test run with Authentix materials on our HP Indigo devices. It was the model of collaboration and a complete success.”

CCL Label is the leader in digital printing for the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Agriculture, Personal Care and Consumer goods markets, with more than 65 digital presses. Thirteen of the digital presses are uniquely positioned for the pharmaceutical market, utilizing cGMPs processes. Conveniently located all over the globe with over 160 locations on six continents, CCL works with companies of all sizes to develop digital printing and brand protection strategies.

Authentix Sherlox will be demonstrated in the HP Indigo and CCL booths at Pack Expo conference September 25-27 in Las Vegas as well as in the HP Indigo’s booth at LabeL Expo September 25-28 in Brussles.

About Authentix:

Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains.  With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions, we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, LPG), and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, spirits industries, and consumer goods) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks globally.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com/offerings/sherlox/.

About CCL Industries Corporation

CCL Label creates innovative packaging solutions for life.  Serving the packaging and promotional industry for over sixty years, CCL Label proves to be the global supply chain leader of innovative premium packaging, promotional vehicles and comprehensive label solutions for the world’s largest consumer, agricultural and healthcare corporations. More information about CCL Label is available at http://ccllabel.com/.

Frost & Sullivan Awards Authentix with the Authentication Solutions Technology Leadership Award

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By: Mohamed Lazzouni, COO, Authentix

Remember as kids the excitement you felt upon receiving a blue ribbon or trophy from sports or an art or science project? Your parents would post it on the refrigerator and tell everyone how proud they are of you. That’s how I felt upon learning that the prestigious Frost & Sullivan research firm presented Authentix with the North American Authentication Solutions Technology Leadership Award. In that excitement, I immediately recognized that the award itself takes on a different meaning.

For more than 20 years, Authentix has proudly supported a global customer base in combating illicit trade and counterfeit practices. Frost & Sullivan is diligent in their research to identify those companies exemplifying best practices in the development and delivery of technology. The technology leadership award recognizes the transition Authentix is leading toward incorporating more IoT and Big Data analytics within authentication technologies.

According to Frost & Sullivan, “The company’s solutions capitalize on the evolution of Mega Trends such as Internet of Things, Big Data analytics and supply chain integration to thwart counterfeiting measures. This integration enables the company to build and implement robust, end-to-end authentication solutions to help each customer recover lost revenues and protect brand equity.”

Full transparency, it is rewarding to know that the hard work of all Authentixians is front and center for others to witness. Just as relevant is the spotlight being shined on a greater cause – the charge against illicit trade.

The Core of Authentix Comes to Life

Like many organizations, we have our core values that drive how we engage internally and externally. I am most proud of this team because those values come to life with such recognition. This Frost & Sullivan technology award symbolizes validation of our strategy in the authentications market.

All employees seek to focus on the following core values:
Teaming and Collaboration
Advancing Science
Dedication to Client Success
Competing and Winning

This third party validation imparts depth to those value statements that demonstrate more than words on paper. We are laser focused on creating a path where our clients have visibility to their supply chain to efficiently address illicit activity. While the Authentication Solutions Technology Leadership Award speaks to how we are advancing science to create successful outcomes for our clients around the world, I know that this award also demonstrates a group of people who respect and trust each other enough to innovate for a greater good.

Recognition for a Greater Cause

To have Frost & Sullivan acknowledge that Authentix offers leading authentication technology touching across multiple industries is one thing. To also have confirmation that our strategy and execution in the marketplace is meaningful toward a social good is even better.
Oftentimes, this activity is funding organized crime or terrorist groups. In the oil and gas market, we are helping companies fight against fuel smuggling, adulteration or dilution, which can impact the environment and ultimately people’s health. So, this award also confirms that our focus on innovation is contributing to a larger platform that encompasses protection for the health and well-being of the environment and all who inhabit it.

Thank you to Employees and Customers

Yes, our employees carry the brunt of this accomplishment. But, we can’t ignore the greatest collaboration effort with existing customers. Illicit trade is a huge and sometimes dangerous global problem eating away at billions of dollars of lost revenue for many governments and companies. We are very grateful to have a customer voice moving our technology forward because they too recognize a bigger issue.

Every day we enter our doors with the intent to make a difference. We want to make a difference for our customers. We want to make a difference in the lives of our fellow employees. More importantly, we want our solutions to make a difference within the communities around the world.

The North American Authentication Solutions Technology Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan is one more proof point that our suite of authentication solutions protecting fuel quality for national governments or oil marketing companies, banknotes and commercial brand products is making a difference to stop illicit trade.

Frost & Sullivan Applauds Authentix’s Impressive Authentication Technology Portfolio that Combats Illicit Trade

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Authentix harnesses the latest technological trends to present market-focused, adaptable authentication solutions for a customer’s specific market

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — July 11, 2017 — Based on its recent analysis of the authentication solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Authentix, Inc. with the 2017 North American Technology Leadership Award. Authentix’s portfolio of advanced authentication solutions supports companies in combating illicit trade and counterfeiting practices. The company’s solutions capitalize on the evolution of Mega Trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data analytics, and supply chain integration technologies to thwart counterfeiting measures. Authentix employs a lock-and-key approach, wherein physical devices are paired with proprietary chemical markers, creating offerings that deliver robust, data-driven authentication solutions helping customers recover lost revenues and protect brand equity.

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“Authentix seeks to aid customers with their transition to more IoT-based operations by capturing data at each point in the authentication process to ensure that any enforcement actions are based on secure and accurate information. This starts when authentication markers are applied to products and continues when markers are tested for or scanned in the field or at a laboratory as the product moves through a supply chain. The results of these tests and scans aggregate into a single data platform for easy verification,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Danielle VanZandt. “With Authentix’s solutions, customers can monitor their supply chain interactions, identify potential areas of vulnerability, and receive actionable insights, facilitating proactive decision-making to mitigate illicit trade.”

Authentix remains the only end-to-end authentication solution provider for fuel supply protection, combining the devices and covert markers with the Authentix Information System (AXIS®) and comprehensive Authentix services and support. The company also has a robust portfolio of proprietary authentication solutions for major industry verticals:

Vigilant™: Authentix’s flagship, this authentication solution protects national fuel supplies globally. The solution helps governments and in-country fuel suppliers fight fuel dilution, smuggling, tax evasion, and illicit trade. Vigilant recaptures valuable fuel excise tax revenues for government customers, ensures top fuel quality for citizens and the environment, and creates a level playing field for all participants in a country’s fuel market.

Jewel™: This solution allows Authentix to partner with global central banks to protect and authenticate banknotes. The Jewel optical markers, read with its high-speed sensor technology, can be easily integrated with any banknote design and deployed on high-speed note sorters to validate the authenticity of individual banknotes. Additionally, Authentix provides implementation services in tandem with banks to ensure a seamless transition.

Sherlox™: Sherlox is Authentix’s brand protection solution. Validated with a proprietary handheld reader and cloud technology, Sherlox utilizes covert markers to enable in-field authentication instantaneously through smart mobile devices during brand audits.

Assure™: Assure is the company’s proprietary fuel brand marking solution. Assure helps major, global oil marketing companies provide consumers with the fuel product quality they pay for and to guarantee that specific fuel additive treat rates are accurate.

“With the success of its solutions, Authentix continues to grow within mature markets. Its deep and rich experience and industry knowledge allow it to showcase the value of its authentication solutions and the ways in which they can generate a rapid return on investment,” noted VanZandt. “Leveraging trusted customer relationships and continuously focusing on the customer’s needs will win Authentix significant customer and revenue growth over the long-term.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the technology leadership award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies that significantly impact both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications. The award lauds the large R&D spend toward innovation, its relevance to the industry, and the positive impact on combatting illicit trade.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Authentix

Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains. With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions, we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com.

About Frost & Sullivan
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Authentix Vigilant™ improves program speed and performance with addition of LSX 3000

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Authentix Vigilant™ improves program speed and performance with addition of LSX 3000

LSX 3000, the most-user friendly portable fuel analyzer

ADDISON, Texas, June 26, 2017 — Authentix® announced today their newest portable fuel analyzer, LSX 3000, to further enhance the Authentix Vigilant offering in combatting the illicit trading of fuel.

Authentix’s Vigilant is the leading choice for countries seeking a complete end-to-end offering for fuel supply chain protection that includes a suite of markers and analyzer technology, the powerful Authentix Information System (AXIS®) and comprehensive services.

Vigilant programs are now able to leverage LSX 3000 advancements in performance to prevent the flow of illicit fuel when and where it is first detected. LSX 3000 provides immediate quantitative testing results delivering information beyond pass/fail to support immediate action at a terminal or retail location.

“Authentix is committed to advancing science and technology for a better world and the advancements in our LSX product family of fuel analyzers delivers on that promise,” said Kevin McKenna, President, Authentix Oil and Gas. “LSX 3000 was developed in partnership with our existing Vigilant customers and incorporates their desire to perform more roadside tests and take immediate action in halting the illicit trade of fuel.”

Vigilant is now more effective in the field with improvements in usability that reduce sampling time and streamline data collection. Weighing only 3.4 kg, LSX 3000 can be hand carried and does not require specialized vehicle mounting equipment. LSX 3000 works with a supplied touch screen tablet running AXIS, which guides the operator through the testing workflow with simple prompts. LSX 3000 uploads the testing data automatically to AXIS for aggregation and analysis. Battery life for the LSX 3000 is extended to more than 24 hours of continuous run time, allowing operators to use it for multiple days in the field without recharging.

Vigilant strengthens its position as the most trusted and experienced offering in combatting the illicit fuel trade with this third generation of LSX fuel sample analyzers. LSX 3000 works in concert with Authentix covert markers, the Authentix Information System, and Authentix Services and Support, for the only complete offering in the fight against the llicit trade of fuel.

About Authentix:
Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains. With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/

In Africa, fuel quality is on the rise.

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The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) held its annual conference in Cape Town, South Africa last week. The meeting’s theme was “Achieving Clean Fuels in Africa”, a topic that has received much attention lately. In September of 2016 in a report released by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) partner, Public Eye, it was revealed that Swiss commodity trading firms are exploiting lax regulatory standards to sell to African consumers. (1) The long and comprehensive report documents the way certain traders take advantage of fuel standards in Africa that allow for high contents of sulfur that would not meet modern environmental regulations in Europe and other developed markets. The results are poor air quality in many African cities that have far less fuel consumption than major European metropolitan areas.

The report was not without its critics, including the Ghanaian National Petroleum Authority (NPA). (2) The now former CEO of the NPA, Moses Asaga said much of the criticism of the African authority was borne out of a lack of understanding of the authority’s responsibilities. While the report highlighted that many African nations, including Ghana, have sulfur standards that range as high as 300 times the levels in Europe and the United States, it did not comment on the costs associated with bringing nations into compliance with lower standards. For example, the NPA estimates that it would cost Ghana about 300 million US dollars to bring infrastructure into compliance to produce low sulfur diesels. These types of policy decisions therefore are not solely up to petroleum agencies like the NPA, but have economic impacts that go far beyond the operating budgets of such agencies.

And there is good reason to believe the NPA and other agencies do take their fuel quality seriously. For the past 4 years, the NPA has run a comprehensive fuel marking program aimed at ensuring stations are providing good quality fuel to consumers. (3) A side benefit of this program has been the reduction of subsidy abuse of kerosene and marine diesel, as well as tax evasion of on-road diesel and petrol by dilution. The program is working with technology provided by Authentix, with an estimated savings to the Ghanaian government of over $11 million, while ensuring the nations fuel supply is of high quality having minimal environmental impact.

This is a great example of how governments can effectively reduce fuel fraud and minimize subsidy abuse by adopting programs to improve the quality of the fuel supply chain. Effective fuel fraud prevention programs are designed and put in place to reveal the quality and condition of the supply chain. Often, merely shedding light on the various stages that make up the supply chain will improve the flow of fuel in the country by deterring fraudulent activities that thrive in the shadows. Ensuring integrity of the fuel supply chain also ensures minimal environmental impact by keeping fuels up to specification at the retail pump.

The most successful fuel marking programs involve a number of best practices which are adjusted and modified to meet the unique requirements of each country via an interactive program design phase followed by full implementation and operation. Regular program reviews and audits ensure the program is meeting or exceeding its stated objectives and return on investment (ROI). By stopping illicit trade of fuels through monitoring retail outlets for diverted subsidized fuels or diluted fuels, environmental impact of automobiles is kept to a minimum.

And that is why the focus of the ARA annual meeting was so promising. Ultimately, further raising environmental conditions in many Africa nations will require investment in the infrastructure of the fuel refining industry to produce low sulfur fuels. That investment will come from investors when they have confidence in a strong independent regulatory function in these countries that ensure the investments made in low sulfur diesel infrastructure will pay returns. With the good governance shown by agencies such as Ghana’s NPA, as new regulations are adopted, investors should feel good that there are strong independent agencies already in place to enforce and maintain these new standards.

1. https://www.publiceye.ch/fileadmin/files/documents/2016_DirtyDiesel_A-Public-Eye-Investigation_final.pdf
2. http://citibusinessnews.com/index.php/2016/09/17/acep-displayed-ignorance-in-dirty-diesel-report-moses-asaga/
3. http://www.imaniafrica.org/2016/04/21/imani-africa-report-prevent-fuel-fraud-africa/

Authentix Announces Jewel Accredited & Certified Partners for Banknote Security and Authentication

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ADDISON, Texas, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix®, a leading global authentication and information services company, is pleased to announce that five currency industry organizations have completed the Jewel Certification program. Jewel Certification enables industry suppliers to become more familiar with the design and incorporation of Jewel into the banknote. As part of the process Authentix transfers best practices in the handling, use and quality checks of the feature. Support for a trial to demonstrate incorporation into the ink, varnish, substrate, or finished banknote is also provided.

Jewel is a complete Level Three security platform involving proprietary materials, QC equipment, and specialized sensors to be used by the Central Bank for confirming the presence and correct response of the feature. Jewel is characterized by its high security, durability and ease of incorporation via a wide range of implementation options. Jewel is in use by several leading Central Banks and has been developed in response to the Central Bank’s need to dis-aggregate their supply chain in order to have more options as they strive for highly secure and cost effective currency designs.

“Central Banks increasingly want choice and to build best of breed solutions to stay ahead of counterfeiting threats,” says Tim Driscoll, General Manager of Authentix’s Currency & Tax Stamp Business. “Authentix has partnered with six of the most respected names in banknote substrates, inks, design and printing. Central Banks are assured of continuity and choice when selecting Authentix Jewel.”

Accredited and certified partners include respected names in banknote security such as Landqart AG, PNO Global, Royal Joh. Enschedé and Arjowiggins Security. Authentix will continue to grow the partner program in both size and offerings.

Although Authentix will support all industry suppliers in meeting a Central Bank’s specification for the incorporation of Jewel, Certified partners are uniquely positioned to support the Central Bank’s needs with established competency in print trials and marketing the offering.

About Authentix:
Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains. With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions we help protect currencies for many leading central banks as well as help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g. gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g. pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit https://www.authentix.com/offerings/jewel/