FeaturePrint: barcode and QR twilight?
FeaturePrint is a new system developed by the American start up Alitheon, using very accurate photos to develop what is a digital fingerprint of any object. It is to be a new way of authenticating physical objects – one that could replace barcodes, RFID tags, QR codes and any other currently used identification codes. And which, according to start up, would be irrevocable. According to the creators, each, even mass-produced item is slightly different, the differences are imperceptible to the human eye, but not to FeaturePrint.
As CEO of Scot Land FeaturePrint said, it is "the link between the physical object and the digital world." According to Land, the company conducted an experiment demonstrating how accurate the scan made by FeaturePrint is. The 100-dollar bill was washed with bleach until the print was removed, and the system was able to distinguish individual banknotes anyway, using hundreds of thousands of unique features of paper fibers.
The creators of the program say that just as each of us has unique fingerprints, so every physical object has a unique surface characteristic that distinguishes it from all others. And it doesn't matter if it's a serial item or a single item. There are always some differences.
Alitheon's patented technology uses advanced machine learning and neural networks to recognize a specific thing and doesn't need any codes for it. Recognition can be done in real time. After scanning the surface of the object using the FeaturePrint system, the scan is stored in the cloud. A simple smarfton is enough to recognize the object, which compares the photo taken with the scan stored in the cloud.
FeaturePrint can be used not only to recognize banknotes, but also to secure luxury goods, air luggage or identity documents. Will FeaturePrint really be used, for example, at airports or to check the validity of Louis Vuitton bags? Hard to predict. The company has managed to raise USD 11 million for now. for further work on the project.