The authenticity is checked by a quadruple-track scanner that uses a laser to read the cards.
Modern robbers have long since given up storming banks. Scam artists today are after digital money, meaning the data on customers’ cash and credit cards. They use tiny cameras and computers, mount bogus keyboards on cash machines and wait for their victims at a safe distance. The well-organized gangs swipe PINs and empty bank accounts in no time. Even gas cards are on their hit list.
Ultrathin metal platelets in the plastic
As a result, increasingly sophisticated security features are now in demand. Researchers at Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services have developed a system for protecting against forgery that is surprisingly simple and extremely secure: innovative Makrofol® ID ProteXXion, a transparent plastic film incorporating tiny metal particles. Read here for more on the Bayer researchers’ security strategy.