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Any of various substances, such as microscopic pieces of multilayered colored plastic, added to a product to indicate its source of manufacture: added taggants to explosives to deter terrorism.

[Short for Microtaggant, trademark for tags identifying explosives.]
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1. (Electronics) electronics a microscopic material added to a substance to enable it to be tracked by radio frequency
2. (Chemistry) chem a chemical marker used in various kinds of testing
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(ˈtæg ənt)
a substance added to an explosive that may be traced if the explosive is used for unlawful purposes.
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'Upon inspection and systematic verification of 19 randomly selected master cases, using a Taggant reader, [a BIR-registered tool used to test the authenticity of excise stamps affixed on cigarette packs], it was discovered that all selected cigarette packs bear fake stamps and carry the same serial number,' the BIR said.
An inspection and systematic verification of 19 randomly selected master cases, using a Taggant reader, showed all selected cigarette packs bore fake stamps and carried the same serial number.
All of the stamps emitted red light under a Taggant reader and were lighter in color than that of the genuine ones.
Pursuant to the Agreements, Applied DNA will supply taggant and authentication materials to Colorcon in exchange for long-term royalties on the sale of Colorcon products incorporating the company's molecular tags and on the sale of authentication services related thereto.
have entered into a technology license memorandum of understanding that combines Applied DNA's proprietary molecular taggant and authentication technology with Colorcon's portfolio of film coating systems, inks and color dispersions for use in solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, the companies said.
OVD is used by govt authorities worldwide A highly specialised nano- technology forensic security feature similar to DNA composition It cannot be duplicated and used to enhance the security feature of the OVD Configured to read nano- particles on the security hologram, would glow green or Red ' Green' in the presence of nano- particles, ' Red' in their absence on the security hologram OVD: THE TAGGANT EFFECT
Covert security is incorporated as an invisible taggant detected only with the help of a proprietary device.
This new detection tool has surpassed our previous records of performance and usability, and represents the next step in the advancement of spectral taggant technology."
* Machine readability using a password protected terminal capable of recognizing the proprietary taggant properties.
XRF (X-ray fluorescence) and handheld or inline laser detection equipment can "read" the embedded taggant signature and verify authenticity of the polymer, product, or component.
Security Materials uses spray pyrolysis technology for brand protection and nanotechnology for covert taggant applications.