Wisekey’s Wiseprint Secures Ink Cartridges against Counterfeiting
WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW) (“WISeKey”), a Swiss based cybersecurity and IoT company, today announced that it is introducing its new WISePrint solution, the first fully integrated platform for printing cartridges protection and anti-counterfeiting. WISeKey’s WISePrint has been developed for the printer makers to help them secure their revenue and protect their consumers. The WISePrint technology takes full advantage of WISeKey’s recognized know-how and experience gained over the years working with reputable companies in this industry including a leader in 3-D printing that recently embraced our solution.
Counterfeit ink and toner cartridges usually lead to bad user experience, potential health issues and damaged printers. They also have a terrible impact on the environment. This is in addition to a huge loss of revenue for the printer makers, which as estimated will be over US$3 billion annually or approximately 10% of the total global printer supplies market which is expected to reach US$33 billion by 2020 (Technavio, June 2016). While the counterfeiters’ techniques are getting smarter, the genuine cartridges makers have to enhance their protection with more security and more reliability.
WISeKey’s WISePrint is a complete and dedicated solution to reduce the risk of fraud and help printer manufacturers to protect their genuine cartridges. It includes a cryptographic hardware secure element (WISeKey’s VaultIC), placed on the container, and a turnkey high security Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution used in e-passport applications. WISePrint also comes with options and features built to provide easy deployment of any device/printer from the plant to the field.
Depending upon the integration into the printer, the VaultIC features a Near Field Communication (NFC) contactless interface or an industry standard wired connection to the printer main processor. The keys are securely stored in this tamper resistant module while the global WISeKey’s Certificate Management System ensures the authentication of the cartridges. WISePrint also offers smart refill management and high-speed patented multi-cartridges authentication.