Agfa Graphics unveils upgrades to its Arziro security printing system

The new technology combines a dynamically generated QR code with a secure graphic.
The new technology combines a dynamically generated QR code with a secure graphic.

Agfa Graphics has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market. Arziro Design 3.0 drives comprehensive and flexible security printing, offering new security design features and integration with Arziro Authenticate 2.0 – the updated version of Agfa Graphics’ ultra-safe, encrypted distribution platform. With the availability of new technologies, said Agfa, counterfeiting is on the rise, posing serious risks to businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The Arziro ecosystem is capable of outsmarting forgers while streamlining the design process and production workflows for certificates, breeder documents, security cards, labels, stamps, vouchers, tickets, packages and more. The newest upgrade – Arziro Design 3.0 – offers full integration with Arziro Authenticate 2.0 as well as enhanced compatibility and functionality.

Andy Grant.
Andy Grant.

“With Arziro Design 3.0, users have the ability to develop extremely complex designs quickly and easily through a dedicated plugin,” said Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics. “On Mac or PC, users can smoothly work in the latest versions of Adobe Illustrator, enriching designs with customized security elements and using new tools and functions that aid in creating even more unique and complex security graphics. The upgrade also includes a brand-new module connecting it seamlessly with Arziro Authenticate as well as Arziro Plus – an advanced module for governments and security printers.”

Arziro Authenticate 2.0 adds an even deeper layer of safety and security to the design-sharing process by combining a dynamically generated QR code with a secure graphic. Anyone can check the authenticity of a design, document or solution by scanning its code via a smartphone, enabling at the same time the product owner to receive insightful user data in the process. Arziro Authenticate 2.0 also includes additional functionality for driving customer engagement, e-commerce and supply-chain management (track & trace), but also adds the possibility to create hybrid codes. For these hybrid codes, the security elements are printed in offset, flexo or gravure, and the serialization elements are printed during a separate process with a digital printer such as an industrial inkjet printer.

“This upgrade of Arziro Authenticate is so much more than a secure authentication solution. It comes with new alert functionality, incorporates Google Analytics tools, supports hybrid codes and even more supply chain management (SCM) tags that can be customized according to intended markets or distributors,” Grant added. “Even more, businesses can benefit from the rich data available to them through the Arziro SaaS server.”

The premium version of Arziro is only available to certified security printers and government departments. Arziro Plus offers users complete security design freedom. For example, it comes with a new module, Arziro Blend, that generates new elements based on one or more selected elements with specific line distances and line weights, for even more design possibilities. In addition, Arziro Plus enables greater control of the output and printability of the designs, as well as advanced efficiency-enhancing functionalities.

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.