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Smart chips deal death blow to certificate fraud
Technology involves embedding special tags in sensitive documents
By Amelia Naidoo, Campus Notes EditorPublished: 00:00 August 6, 2011

In a digital age various forms of fraud have reached epidemic proportions, which affects organisations' financial stability and effectiveness. Certificate fraud is of particular concern to government authorities and measures are gradually being put in place to curb dishonesty.

In the UAE universities, banks and government departments have been the first to implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and this involves the use of smart tags on sensitive and critical documents. Degree certificates, legal documents, trade licences, boarding passes, cheques and bank guaranteed letters fall into this category.

In the Gulf region, UAE-based company Amricon has been implementing the system for various federal departments.
"We deal with critical government documents where there can be fraud. Our main customers are governments and banks," said

Amricon regional manager Tarek Awad.
In 2004 the company signed an agreement with the Department of Economic Development where all trade licences had to bear a smart tag. In 2005 it signed an agreement with 30 banks in the UAE for bank guaranteed letters.
And it is finalising an agreement with the UAE Ministry of Health so that all licences for doctors, nurses, clinics and hospitals will need to bear a smart tag. Saudi Arabia's ministry of justice and Bahrain's ministry of information also uses the RFID labels supplied by Amricon, said Awad.