Whether it is luxury products, consumer goods or industrial tools, a growing wave of counterfeiting is spreading across the globe, and electrical cables are no exception. Nexans, a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems, and Authentic Vision, a leading provider of mobile authentication solutions, have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance partnership based upon the organisations’ shared philosophy focusing on consumer safety and improving the consumer experience. Authentic Vision’s patented Holographic Fingerprint labels have already been applied to Nexans products packaging in Peru and Lebanon and are under deployment in other countries. The labels make it easy for customers or distributors to scan and verify the authenticity of a product with any smartphone. This approach aligns with Nexans’ strategy of providing value-added services to its customers.
Nexans is determined to protect its customers from potentially harmful, substandard products. The most important risk associated with counterfeit cable is cheating on the quantity of copper, which can have dramatic consequences. By reducing the diameter of the copper conductor, counterfeit cables can become abnormally hot when current is passed through them and cause a short circuit and a fire outbreak.
“Through our partnership with Authentic Vision, digital innovation plays a key role in our customers’ safety. It helps Nexans guarantee its products’ conformity in terms of manufacturing and safety standards”, says Jérôme Fournier, Vice-President Innovation at Nexans.
The Group is now planning to roll out and deploy Authentic Vision’s solution in products around the world to protect the brand and create consumer engagement.
Secure, easy to use and widely beneficial
Authentic Vision’s solution is highly secure, easy to use and instantly provides clear positive/negative verification results. No additional training or specialised equipment is required.
“Our security labels are unique and absolutely copy-proof due to the physical randomness used in the production process. Even we are not able to duplicate or copy the labels ourselves”, Thomas Weiss, CEO of Authentic Vision, states and points out that his company’s technology is also global and actionable: “Our solution provides customers with proof of authenticity, and in the event a fake attempt occurs, precise geo-location provides brands with actionable data.”
In other words, the Meta-Anchor™ technology provides every product with a physically and digitally unique identifier (UID) and tracks counterfeiting attempts, thus providing valuable data for the prosecution of counterfeiters and fraudsters. Only three weeks after the Nexans launch, the first suspicious activities were recorded by the Group.
Environmental, partner and customer benefits
Nexans is engaged and deeply committed to reducing any adverse environmental impact. Counterfeiters do not apply rules and regulations as Nexans do to limit the environmental impact. With the Authentic Vision unique holographic label, anyone can differentiate a genuine product that respects standards in force and one manufactured in the framework of the Group Sustainability action plan.
“By fighting against counterfeit products, we create value for our customers”, says Elyette Roux, Chief Sales & Marketing Communications Officer at Nexans. “Beyond ensuring the authenticity of the product, making these products unique and connectable also represents an added value for our customers in terms of information exchange with Nexans, such as installation guide videos or product features brochures”. Indeed, Nexans and Authentic Vision are joining efforts to develop customer engagement features that will be implemented by regional marketing teams through the Nexans mobile app, which is used to authenticate Nexans’ products.
Image source: Courtesy of Nexans
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