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How It Works

Creating a sophisticated algorithm to print invisible data on a 2.5 square-millimeter area that can be decoded with an optical device is certainly a mouth full to say, if not a totally mind blowing achievement. But SMC (Simple Microdot Code) engineers didn't let that stop them.

They designed the SMC pattern algorithm to generate a series of dots that, once randomly generated, can be replicated using standard printing processes. These patterns contain a 32-bit encoding scheme that allows for approximately four billion unique IDs to be generated into SMC.

SMC patterns are laid out on a 2.5 square-millimeter swatch and saved as either PNG or TIFF files. These tiny swatches of encoded dots can then be used to trigger electronic links, applications, databases and more. SMC patterns can be easily integrated into a print file using any of today's desktop publishing software.


Printing Process

Both offset and digital presses can print SMC patterns using the industry-standard CMYK printing process. SMC patterns must be printed using a special clear carbon-based ink, which absorbs infra-red light. This allows the sensor module to clearly detect the patterns. The remainder of the piece must be printed using non-carbon-based inks. This allows SMC patterns to be placed anywhere on a printed surface, either as a stand-alone pattern, or embedded in a directional graphic element.


Complete Technology Solution

The SMC solution comes complete with everything you need to start integrating the technology into your own products and services: • Software for binary encoding of SMC patterns (from a single pattern to over 4-billion unique patterns). • Pen with integrated infra-red sensor and decoding modules. • Utility software to associate data and links with SMC patterns. • License agreement based on your required number of unique SMC patterns.