This IFS-Food defense- suitable security seal was developed in order to protect piece goods and single pallets from mischievous manipulation. The security seal is stuck to the pallet wrapped in foil in such a way that it cannot be removed unnoticed. It is composed of security features usually found on bank notes. It has a large hologram-strip as copy protection and a security area, which changes its color when being shone on with a specific light. Both ensure that the seal cannot be forged or simply reproduced. Furthermore, the seal depicts a continuous 12-digit number, which is assigned only once. Thus, each seal is unique. In addition, the seal contains several predetermined breaking points, which prevent a nondestructive removal of the seal. This makes it impossible to re-use the seal.
The unique number of the security seal is printed in large-scale on the seal in form of a QR-code. This has the advantage that the seal can be scanned by a device, even from some distance. With the help of an iPhone or an iPod Touch and the +Seal Manager App, the numbers of the security seals can be scanned on outgoing goods and be documented as reference for the recipient. Right at the delivery of the goods, the seals on the incoming goods can be scanned again at which point there is an automatic comparison of the „outgoing-numbers“ and the „incoming-numbers“. The result is documented in a standard-protocol, deviations are pointed out and forwarded automatically to the person in charge (according to the preset of the email).