SAFEMETAL: Increasing EU citizen security by utilizing innovative intelligent signal processing systems for Euro-coin validation and metal quality testing

Euro coinage has been steadily subject to increasing outlawed counterfeiting activities. The most recent figures bring to 14 the number of illegal mints discovered to date, accompanied with a significant cumulative total of counterfeit coins detected or confiscated. Over 80 classes of counterfeit coins and corresponding tooling and working methods are identified, which by European Technical and Scientific Centre directives lead undoubtedly to the conclusion that the vast majority of counterfeit manufacturing facilities remain in operation. At the same time conductivity measurements are widely used for characterisation of heat treatment of aluminum alloys and other non-destructive testing, especially for safety-critical applications in aerospace industry, nuclear reactors etc.

The SMEs and the Universities participating in this project have identified these challenges and consider they represent major product opportunities. The developed metal validation technology will be required to distinguish between increasingly sophisticated counterfeit and the tightly specified genuine coins and to characterise the metal quality. This will be accomplished by developing advanced signal processing and data fusion techniques, and by also developing planar electro-magnetic sensors and pulse eddy-current measurement techniques with increased field sensitivity. The market being addressed includes coin validators and aerospace & nuclear industries.

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Project funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) under the Specific Programme “Capacities” (Research for the Benefit of SMEs)