Theft, forgery and illicit trading of valuable antiquities, artworks and artefacts are a matter of increasing concern worldwide. To enhance the protection of heritage assets, there is a growing need to streamline the accountability processes and gain assurance of authenticity while tracking artefact movement.
Issues affecting the Art & Heritage industry
- Need for an integrated electronic system for artefact accessioning and inventory in place of manual processes that are tedious and prone to human error
- Need to streamline work processes in artefact tracking, inventory and associated transit documentation
- Need to capture information accurately and in a timely manner
- Need for a strong authentication mechanism to gain assurance of authenticity of artifacts received at a destination. This will help in protecting valuable artefacts that are sent on loan between museums
Bilcare has collaborated with the National Heritage Board (NHB), Singapore to provide an authentication and inventory solution for the protection of heritage assets.
Bilcare’s solution involves tagging artefacts with a machine-readable nonClonableID™ tag that contains a unique security fingerprint. This tag is affixed to the back of the painting or artefact and can be authenticated in real-time through custom-made handheld portable readers. This ensures the security of the entire inventory system and assures the authenticity of all artefact tags.
With minimum manual intervention, the system provides electronic records tracking the artefact movement that interface with the inventory system. This means that the movement and actual location of artefacts are updated promptly.
This is achieved by attaching 2-D index numbers linked to accession numbers (through the central Clearing House database managed by Bilcare) to artefact tags and scanning them using portable handheld scanners that are also connected to the central database so that updates of transactions can be performed almost immediately.
- Artefacts can be easily identified with tags; accession numbers will not have to be applied manually but will be built into the tags through the system
- The tags are tamper-resistant and can only be removed by authorized professionals. Tags will be rendered unusable or void if any attempt is made to remove them from the artefact. This will prevent tags from being transferred onto forged or replicated artefacts
- Updates on location of artefacts can now be performed almost immediately upon each scan
- nonClonableID™ tags can be used on any surface, including pottery, sculpture, textiles, blankets, paintings, document and photographs
- The tags are surface-friendly and do not stick or leave any residue on removal