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Electronic anti-counterfeit System and Method for verifying the Authenticity and Data Integrity of an Education Certificate in Original and Copy format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247429D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-07
Document File: 8 page(s) / 682K

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Abstract

System and Method for electronic anti-counterfeit of Education and Professional certificate that leverages Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital signature, Time Stamp authority and barcode technology for verifying the Authenticity, prevents forgery and assures Data Integrity of an Education Certificate in Original and Copy format. Education certificate is an example used to demonstrate the approach, system and method and can be used as an anti-counterfeit system for any identity document like driver license, birth certificate, e-Visas, Government ID cards, National ID Cards, redemption coupons etc.

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Problem Statement

-Educational certificates / Mark Sheets are important resources in validating the skills and expertise of a job applicant. Additionally, in most countries, educational attainment of an individual is an essential requirement for eligibility in continued employment and even residency in a country.
-The importance of education certificates has given the rise of fake certificates. Just a quick search reveals a proliferation of websites selling fake education certificates from various legitimate institutions from high school to PhDs. The ease of obtaining these fake education certificates and the perceived edge it gives to a job applicant makes these a tempting proposition. In fact, the U.S.-based Council for Higher Education Accreditation estimates that more than 100,000 fake degrees are sold each year in the U.S. alone.
-There have been various real world issues wherein the use of these fake certificates caused significant loss or harm. For example, in Spain, people

with fake medical degrees nearly killed two senior citizens from medical prescriptions. In Singapore where there educational attainment is one of the basis of accepting a foreign worker, there have been multiple cases of fake degrees. In fact, from 2012-2014, there have been 157 foreign workers prosecuted for providing falsified documents.
-Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg, in most cases, it is difficult to verify education certificates specially those issued from foreign educational institutions. Manual verification of education certificates is a cost and time consuming process. In this proposal, we hope to present a more efficient way to authenticate physical copies of education certificates.


Known Solutions (if any)

-The most common verification method for education certificates is through manual verification (e.g. contacting the issuing institution itself).
-As per our understanding and research the solutions that exist today to detect/ deter forgery of education certificates are based on RFID or micro chips or online storage or bar codes. But none of them provide a fool proof system that addresses Authenticity of the issuer and thereby the certificate, Data Integrity check, Time Stamping, verification of copies, interoperability and easy to implement.


Drawback of Existing Solutions

-The manual verification solution though effective is a cost and time consuming process particularly when a large number of certificates needs to be verified.
-Other anti-counterfeit methods might be effective verifying the issuing school but will not be able to verify the person the diploma was i...