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Title: Tamper indicating seal

Abstract

A system and method for detecting tampering with a seal is provided. A loop seal tamper indicating device includes a seal wire that may be passed through a secured item or container to form a loop with the free ends of the seal wire passing through a seal housing. A plunger body including an adhesive-filled cavity is inserted into the seal housing, such that a piston expresses the adhesive into the space between the seal housing and the plunger body. The adhesive may contain reflective particles and is cured to fix the particles and the adhesive in place. A reference image may be taken to record the unique identifier and reflective signature of the adhesive. Future validation images may be compared to the reference image to determine whether the reflective signature has changed, thus indicating that the seal has been tampered with.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1650999
Patent Number(s):
10679523
Application Number:
15/219,388
Assignee:
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (Aiken, SC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G09 - EDUCATION G09F - DISPLAYING
G - PHYSICS G06 - COMPUTING G06K - RECOGNITION OF DATA
DOE Contract Number:  
AC09-08SR22470
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 07/26/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Weeks, George E., Tolk, Keith, Tanner, Jennifer E., Benz, Jacob, Allen, Keir C., White, Helen M., Krementz, Daniel, Harpring, Lawrence J., and Lawson, Raymond R.. Tamper indicating seal. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Weeks, George E., Tolk, Keith, Tanner, Jennifer E., Benz, Jacob, Allen, Keir C., White, Helen M., Krementz, Daniel, Harpring, Lawrence J., & Lawson, Raymond R.. Tamper indicating seal. United States.
Weeks, George E., Tolk, Keith, Tanner, Jennifer E., Benz, Jacob, Allen, Keir C., White, Helen M., Krementz, Daniel, Harpring, Lawrence J., and Lawson, Raymond R.. Tue . "Tamper indicating seal". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1650999.
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title = {Tamper indicating seal},
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abstractNote = {A system and method for detecting tampering with a seal is provided. A loop seal tamper indicating device includes a seal wire that may be passed through a secured item or container to form a loop with the free ends of the seal wire passing through a seal housing. A plunger body including an adhesive-filled cavity is inserted into the seal housing, such that a piston expresses the adhesive into the space between the seal housing and the plunger body. The adhesive may contain reflective particles and is cured to fix the particles and the adhesive in place. A reference image may be taken to record the unique identifier and reflective signature of the adhesive. Future validation images may be compared to the reference image to determine whether the reflective signature has changed, thus indicating that the seal has been tampered with.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {6}
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