Introduction

The History


In early 2007, 2-D code technology for identity authentication purposes was selected and endorsed by the United States’ Department of Homeland Security, over other competing technologies due to its higher security and greater protection of identity information and privacy.


In 2008, a firm and positive endorsement of benefits and capabilities that are required of identity security technologies such as that of NexCode® are reflected by United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in their initiatives, specifically in their legislative and technical recommendations put forth to Governments on efforts to combat human trafficking. 


In particular, discussions at the UN.GIFT Vienna Forum 2008 in relation to the UNODC Article 12 of the Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons as well as focus on crime & identity theft, which stipulates the following:


 “Several kinds of technology that are new or in the process of being developed offer considerable potential for the creation of new types of document that identify individuals in a unique manner, can be rapidly and accurately read by machines and are difficult to falsify because they rely on information stored in a database out of the reach of offenders rather than information provided in the document itself.”


 “One concern raised during the negotiation of Article 12 of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol was the cost and technical problems likely to be encountered by developing countries seeking to implement highly technological systems; the development of systems and technologies that minimize the amount of sophisticated maintenance and high-technology infrastructure needed to support and maintain such systems will be critical to the success of deployment in developing countries.”


The NexCode® was developed in recognition to these recommendations put forth by the UN.GIFT and UNODC.