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13 Aug 2015

ADI (Advanced Digital Institute), a Bradford-based technology research and development company has developed a new, anti-fraud gadget in conjunction with Cumbria-based Innovia Systems.

VerusT H is a small, USB stick-sized, hand-held device designed for use within retail and general commerce as a method of detecting suspect and counterfeit currency.

The device will go into use from 2016 when the UK begins a conversion to more durable polymer notes, similar to those used in Australia and 23 other nations.

Francisco Lopez, MD of Innovia Systems, explained: "We approached ADI to develop the product from the basic design stage through to production and we are delighted with the outcome.

"VerusT H is being marketed globally to all nations that use polymer notes, however it will be available in the UK from the end of the year. It will ensure that retailers don’t suffer from loss of revenue by identifying suspect notes immediately at the point of sale.”

Not since the conversion to decimal currency in 1971 has there been such a major change to the monetary system in the UK. Here at ADI we are proud to have played an important role in such an historical event.

GEORGE BYSTRYAKOV, ADI’S DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

"We got involved in the project around two years ago and it has evolved into ongoing research and development liaison with Innovia.

"The end result is a device that will act as a reliable deterrent against fraud. We are all about creating ingenious solutions which is exactly what we have done here," added George.

ADI was founded in 2006 as a research and development innovation agency by Yorkshire Forward. In 2010, with the disbandment of Yorkshire Forward, the company became independent and has gone on to win a host of awards for its work in technology and healthcare with private and public sector clients around the world.