A high-speed laser scanner is set to become the latest weapon in the war on fake booze.

The scanner uses laser surface authentication technology to assign a unique fingerprint to items such as a bottle of vodka. The bottle can then be scanned at a later date and positively identified as coming from the official source.

Developed by Cambridge Consultants and Ingenia Technology, the scanner can mark 50 items every second. “This breakthrough in high-performance authentication technology is highly significant for brand owners and packaging companies in their supply chains, as well as tackling counterfeit products,” said a spokesman.