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When the Issuer makes a Countermark, he can set the read limit area and distance for the Countermark as follows:
Countermark with no specified reading geography. You can read a Global Countermark at all locations or on a phone with the “Location” setting disabled.
Countermark with a specified reading geography. To read a Geo-Locked Countermark, you must enable the “Location” setting on the phone. The phone must also be in the specified area that the Issuer has set for each Countermark.
Public and Private Countermarks have different read limit functions:
All Countermark Users can read a Public Countermark. A typical use for Public Countermarks is marketing operations or free data for use in the public domain.
Only a specified Group of Users can read a Private Countermark. These Users are typically specialists that must have access to protected data.
The User and Group dialogs have dedicated edit functions that permit the Issuer to add, view details, delete or change both individual User and Group membership details. The dialogs have tooltips with text callouts which explain terms and permitted actions.
Group Edit Dialog
The Issuer opens the web-based Countermark interface and removes (i.e. ‘cuts’) sensitive data from the document. He then generates a Countermark and replaces (i.e. ‘paste special’) the data with the Countermark code. The Issuer can then set Group and security access.
Countermark personnel divide into three categories:
The individual who uses the Countermark website to make (i.e. issue) Countermarks and put them into documents. The Issuer also has the access rights to create Users and Groups and set the Countermark security levels:
An individual with a phone who is permitted to read a Countermark. A ‘Public’ User can read a Countermark at all locations without access limits. A ‘Private’ User can only read a Countermark on authorized phones.
A number of Users the Issuer collects into a Group that share access to a common Countermark.
ountermark for Documents lets you to annotate, validate or protect all types of documentation.
A Countermark can show selections of visual and printed data that you want to send to a phone. The image of the Countermark code is in .png format which you can add to Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and many other types of document. The Countermark App lets you restrict where, when and who can read the Countermark:
When you add Countermark code to a document, the Countermark operates like a hyperlink and adds data that is not apparent on the document. Examples include:
Later Countermark releases will include video and acoustic files.
Countermark for Documents lets you to annotate, validate or protect all types of documentation.
You use a web interface to upload the data you want a User to see on their phone when they read a Countermark, this can be an Image, a URL or a PDF file:
In its basic form, all Countermark Users can read the Countermark data to validate documentation and detect forgeries.
You can, however, also remove (cut) sensitive data from a document and replace that data with a Countermark code (paste special). The original data is held in a secure database and only made available to Countermark Users on a ‘need to know’ basis.
The Issuer can then specify the read limits possible. The read limits are independent of each other and include:
The format of the Countermark can be selected to include font:
The format of the Countermark can be selected by:
Black dots on white background – best for paper.
White dots on a black background – best for computer screens.
The size of the Countermark can be standard or can match the image uploaded (Image option only).
The Countermark code comprises a 32 character alpha-numeric string which is easy-to-read with software and the human eye:
You use a dedicated mobile phone App, with links to the Countermark server, to read the Countermark and return the original data to the User. The Countermark fonts are optimised for machine reading and the fonts are registered designs. The name Countermark and the Countermark key symbol are registered trademarks. International patents protect the Countermark reading algorithms.
The data returned to the users can be a PDF file, a link to a web page or a static image which can contain words and pictures or both. In the future, the ability to send audio, video and links to social media to the User’s phone will be added.
You can print Countermarks in Latin, Chinese, Cyrillic and Katakana fonts:
When the Issuer makes a Countermark, he can set a read limit time period for the Countermark as follows:
The Countermark Log shows:
Where and when it was read
And, subject to consent, who read it