UTM software for quick detection of fake degrees
JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has developed a "Quick Response" (QR) to enable employers to detect fake UTM degrees.
UTM's Environmental Resources Faculty senior lecturer Dr Muhammad Zaly Shah Muhammad Hussein, said the technology enabled employers to check the QR codes embedded in UTM-issued certificates with the job applicant's thumbprint to determine their authenticity.
The software is called "Identity Management Business Application Suite" (Imbas) and it is designed to help employers save costs and time.
"Employers need not call UTM each time they receive an application with a UTM degree. To check if the certificate is genuine, they would only need to check if the applicant's thumbprint and the QR on the certificate match," Zaly said.
"The applicant cannot make changes to the certificate as the details are verifiable by Imbas," he added.
Zaly said Imbas would also furnish information such as the date the certificate was issued, the background of the degree holder and his academic achievements.
He said Imbas was user-friendly and could be used by anyone with a handphone or a web camera.
"Go to www.imbas.my to download the software first. Institutions of higher learning who want to use the software will need to procure the licence and pay an annual fee."
Besides being a boon to academia, the software will also be useful to the human resource departments of private and public sector companies.
"The QR code uses AES128, the the same Belgian technology used by the National Security Agency of the United States to protect classified information," Muhammad Zaly said.