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Thinfilm, G World introduce smart wine bottle solution ••• Smartrac releases DogBone, ShortDipole tags based on Monza R6 chip ••• Canada's University Health Network to use Haldor RFID system to manage surgical instruments ••• Teijin develops new medical device management RFID solutions ••• Industry groups promote RFID to reform, automate and accelerate tire recalls ••• NeWave's Wave RFID antenna evolved from New Horizons technology.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 23, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Thinfilm, G World Group; Smartrac; Haldor Advanced Technologies; Teijin; the Tire Industry Association, The Safety Institute, Families for Safer Recalls; and NeWave Sensor Solutions.

Thinfilm, G World Introduce Smart Wine Bottle Solution

Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm), a Norwegian provider of printed electronics and smart systems, and the G World Group, a research and development firm, have created a smart wine bottle solution, using printed electronics technology that features Thinfilm's patent-pending Near Field Communication (NFC) OpenSense tags and G World's globally patented SAMSCAN anti-counterfeiting process.

The Ferngrove project will use Thinfilm's NFC OpenSense tag and G World's app.
OpenSense is a product designed for use on bottles, to authenticate a bottle's contents or to indicate (when the tag is read) if its seal has been broken (see Thinfilm Launches OpenSense Printed NFC Sensor Label for Bottles). The OpenSense tag adheres to the side of a bottle (containing a beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, perfume or some other product) and extends to the cap, such that any effort to break the cap's seal would also damage the tag. In that event, the tag would still respond to interrogation from an NFC reader, but would also transmit data indicating that the seal had been broken.

Thinfilm reports that the two companies will execute a live field trial of their smart wine bottle solution, beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, in collaboration with Ferngrove Wine Group, a Chinese-owned Western Australian premium wine company. Ferngrove is a supplier of five-star red wine to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, according to Thinfilm, and exports more than 600,000 bottles annually to China alone. G World has placed a seven-figure unit order for NFC OpenSense tags as part of the agreement with Thinfilm and in conjunction with the planned Ferngrove field trial.

Ferngrove is working with G World Group to build a complete electronic pedigree (e-pedigree) solution for the agricultural industry, focusing on the specific wine supply chain and exports from Australia to China, according to the project's description on G World's website.

According to Thinfilm, counterfeit wine, particularly in Asia, is a pervasive problem. Recent reports claim that 50 to 70 percent of all wine sold in China could be fake, with the percentage climbing even higher for premium brands. G World's SAMSCAN, combined with OpenSense, will facilitate the authentication of individual bottles throughout the supply chain, the company says, ensuring that they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state. G World is also providing protocols for authorized devices (those equipped with a Ferngrove or G World app enabling the label's interrogation) for data and logistics control.

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