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By Beth Bacheldor

LAB ID NFC Tags Prove Authenticity for New, Limited-Edition Art

LAB ID, a provider of products and solutions based on RFID technology, has announced that its Near Field Communication (NFC) tags are being used to protect limited-edition art objects, known as BBooks, which are composed of precious woods sculpted and pieced together into spheres. Hidden inside each sphere is the printed parchment of a book.

LAB ID's IN590 tag
In order to protect these book collections from being counterfeited, LAB ID teamed up with Italian company Mazelab to develop an NFC-based certificate of authenticity. The certificate system leverages LAB ID's ISO 14443-compliant inlay, the IN590, which is equipped with NXP Semiconductors' Mifare Ultralight EV1 chip. The inlay is incorporated into the sphere's wooden structure so that it cannot be removed. There are three tags in each sphere, each of which contains information about the BBook. Mazelab developed a smartphone application; the NFC capability in a smartphone reads the three tags, and the app processes the combination of data included in those three tags to confirm the object's authenticity.

The series of BBook collections is called "Gaia" (which means Earth, in reference to the BBook collection's spherical shapes, but also referring to the primal goddess of Greek mythology, according to LAB ID). The first sphere in the series incorporates "Poesie in Bianco e Nero," a collection of 40 poems by Bianca Curioni. The other titles selected for the series include "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions," by Edwin Abbott; "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll; "Psyche and Cupido," by Apuleius; "The Prince," by Machiavelli; "Inferno," by Dante Alighieri; "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau; "De Brevettate Vitae," by Seneca; "I Canti," by Leopardi; and "The Tragedy of Hamlet," by William Shakespeare.

"Poesie in Bianco e Nero"
LAB ID's work with the BBooks follows another publishing project in which the company participated. Its NFC tags were used in a long graphic novel titled "Golem," by artist and designer LRNZ and edited by Bao Publishing. The tags were applied to the book's cover and could be read by smartphones. With a corresponding app, users could then discover new content for the novel, such as parallel stories of the characters, as well as videos and comics.

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