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Global Consumer Goods Company Orders Thousands of Thinfilm NFC Tags
Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm), a provider of printed electronics and smart systems, has announced that a global fast-moving consumer goods (FCMG) brand has placed a five-figure unit order for its Near Field Communication (NFC) SpeedTap tags. The client is working with Thinfilm on conversion and product application initiatives, according to Thinfilm, and discussions for future field trials are currently underway. The client's total sales volume is several billion units annually.
Thinfilm's SpeedTap tags are part of the company's OpenSense product line—thin, flexible labels that can both detect a product's "factory sealed" and "opened" states and wirelessly communicate contextual content with the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone. The tags were initially 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 SpeedTap tags support 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) operation for compatibility with fixed and mobile NFC RFID readers (from smartphones to industrial readers), have 128 bits of read-only memory (roadmap to 256 bits) and adhere to a subset of the ISO 14443 Type A RFID standard. The tags support popular data structures such as 96-bit GS1 EPC, according to Thinfilm, and are less than 300 μm thick.
Including this purchase, the company indicates, Thinfilm has now received pilot orders for its NFC products from companies spanning several targeted verticals, including wine and spirits, specialty foods, pharmaceutical packaging, tobacco, and medical devices. Thinfilm says it expects NFC-enabled products featuring Thinfilm's OpenSense technology to reach the market during the first half of 2016.
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