Brands and retailers alike are targeting IoT technologies like RFID to solve the dual challenge of making shopping more convenient for consumers while reducing the environmental impact of their operations.
The two-year TRACE project, led by a consortium that includes PragmatIC Semiconductor, will monitor NFC-tagged beverage bottles and food trays as they are sold, returned to a store, cleaned and then reused.
The acquisition will place Beontag among the largest RFID label producers globally, with a planned capacity of five billion labels, leveraging Confidex's ticketing and industrial tag products and its China-based manufacturing site.
A hybrid solution from tech startup TrueGreen and RFID company Identiv enables UHF and NFC tracking from a single label to provide authentication, supply chain management and tamper-evident content for consumers who buy products at dispensaries.
Avery Dennison Smartrac offers compact NFC inlays for retail packaging; NXP adds secure IC to its MIFARE product line; Identiv launches secure authentication platform for NFC tags; Device Authority, Avnet partner for IoT security management; KORE, Kigen, Energy Web team up for smart-grid applications; Pharrowtech, Blu Wireless unveils new chip, phased-array antenna module.
Amcor is working with U.K. flexible IC company PragmatIC, which offers both Near Field Communication and RFID tags that could be built directly into the packaging of consumable products.
The company's director, Angela Gheller, spoke exclusively to IoP Journal about supply chain strategies, the use of smart packaging and sustainability, including how PPE manufacturer Leal has used its technology.
OTACA's NFC label, along with blockchain software and analytics, enables the company to share product information with consumers, provide authentication, and create a digital record of each item's retail journey for analytics purposes.
The Spiro Plus M750 label, certified by the DoseID Consortium, is designed to offer strong performance in environments containing liquids and high tag densities.
To foster the digital transformation brought on by the Internet of Things, it's vital to analyze new technologies and understand their potential and their inherent risks.