Smart packaging integrated with RFID-NFC tags provides promising benefits including consumer engagement, customer satisfaction, item authentication, supply chain optimization and high-quality assurance. Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw, global segment marketing and smart consumer product at NXP Semiconductors has explained the internet of packages in detail, which will be summarized in this article. According to her, ‘‘Internet of Things (IoT)’’ is now referred as ‘‘Internet of Everyday Things’’, which means that all the surrounding objects will get a unique electronic identification (ID) related to either RFID tags or NFC tags. The information present in these tags will be acquired through a connected reader.
Surrounding objects such as clothes, footwear, accessories, electronics, cosmetics, food & beverages and pharmaceutical products will become smart and connected due to internet of everyday things. Let’s discuss how IoT smart products process data and valuable information.
The working of RFID-NFC wireless tagging solution allows consumer products to work with the cloud-based applications that function as an enabler of big data technologies. To read the information contained by these RFID-NFC products, supply chain readers are located at a distance of 10cm or less. However, NFC tags are commonly used compared to RFID tags due to the massive growth of smartphones. Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw also signified the function of three data application layers;
- At the core of each RFID-NFC tag, there exists a secure electronic ID layer. The function of this electronic ID layer is to provide security through encrypting features. It helps the supply chain owners to authenticate all the products electronically helping them to fight against counterfeit and faked products.
- After this, the tag provides an electronic on-product device layer to store minute information, or data like changes occurred throughout the lifecycle phase of a product. Logistics stores use this information to determine whether the product has been interfered before reaching its final destination or not. The on-product layer is also embedded with smart sensors enabling the customers to check temperature conditions, heating and environmental pressure for storing products. NTAG SmartSensor by NXP Semiconductor is a perfect choice for secure IoT products. NTAG SmartSensor is a temperature-calibrated tag, which means that it can help users to monitor the features of temperature-sensitive products ranging from humidity, shocks, tilting and oscillations.
- The last is off-product cloud layer designed for retailers and marketing programs. This layer stores a large amount of data, pulls data analytics and analyses the latest information to inform the authorities about product whereabouts, usage, feedback, thus allowing retailers to trigger their current strategies.
Products enclosed within the smart packaging solutions bring the 360-degree view in front of retailing companies and logistics supply chain stores to track, trace, encrypt and authenticate products. The presence of three different data application layers permits the companies to provide quality assurance, detect tampered and environmental conditions instantly. In short, smart packaging and IoT technology work perfectly both for consumers and brand owners. The multifunctional capabilities of smart packaging help the companies to design 1.2 trillion units of RFID-NFC labels, and this number will reach up to 1.5 trillion units by the end of the 2026 year.