Smart Packaging and IoT examples

While Smart Packaging technology is still in progress and not completely widely available, it has an immense potential to increase the protection, efficiency, traceability, and functionality of goods for customers. 

Today, the use of smart packaging and IoT is uniting and the product journey that started with production is carried to a new level with smart packaging and connected packaging technology. We generally know the concept of IoT with our wearable technology products. For example, smart wristbands, smart home appliances, and mobile applications. But on a larger scale, this information exchange is also used in production processes. And every day, many companies use it to bridge the practical operation of their machines and their software. The most important issue is efficiency. Of course, traceability and facilitation of tracking methods are the sub-elements that provide this efficiency. Today, IoT technology is used predominantly in the industry to analyze information from machines through software, to give commands, to analyze data, and to provide real-time control. Another area is providing fast and efficient packaging, and transparently handling and tracking shipping and delivery. At the same time, there is also to increase customer interaction and satisfaction by including consumers in this monitoring process. Connectivity and electronic precision will reduce the burden of surveillance of warehouse workers and increase performance. There are many ways for robotic technology to be used in warehouse processes in all sectors. Robots can eliminate risky activities for staff and reduce the chance of pollution. The automation of your warehouse can maximize efficiency in many ways as imagined.

Here we will give additional information on some innovative companies that utilize the smart packaging and connectedness of IoT to further elaborate current trends in the field.

Insignia Technologies

The technology required uses smart pigments and inks that modify color in response to temperature or CO2 changes. A color change is detected when subjected to gas or UV rays. It provides fresh food markers and CO2 indication pigments that inform consumers of how long products have been in their refrigerator and warn them when food is spoiled.

PragmatIC designs generally affordable modular electronics for smart packaging applications. Its modular ICs (‘FlexICs’) can be incorporated in daily goods, allowing the opportunity for thousands of smart objects to engage users and their surroundings.

EVRYTHNG is a world-leading company in the IoT field that links consumer products to the internet and provides real-time data to intervene, monitor, or gain insight during the production process. EVRYTHNG turns packaging into functional and smart digital ID cards generating possibilities for customer interaction as well as a vast data source on products and production processes. So that manufacturers can manage their goods at all levels of logistics, gain customer feedback with post-purchase services.

Lastly, Blippar is a digital innovator specializing in augmented reality (AR) and smartphone applications accordingly. The business helps end-customers to verify the quality and origin of their food by scanning the item through their Blippar app. Blippar is a simple enabling technology that uses image recognition to enable real data service. When a user scans a certain food product, the app provides nutrition info, the quality certificates of the manufacturer, their location details as well as brand information when necessary.

As our changing lifestyles and as consumers, we all become more demanding, conscious, and intelligent, the material called packaging becomes a quality control platform focusing on various consumer benefits such as product quality, safety, freshness and information, and a marketing tool for the brand. Hence, the IoT industry continues to seek and create solutions suitable for this need.