Labelled for the internet of things
Categories: technology, economy, security
What? A new smart-packaging solution will enable brand owners to use labels and tags to make products ready for the internet-of-things (IoT) by default, though activated only as needed. The innovative smart-packaging system is a partnership between U.S. company R.R. Donnelley's proprietary printed electronics techniques and the Smart Cosmos IoT-platform manufactured by Smartrac, a world-leading radio-frequency identification (RFID) company based in the Netherlands.
So what? The cost-saving potential of IoT-ready products could make de facto IoT compliance an industry standard. IoT-ready smart packaging promises supply chain efficiency improvements in inventory management, asset tracking, authentication, theft prevention and consumer engagement. As a cautionary note, the possibility of entire supply chains becoming digitally connected would also make them cyber-vulnerable.