Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Schreiner picks Identiv RFID inlays to protect medical devices

Steve Rogerson
August 6, 2019

California-based Identiv has strengthened medical device authentication and anti-counterfeiting in the IoT with a multi-year project awarded by Germany’s Schreiner Group for secure RFID inlays.
The contract for several million inlays connected to labels will provide contactless identification for one-time-use medical devices in hospitals.
Currently contracted to strengthen secure authentication in the IoT over the next three years, several million inlays from Identiv’s RFID portfolio will be connected to high-tech labels and attached to one-time-use medical devices in hospitals throughout Europe. The RFID inlays will provide contactless identification of the devices, optimising processes during medical procedures – such as checking for compatibility between different types of equipment – and protecting patients’ health and safety from counterfeiting.
“Identiv is proud that our highly secure RFID inlays were the right fit for this project, strengthening our long-term partnership with Schreiner Group,” said Manfred Mueller, Identiv COO. “We see device-level authentication and anti-counterfeiting applications gaining further importance throughout the IoT, not just in the medical field. Customers looking to protect people and products are our priority.”
Meeting industry standards in the healthcare market, the dry 32 by 15mm RFID inlays use Infineon SRF55V02P chips. Once the three-year contract has been fulfilled, there will be discussion to expand the business.
“At Schreiner Group, it’s our mission to benefit our customers by delivering intelligent solutions that optimise processes and enhance product safety,” said Manfred Laschinger, Schreiner Group head of corporate purchasing. “Our customers are challenging us to meet the highest standards in terms of quality, reliability and service, and we are pleased to continue working with Identiv to deliver just this.”
Identiv’s RFID, NFC and inlay transponder portfolio brings smart identities and security to the IoT. Its high-frequency (HF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) 13.56MHz RFID inlays are customisable, available as dry or wet inlays, and come in various shapes and sizes. The inlays can have multiple designs integrating various materials, chip technologies and frequencies for metal and non-metal environments.
The company produces inlays using flip-chip technology and high-volume die-bonding processes with integrated inline quality and process control to guarantee quality performance.
In addition to healthcare and the IoT, the inlays can benefit near field communication (NFC) smart posters and billboards, libraries, event and transportation ticketing, automotive and chemical industries, logistics and supply chain, asset management, pharmaceuticals, electronic games, event management, wearable technology, and customer loyalty programmes.
Schreiner Group is an internationally active German family-owned business operating in the printing and film-converting industry. The company offers tailored products and services for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, logistics, mechanical engineering, and the electronics and automotive industries. The group employs more than 1100 people around the globe, generating annual sales of more than €180m, and is headquartered in Oberschleissheim near Munich. Its high-tech labels are also produced in New York and Shanghai.