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Thinfilm, Prime Vision developing NFC smart-packaging solutions

William Payne
January 19, 2017

Norwegian near field communication (NFC) smart packaging specialist, Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) is partnering parcel and logistics specialist Prime Vision. The two companies are collaborating to deliver new smart-packaging solutions across the broader mail and parcel industry. Dutch postal operator PostNL is a majority shareholder in Prime Vision.

Thinfilm and Prime Vision will build on Thinfilm’s SpeedTap and OpenSense NFC tags to help address postal- and logistics-related needs. Applications will initially target increased mail/parcel security, enhanced e-commerce functionality, and improved consumer communication.

Prime Vision provides solutions and has consulted on postal and logistics innovation projects for a number of national postal organisations including Austria Post, Australia Post, PostNord, Swiss Post, and Slovenia Post.

Thinfilm says that each SpeedTap and OpenSense tag is uniquely identifiable and virtually impossible to clone, and can be read with the simple tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone or device. Once tapped, tags wirelessly communicate with the cloud, allowing organisations to connect directly with consumers to instantly deliver authentication messages, serial numbers, and other relevant content. OpenSense technology also offers additional protection against package tampering and fraud.

“For postal and parcel delivery services, providing confirmation to customers that a package has not been tampered with during transport can be a game changer. But that capability is essentially non-existent in the industry today,” said Eddy Thans, CEO of Prime Vision. “With Thinfilm’s NFC technology, our postal and logistics customers will soon be able to track the exact route of delivery and instantly confirm – with the simple tap of a smartphone – that their package has not been opened.”