CPI led SCOPE project aims to take grocery shopping to the next level with NFC technology

May 11, 2016

The day when you can pop into your local supermarket armed with your near field communications (NFC) enabled smart phone to make purchases based on your own personal data is coming one step closer to reality. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a specialist consortium creating a world class UK manufacturing supply chain that will enable the widespread adoption of packaging incorporating NFC based technology.

The three year project is titled ‘SCOPE’ and is building the manufacturing capability, capacity and skills required to commercialise and position the UK as a world leader in the production of smart products with printed sensors – a fast growing billion dollar global market.

Near Field Communication2The Internet of Things describes a world in which every day physical objects are able to communicate and exchange data with other connected devices through wireless technologies such as RFID and NFC. NFC is an emerging technology which constitutes an NFC chip, embedded or applied onto an object such as product packaging and then activated by interaction with an NFC reader or a smartphone. Data can be gathered and transferred between the two devices when held in close proximity.

The production of NFC tags using printable electronics means in the future NFC tags will be able to be produced in a high volume, low cost manner with conformable geometries. Printed NFC will be able to be used for a host of applications such as providing product differentiation on fast moving consumer goods, tracking or indicating the authenticity of a product in logistics, or anti-tampering controls which also provides data management information. However for the these products to reach the retailer, technology innovation is needed to develop the supply chain that facilitates the price points and market volumes industry needs for mass market adoption.

The aim of SCOPE is to develop new processes, equipment and applications to enable the high-volume manufacturing (billions or even trillions) of printed electronic components that incorporate NFC. The project is providing a technology platform to develop new, innovative and novel functionalities and applications, alongside the building of specialist skills and capabilities. A key Near Field Communicationemphasis is to apply highly automated and high speed integration techniques to meet target costs of <1cent per NFC tag.

The consortium comprises of 14 partners across the UK’s packaging supply chain including: Unilever; Hasbro; Crown Packaging; Andrews & Wykeham; and Mercian Labels. The British Print Industry Federation is supporting dissemination for the project, linking the supply chain together and providing end user feedback on the market readiness of the technology.

The project covers multiple application sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods, beverage, games and security and provides a platform to develop second-generation opportunities within other key UK sectors including healthcare, food, energy, built-environment, defence and transport. Currently initial concepts are being developed around low-cost, high volume, printed logic for integration into labels for smart packaging and product branding on fast moving consumable goods.

 

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