Prime Vision says its inspiration stemmed from the fact that the ability for customers to determine whether a package has been tampered with is essentially non-existent in the industry at present, according to Freek Smoes, the company's director of innovation.
"Because of the increased popularity of e-shopping," he says, "more parcels are being shipped than ever before, and we therefore see a strong need for a solution that can track parcels as they move from the e-commerce company to the consumer."
Prime Vision anticipates that its solution will enhance shipping security, e-commerce functionality and customer communication. Thinfilm's NFC technology combined with Prime Vision's track-and-trace solutions, Smoes explains, will enable postal, parcel and logistics companies, as well as retailers and consumers, to track the exact route of delivery and instantly confirm — via the tap of an NFC-enabled smartphone — that a package has not been opened and that the product inside is authentic. In addition, the solution could enable consumers to use their smartphones to receive product-related information from that product's producer or shipper.
One aspect of the solution is the use of stamps, bar-coded labels and envelopes that have RFID tags physically incorporated into them.
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