It’s critical to have visibility throughout the entire supply chain
– especially when dealing with perishable goods or pharmaceuticals.
While visibility has certainly increased over the past years with new
technology such as RAIN RFID and NFC, there have been gaps in the tracking and
monitoring of products.
With NXP’s new solution combining sensing NFC and RAIN RFID, released
this year at AIPIA, full traceability across the supply chain is
possible.The semi-passive NTAG SmartSensor monitors temperature and can be
extended to other parameters such as humidity, shocks, tilting and vibration
through a low powered battery and communicated via NFC. By combining this
solution with RAIN RFID, tracking of the product conditions is now possible
throughout the entire life cycle.
Find out below how NFC and RAIN RFID will increase visibility across the
entire supply chain.
NXP’s NTAG SmartSensor UCODE Combo Kit
1. Give your product an identity
Get rid of barcodes in manufacturing – RAIN RFID and NFC provide a more
secure and convenient way to identify and authenticate products.
2. Establish limits for usability
With the NTAG SmartSensor, you can protect your products further and get
information on how the products are handled. Assign the temperature range the
product needs to stay within as well as limits for handling (ie: shock, tilt,
3. Store production data
Easily access batch numbers and additional information such as production
dates and expiration dates.
4. Monitor physical parameters
Continuously monitor the state of your products with the NTAG SmartSensor and
check the status via NFC or RFID. If a product has gone outside the set
limits, it will be detected in the readout.
5. Track & trace along the supply chain
At each checkpoint, scan the entire pallet of products to retrieve data on
location as well as handling and condition. RAIN RFID ensures easy bulk
reading and can read out the conditions monitored by the NTAG SmartSensor
6. Tamper protection
With smart labels and seals, products that have been tampered with can easily
be identified. Upon arrival at retail stores or to the consumer these can be
properly disposed of.
7. Increased quality
By early detection of wrong conditions and authentication check, brand and
store owners can preemptively refill the logistics chain to avoid shortages.
Goods that have been improperly handled can be rejected, and consumers will
experience greater quality of goods.
8. Inventory management
RAIN RFID provides increased visibility for merchandise within the store,
resulting in fewer empty shelves and more accurate stocking. The store owner
has a better sense of what is on the shelves at all time, and can quickly
react to shortages or overstocked products.
9. Additional benefits for brand & consumer
NFC enhances the retail experience through benefits such as loyalty programs,
authentication check and additional information. With just a tap, the
consumer cannot only find out more about the product, but could also view the
10. Increased confidence
Through the additional information that the consumer receives due to NFC,
there is an increase in confidence. Goods that need to be handled at a certain
temperature, such as fine wine, can be have their handling proven and the
consumer can view that it has indeed been kept at the appropriate temperature.
NTAG SmartSensor Homepage
RAIN RFID Homepage