Oslo, Norway-based smart systems developer Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) has partnered with global authentication company G World Group to develop smart packaging for wine bottles. The companies unveiled the new ‘smart bottle’ at the recent GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai.
The bottle features Thinfilm’s patent-pending NFC OpenSense™ tags and G World’s globally patented Samscan process. According to Thinfilm, NFC OpenSense™ tags can detect if a bottle has been opened or not, and the bottle’s status can be read with an NFC smartphone. The G World system will deliver on the new Free Trade Agreement initiatives between Australia and China, Thinfilm added.
After MWC, G World and Thinfilm plan to execute a live field trial in collaboration with Ferngrove Wine Group, a Chinese-owned, Western Australia premium wine company. G World has placed a seven-figure unit order for NFC OpenSense™ tags as part of the agreement with Thinfilm and the Fengrove field trial.
G World Managing Director Grant Shaw said:
“The G World system is designed to enhance trade and productivity for industry. One of the significant outcomes is an anti-counterfeit framework that provides transparency and accountability at all stages of the supply chain. We’re excited to leverage Thinfilm’s technology and believe this solution will be of real value to brand producers as well as consumers that demand authentic products.”