Smart products Retail theft has become so critical to store groups that many have designated senior-level staff to examine anti-theft technology. Others have grouped together to call for the application of anti-theft labeling and packaging to all products sold retail within a few years. The resulting Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) sector is now a huge business involving the incorporation of electromagnetic, radio frequency, microchips or other data inlays electronic article surveillance systems into labels, tickets or tags. Again, this opens a wide range of opportunities to enterprising label producers working with EAS suppliers. An interesting development involves radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for so-called smart labels and tags. The transponders for the various programmable types are either microchip inlays with a read/write capability or lower cost magnetic films, foils or arrays of magnetic wires for embedding in label stocks. High cost tags have a unit cost of $1 upwards, while the expanding low cost RFID market involves thin-sheet products with unit costs of between 1 cent and a dollar. It is a market that could reach $10 billion worldwide in 10 years, say some experts. RFIDs can exist with bar coded labels and are difficult to copy or simulate in order to protect goods against theft and counterfeiting. However, supply chain tracking and other logistics applications to replace bar codes are really driving this growth. They include airline baggage labels, express parcel labels, and tickets for leisure events and mass transit. Like all new technology, RFID acceptance is conditional upon overcoming hurdles to gain high-volume production. Internationally acceptable standards are now in place, but other factors include the cost of capital equipment and consumables, as well as compatibility with existing numbering and data capture products. To smooth this path, major RFID makers have formed partnerships with suppliers of hardware, software and materials. Motorola’s BiStatix smart label venture involves a tie-in with International Paper (IP) to promote packaging and labels using read/write microchips. Instead of passive bar codes, manufacturers and retailers can track products using radio signals, while a unique identifier protects high-value goods against gray market theft and counterfeiting. Bill Slowikowski, IP’s senior vice president of consumer packaging, claims this marriage of electronics and paper enhances customer service and eliminates many supply chain inefficiencies. “In the U.S. alone there is an estimated $250 billion in yearly waste attributable to inefficient product distribution from manufacturers to customers. Retail counterfeiting was responsible for approximately $70 billion in losses in 1999.” Texas Instruments has formed an international Team Tag-It Program involving nearly 30 companies to develop smart label applications. As a resource forum it helps hardware, software and licensed converters to develop marketing, sales and networking opportunities for RFID smart labels. Philips has a partnership with Raflatac, the global self-adhesive laminate group, to develop markets for its I.Chip semi- conductor products. Mikoh Corporation allows Poly-Flex Circuits Inc. to produce RFID label transponders using Mikoh’s tamper indicating SmartANDSecure process. Under a related agreement, Poly-Flex also acts as a channel distributor for SmartANDSecure transponders and labels. SmartANDSecure can be applied to any smart label to make it tamper intelligent. The process enhances existing RFID transponders to detect and warn of any type of product tampering using an RFID reader. Polyflex will initially create SmartANDSecure transponders for use at 13.56MHz, 915MHz and 2.45GHz frequencies. It will add other frequencies and protocols as needed. OVDs and RFIDs are just a few of the main weapons in a growing arsenal of anti-fraud and logistical weapons. Fluorescing, magnetic, thermochromatic and color shift security inks and coatings alone make upubstantial market, deserving of separate coverage in themselves. Other ingenious proprietary products involving labeling will correctly identify whether products and/or individual batches of products are genuine. For example, Biocode’s covert method (OpSec is one international licensee) uses bio-engineered recognition molecules to detect inert chemical markers added to both liquid or solid products. Marked products are identified in the field using antibody-based test kits. Label & Narrow Web is the major source of information and education for the narrow web segment of converting and printing. Each issue contains useful and penetrating articles on matters of primary interest to the label and narrow web professional. From technical innovation and marketing trends to product development, Label & Narrow Web examines the critical topics that affect narrow web markets internationally. http://www.labelandnarrowweb.com Chipless Smart Labels: The Ultimate RFID by Dr Peter Harrop and Teresa Henry, IDTechEx Ltd This report looks in far more detail at chipless tags, including a much wider range of technologies. These have the same market potential as chip tags and possibly more. They are usually ultra low cost from 0.1 to 10 cents each, even in modest quantities. As yet chipless tags are rarely mentioned in the press or at conferences. This second report also analyses how the silicon chip and even batteries in conventional RFID will become printed, to lower cost and improve ruggedness so eventually most forms of low cost RFID become "chipless". Order book http://www.idtechex.co.uk Executive Summary and Conclusions 6. Future trends 6.1 Improved price and functionality of chipless 1. Introduction tags 1.1 What is RFID? 6.2 Printing an equivalent of the microchip 1.1.1 EAS is not RFID 6.2.1 Sharp "Continuous Grain Silicon" 1.1.2 Enormous differences in range surfaces 1.1.3 Applications 6.2.2 Quantum effect circuits 1.1.4 Benefits 6.2.3 Polymer film circuits 1.1.5 Making new things possible 6.2.4 Electronic ink 1.2 Low cost RFID creates new markets 6.2.5 Black silicon 1.3 Chipless tags : not just a price advantage 6.2.6 Silicon on insulator 6.2.7 Bioelectronics 2. Problems with traditional solutions 6.3 Printed disposable batteries for low cost 2.1 Manual methods active RFID 2.2 Bar codes 6.3.1 Sony, Japan 2.3 Magnetic stripes 6.3.2 Power Paper, Israel 2.4 Conventional security printing 6.3.3 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 2.5 Conventional contactless smart cards 6.4 Printed rechargeable batteries for low cost 2.6 Chip-based RFID active RFID 2.7 Electronic transponders 6.5 Printed solar cells 6.5.1 United Solar Systems, US 3. Chipless RFID solutions now and soon 6.5.2 Bio-photocells 3.1 Evolution from EAS 6.5.3 Johannes Kepler University, Austria 3.2 Unique pattern RFID 6.6 Remote read-write and other possibilities 3.3 Magnetic films 6.7 The resulting advanced chipless RFID 3.3.1 Without moving parts 6.7.1 Motorola Bistatix low cost chip tags as a 3.3.2 With moving parts bridge to chipless. 3.4 Printed passive circuits 6.8 Independent development centres with 3.4.1 Without conventional components skills in chipless RFID 3.4.2 With conventional components 6.8.1 Sentec, UK 3.5 Performance comparisons 6.8.2 Scientific Generics, UK 3.5.1 Remote magnetics vs coil arrays 6.8.3 San Diego Magnetics, US 3.5.2 Fixed vs scanned frequency 7. Applications demanding low cost RFID 4. Magnetic film and wire and progress to date 4.1 Magnetic film 7.1 Brand protection 4.1.1 Conventional magnetics - non contact 7.1.1 Counterfeiting FMCG, luxury goods reading 7.1.2 Grey markets 4.1.2 Flying Null, UK 7.1.3 Logistics 4.1.3 Hooting, UK 7.1.4 Safety 4.1.4 Graphic Dimensions International, The 7.2 Secure documents including banknotes, Netherlands passports 4.1.5 Scipher TSSI, UK 7.2.1 Authentication 4.1.6 De La Rue, UK 7.2.2 Appearance 4.1.7 Other 7.2.3 Logistics 4.2 Magnetic wire and fibres 7.2.4 Tickets 4.2.1 HID, US 7.3 Logistics and process control 4.2.2 Fuji Electric. Japan 7.3.1 Letters and parcels 4.2.3 Unitika, Japan 7.3.2 Retailing 4.2.4 Incode, US 7.3.3 Distribution 4.2.5 Other 7.3.4 Laundries 4.3 Magnetic assembly 7.3.5 Air passengers, baggage, freight 4.3.1 Scientific Generics Meto, UK & Germany 7.3.6 Factories : accounting, flow optimisation, 4.3.2 Other theft control 7.4 Libraries, archiving, document 5. Printed passive electronic circuits management 5.1 Over Solutions, US 7.4.1 Automated retrieval 5.1.1 IT Link, US & UK 7.4.2 Automated loans 5.2 E-Code, US 7.4.3 Automated stocktake 5.2.1 Lintec, Japan 7.4.4 Theft prevention 5.2.2 Mitsui, Japan 7.5 Automated payment and ticketing 5.3 Miyaki, Japan 7.5.1 Credit, debit, prepayment 5.4 Checkpoint, US 7.5.2 Non-stop road tolling 5.5 Intermec Amtech, US 7.5.3 Ticketing 5.6 Others 7.6 Secure access 7.6.1 Premises 7.6.2 Operating vehicles and equipment 7.6.3 Computers 7.7 Tamper evidence and prevention 7.8 Life-threatening counterfeiting 7.8.1 Pharmaceuticals 7.8.2 Automotive and aircraft parts 7.8.3 Other 7.9 Counterfeit refilling 7.10 Other 8. Directory Appendix 1 Structure of the RFID industry Appendix 2 Product literature The World's Largest Smart Labels Conference "Definitely the place to go to network and create business. Plenty of people of the right calibre are there - not just seekers of information. Highly recommended." Steve Freeman, Vice President - C.W.Over Solutions USA. The World's largest conference on low cost RFID will be held in Cambridge, UK, on 24-25 September 2001 at Robinson College with an optional workshop on 26 September. As before, the first day will focus primarily on major users - their needs and experience. The second day will cover new product announcements, futuristic developments and case histories. In addition there will be: An exhibition arena "Meet the Experts" dinner set in Jesus College, one of the oldest Cambridge University colleges (founded in 1496). Experts will include the speakers, Dr Peter Harrop, Hiro Omori and Raghu Das of IDTechEx, Prof. Tom Rodden, Prof. Keith Osman and, of course, many experts attending as delegates. However this event will also be suitable for spouses and friends. Dress will be smart/casual (i.e. trousers and shirt with a collar) and a well-known Cambridge resident will give a light hearted talk about Cambridge. Attractive and economical accommodation, with en-suite, in Robinson College, Cambridge University, if required. Residential will include all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The workshop will include new presentations from leading experts, with demonstrations and discussion. Those purchasing a place in the workshop earn a free one year subscription to Smart Labels Analyst (worth $400 or £250), our web/email journal, containing monthly industry analysis, reports and discussions. Smart Labels 2001 will focus exclusively on radio frequency tagging where the tag is cheap enough to be disposable or left on a product through life. This is the big need. Remarkable new sales successes will be reported where such tags are only a few cents or tens of cents. However, more sophisticated labels and cards costing up to a few dollars are also covered where they have potential for high volume sales. The emphasis will be on the needs of real and potential users and the capabilities of exceptional low cost RFID products, many announced for the first time at this conference. Smart Labels 2000 was sold out, with 176 delegates attending. We are expecting over 200 delegates this year, and there will be an exhibition. Click here to book. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE Functions - Theft detection Tampering detection Traffic management Brand protection Supply chain management Anticounterfeiting Location of assets Access control Internet of Things etc. Sectors - Postal services Fast-moving consumer goods Pharmaceuticals Passports Airports and airlines Road and rail ticketing Road tolling, tax, insurance, parking Animals Hardwoods Gas cylinders Retail goods Precious assets; museums, the home Pallets etc. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Smart Labels 2001 Conference Programme: Day One: Monday 24 September 2001 BIG ISSUES, BIG POTENTIAL USERS Chairman: Dr Peter J. Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Ltd. Dr Peter Harrop has written many books on the subject and is a consultant in smart labels and cards. 07:45 Registration and Refreshments/Exhibition 08:30 Chairman's Introduction: Progress of the Industry and Uses World Wide, Exponential Growth, Totally New Applications, Restructuring of the Industry. 08:45 "The Electronic Product Code - The Next Wave of the Computer Revolution?" Kevin Ashton, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AutoID Center, USA This is backed by Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Unilever, Mars and many others The Auto-ID center is a ground breaking research project, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, and at a newly opened sister lab at the University of Cambridge in England. The mission of the center is to merge the physical world with the information world. By bringing bits and atoms together, the project will create the next generation of the Internet - a world where "connectivity" is not limited to computers, but includes everyday objects from food to pharmaceuticals, from cars to consumer goods - linked and communicating in real time, all the time. In this new world, the way products are made, distributed, marketed, purchased, consumed, replenished and recycled will be transformed. Smart, forward-looking businesses will find greater efficiencies, new capabilities and new opportunities to gain competitive advantage. 09:15 "Why We Need a One Franc Smart Ticket: How We Will Get It" Michel Barjansky, Systems Engineering, Paris Transport System RATP, France This is the largest city bus/train system in Europe. An overview of the Ile de France Urban Transport System The case for the contactless smart card program The place of the smart ticket in it The development and the actual results 09:45 "The Necessity for a Range of Products for Transportation" Nicolas Mares, Chief Executive, ASK, France Contactless cards and their applications Contactless disposable paper tickets Smart labels in passports etc Innovative new printed antennas 10:15 Refreshments/Exhibition 10:45 "Issuing Five Million Contactless Smart Cards in London and the Need for Contactless Smart Tickets" Nicole Carroll, Marketing Director, Transys Ltd - London Transport Prestige Project, UK London Transport has placed the world's largest order for a transport smart card system at $1.6 billion with Transys, a consortium of EDS, Cubic, WS Atkins and others. Transys will install and run the system. Now it needs smart tickets alongside. Introduction to Prestige and Transys The multimodal contactless card The need for a smart ticket Future trends in the industry 11:15 "World's Largest System Integration of Smart Baggage Tags at San Francisco Airport." Mark Ealing, RFID Development Manager, Ultra Electronics, UK Reasons for introducing smart baggage tags to airports Challenges of system integration Experience at San Francisco and elsewhere View of the future - millions or billions of smart baggage tags a year? 12:00 "Smart Labels for Non-stop Vehicle Management in China and Elsewhere" Gary Gluck, Area Vice President, Transcore/EuroDAT Services, BELGIUM The need for combined tax, insurance, tolling etc smart labels for vehicles The need for non-stop parking and tolling in airports and elsewhere The Amtech technologies Case histories of system integration 12:30 Lunch and Refreshments/Exhibition 14:00 "Improving Supply Chain Efficiency through the use of Intelligent Tagging" Andy Robson, Business Development Manager, CHEP International UK/USA Chep is the world leader in the leasing of pallets. There are over one billion pallets in use worldwide. Understanding the supply chain issues Developing a "track & trace" capability using RFID The CHEP experience Measuring the business benefits 14:30 "Achieving Efficient Global Logistics Execution" Mark McGlade, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Savi Technology USA How convergence of real time data collection, wireless networks and web-based applications create new opportunities for supply chain efficiencies. The Savi Technology vision for more efficient and profitable commerce through real time visibility of conveyances, goods and shipments across the entire supply chain. The world's most extensive real time data network and software platform, designed, developed and implemented by Savi Technology for the US Department of Defense. 15:15 "Successful Use of RFID on Metal Gas Cylinders." Philip Calderbank, President, Global ID Switzerland Global ID will make 150 million low cost RFID tags this year. Case study on the use of RFID tags embedded in metal containers How the system is used today by a large gas bottle company Examples of tag application techniques, explosion proof readers, system operation Return on investment analysis 15:45 Refreshments/Exhibition 16:15 "The RFIDed Airport, The Way to get Forward" Dirk Cornette, Business Manager, Brussels Airport Switch, Belgium Turning information into knowledge into profit Ways to make the airport more intelligent Courtship between smart labels and the Airport Operational Database AODB View of the future 16:45 "The Global Demand for Conventional Labels" James Bevan, Senior Research Manager, Labels and Labelling Consultancy, UK Global demand for conventional labels by sector Detailed analysis of the Western European market Why the labels/packaging industry is interested in smart labels How the label sector sees them fitting in with their traditional business 17:05 "The Global Demand For Chip and Chipless Smart Labels" Raghu Das, Business Development Manager, IDTechEx Ltd, UK Uses for smart labels - more varied than ever Chip smart labels - strengths and potential Chipless smart labels - strengths and potential Trends to selling both chip and chipless smart labels together 17:25 Questions & Chairman's closing remarks 17:30 Close of Session 19:15 Transport will leave from Robinson College for the "Meet the Experts Dinner" at Jesus College. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Day Two: Tuesday 25 September 2001 NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND EXPERIENCES Chairman: Professor Tom Rodden from Nottingham University, UK Professor Rodden has made a study of new uses of smart labels that can transform society. 07:45 Refreshments/Exhibition 08:15 Chairman's Introduction: New Uses and New Possibilities The emergence of location based interaction The development of new interactive devices Exploiting future uses of tagging based systems Future and emerging markets 08:30 "Alien Technology - Smaller ICs, Fluidic Self Assembly and Lower Cost Smart Labels in 2002" Jeffrey Jacobsen, Chief Executive, Alien Technology, USA Alien Technology is growing extremely rapidly and has a Nobel prizewinner on the board. Scalable Assembly - "Carl Sagan Quantities by 2004" Scalable Functionality - NanoBlock™ IC & Nanosensor Tags Scalable Distributed Manufacturing - Local Production Scalable Open Architecture - Working Together 09:00 "The 8.2 MHz. EAS Switch Tag: an evolutionary path towards Smart Labels in retail" Peter Paijens, New Business Manager, NEDAP N.V.,The Netherlands NEDAP is one of the pioneers in RFID and EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) with many applications such as retail security, access control, animal management and vehicle tracking. Uses for smart labels - more varied than ever EAS and source tagging: the world market and the issues The promises of and roadblocks towards large scale use of Smart Labels in retail The importance of using current infrastructure for new developments The NEDAP 8.2 MHz EAS Switch Tag as evolutionary path Future scenarios 09:30 "An enabling technology for Smart Labels and devices" Reuben Fuchs, Marketing Manager, Power Paper, Israel TFM (thin & flexible microelectronics) Application integration Rechargeable power source 10:00 Refreshments/Exhibition 10:30 "The 20 Cents RF-rechargeable Battery for Low-cost Active Smart Labels" Matthew Foster, Chief Executive, Infinite Power Solutions, USA Active RF tag performance now possible in a smart label package at passive tag prices Demonstrated active tag performance at over 400 ft ranges Infinite or finite life smart labels possible with integrated micro-chip or flexible batteries RF energy battery charging 11:00 "Case Studies of Smart Labels Bringing Quick Returns" Tim Hankins, Managing Director, Intellident UK Case studies of tracking applications in the laundry, library, supply chain and petrochemical industries A review of the opportunities, solutions and financial implications 11:40 "Migration from EAS to Smart labels" Paul Groves, International Sales, Miyake Co. Inc.,Japan 8.2MHz EAS + RFID label Reading it with 13.56MHz readers 12:00 Lunch and Refreshments/Exhibition 13:30 "Low Cost EMID Tagging Solutions" Stephan Brauer, Chief Operating Officer, MXT Inc. Canada Electromagnetic ID "EMID" is one of the chipless RFID technologies MXT manufactures a high-performance magnetic fibre suitable for EMID tagging solutions The material can be detected in minute quantities in a variety of readers The unique magnetic characteristics of the fibre can offer a simple authentication tag based on magnetic signature Various formats of tag allow product tracking and/or authentication with very low cost tags MXT fibre is compatible with 3-D non-line-of-sight and non-contact reader technologies 14:00 "The Authentifiber Concept" Eli Yarkoni, Chief Executive, A.C.S. Israel Alternative electromagnetic chipless RFID technology Glass-coated amorphous microwire - for chipless smart labels The unique signature and the authenticator The concept of using the applications in the anticounterfeiting industry 14:30 "Plastic Chips: the Next Generation?" Stuart Evans, Chief Executive, Plastic Logic, UK This new spin-off from Cambridge University will replace the silicon chip with plastic transistor circuits that are more robust and cost less. Smart labels are an ideal early application. New polymer (plastic) materials and printing technologies open the door to low cost electronics A new paradigm well matched to the requirements of electronic cards labels and tags Presentation provides a global update, as science is being transformed into products 15:00 Chip RFID Breaking the Ten Cent Barrier Trevor Crotch-Harvey, Head of DataLabel Team for IRT, Innovision Group UK Embeddable passive tags sub 10 cents Read only & Re-writeable, 4KB of memory Tamper evident and secure tags Readers sub $1 Over 30 million tags sold 15:30 Refreshments/Exhibition 16:00 "Coil on Chip - the smallest RF tag" Lorna Garrett, European Manager, Hitachi Maxell & Nissei Sangyo Japan/UK Hitachi is one of the world's largest electrical and electronic companies and a leader in integrated circuit manufacture. Introduction to Hitachi Maxell Strategy for RFID Coil on chip technology Applications and future trend 16:30 "The 30 Metre Range Passive Smart Label and the 4 Kilometre Active Smart Label" Geva Barash, Executive VP Sales/Marketing, i-Ray Technologies, USA General RF specs and limitations Breakthrough technology that allows for these extensive read ranges Overview of the 30 metre passive smart label Overview of the 4 kilometre active smart label 17:00 "Real Time Detection of Theft and Tampering: A Totally New Type of Smart Label" Howard Whitesmith, Chief Executive, Tagtec Ltd, UK Tagtec provides 24 hours security of tagged items within an occupied space Domestic household and public area applications Retail potential for high value goods Passive (lifetime) and active (ten years) tag systems 17:30 Chairmans Closing Remarks 17:35 Conference Ends Day Three: 26 September 2001 Smart Labels Workshop (OPTIONAL) 09:00-15:00 All attendees will receive a years FREE subscription to the IDTechEx monthly Web Journal: Smart Labels Analyst, worth $400 The Smart Labels Workshop 2001 to be held from 9am to 3pm on the 26th September. This optional full day programme is aimed at educating delegates about the wide range of RFID technologies and products available, the pros and cons of these devices, market trends and strategies, who are winning the race, and lessons to be learnt from others. Experience can be shared. The day is intended for audience participation and discussion, and with experts present it is an ideal time to discuss and explain your RFID needs or problems. Dr Peter Harrop, Raghu Das and Hiro Omori will lead the workshop. A considerable number of slides will be shown that are not presented at the conference. Topics to be covered include: Chip and Chipless technologies, pros and cons, market overlap, share and trends Understanding standards and their development, and future technology trends Examples of RFID being used, how many have been sold, and into which markets New potential applications and advice on entry to market The potential impact of The Product Internet ( The Internet of Things ) on product design and market opportunities. Information on company activities in Japan and the Far East not available elsewhere. Future market trends for RFID Further, the workshop will provide a chance for attendees to see and handle a wide range of samples covering most chip and chipless technologies. There will be a working demonstration. All attendees will be given electronic and hard copies of the presentations, some samples to take away, copies of company literature we deem informative, and to keep you updated during the year, a FREE years subscription to the monthly IDTechEx web journal Smart Labels Analyst, worth $400. The Workshop is recommended to all, and is effectively a full day of consultancy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About 200 delegates are expected to attend following 176 last year. As last year, the conference proceedings will be available at the event and will include all presentations without exception. Click here to book your place.