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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS & SMART LABELS

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No 18 | March 2017 |

OPE

journal

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pplications that are temperature-

conscious have some critical needs

that have traditionally been hard

to address: Managing an entire population

of NFC smart tags, measuring and sto-

ring precise temperature readings at any

time, as well as performing cloud-based

analytics and remediation to guarantee

the control and integrity of goods. Use

cases include monitoring and tracking of

temperature-sensitive products for cold

chain applications, medical products and

pharmaceutical logistics, and other fragile

goods, including items such as fresh fish,

wine, blood, vaccines, flowers, and more.

Now, Identiv, Inc., a physical security and

secure identification provider based in Fre-

mont, California, has announced the launch

of the next generation of its uTrust Sense

Temperature Tracker, a low-cost, portable,

powered smart sensor that tracks and stores

temperature readings. In addition to its low

cost and small form factor, it can be read by

any near field communication (NFC) reader,

such as a mobile phone, and uploaded to

the Internet for analytic purposes. A smart

sensor for the Internet of Things (IoT)

market, Identiv’s uTrust Sense Temperature

Tracker is expected to empower businesses

in a broad range of markets, including cold

chain and healthcare, by providing low-

cost temperature monitoring for virtually

anything. The turnkey solution is the result

of a partnership between NXP Semicon-

ductors, Syntel, Enfucell, and Identiv.

End-to-end smart sensor

“We are excited by the outcome of this

collaboration,” explains Stefan De Troch,

director of product management at NXP

Semiconductors, which is based in Eind-

hoven, The Netherlands. “Identiv’s uTrust

Sense Temperature Tracker constitutes a

comprehensive end-to-end smart sensor

solution. It is powered by NXP’s NHS3100,

a highly integrated IC capable of accurately

sensing, logging, and securely transferring

data between sensor and cloud. NHS3100 is

the first in a series of NFC-enabled sensing

solutions for smart packaging in logistics,

healthcare delivery, and other applications.”

“The small form factor and innovative

design empower organisations to enable

temperature logging at an item level and

not just at the pallet or package level,”

says Narendra Naidu, IoT practice direc-

tor for Syntel. “The integrated solution

includes a mobile app and a cloud IoT

platform that allows business insights about

several important parameters, including

the number of scans, which products

have experienced temperature excursions,

how many, and in what geographies.”

“Enfucell is thrilled to see our thin

and flexible SoftBattery contributing

to remarkable improvements in the

logistics of pharmaceuticals and other

perishable goods,” adds Dr Markku

Ellilä, CEO of the Finnish company.

“We are delighted to deliver this turnkey

solution for the smart sensor market,”

said Stephane Ardiley, director of product

management at Identiv. “This demo kit

contains breakthrough temperature tags,

delivered as labels, that are fully calibrated

according to ISO/IEC 17025. In this second

generation, the secure tags deliver excellent

temperature accuracy as well as embed-

ded services to ensure the integrity and

confidentiality of temperature records.”

The next generation of the uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker from Identiv, Enfucell, NXP

Semiconductors and Syntel (photo: Identiv)

Temperature monitoring

for virtually anything

Identiv announces next generation of its

smart temperature sensor solution for the Internet of Things