Norwegian near-field communication (NFC) specialist Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm) has collaborated with Dutch-based logistics solutions firm Prime Vision to provide new smart-packaging solutions for the mail and parcel industry.

Under the new partnership, Thinfilm will provide its NFC tags, including SpeedTap and OpenSense, to develop a new solution, which will provide more protection against package tampering and fraud.

"Providing confirmation to customers that a package has not been tampered with during transport can be a game changer."

The solution will initially be used to provide improved security, e-commerce functionality and consumer communication.

Thinfilm noted that its SpeedTap and OpenSense tag can be read using an NFC-enabled smartphone or device.

Once tapped, the tags wirelessly communicate with the cloud, enabling companies to connect directly with consumers to instantly deliver authentication messages, serial numbers, and other relevant content.

Prime Vision CEO Eddy Thans said: “For postal and parcel delivery services, providing confirmation to customers that a package has not been tampered with during transport can be a game changer.

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“But that capability is essentially non-existent in the industry today.

“With Thinfilm’s NFC technology, our postal and logistics customers will soon be able to track the exact route of delivery and instantly confirm, with the simple tap of a smartphone, that their package has not been opened.”

Owned by the Netherlands’ national postal operator PostNL, Prime Vision currently provides solutions for items in-transit and organisations operating in the postal, parcel, logistics and airport delivery sectors.

The company has also consulted on logistics innovation projects for national postal organisations such as Austria Post, Australia Post, PostNord, Swiss Post, and Slovenia Post.