Israeli company Power Paper is developing a radio frequency identification (RFID) label that can support sensors for monitoring the pharmaceutical supply chain, according to UK packaging consultancy Pira.
The labels will comprise an RFID chip, antenna, sensor and Power Paper's printed battery cell technology. Depending on the sensors they will be able to monitor conditions such as temperature and humidity, which could make them particularly interesting for manufacturers of temperature-sensitive goods, including pharmaceuticals.
The labels, which are to be called PowerID Plus, will be ready for production sometime during the first quarter of 2005.
Pira notes that depending on order levels, the labels will cost between $0.80 (€0.65) and $2. The company already produces PowerID labels, which are battery-assisted backscatter RFID devices. These cost between $0.40 and $1.
Meanwhile, Power Paper is developing an RFID label that will be made entirely from printable organic carbon-based materials, from the antenna and battery to the chip itself. The company is basing this work on the BiStatix technology it has licensed from Motorola.
Power Paper intends to sell these devices for $0.05 or less when it launches them in 2006. The Israeli company thinks it should have prototypes capable of being tested in demonstrations for potential users in the next 12-18 months.