Nancy March 14, 2018
Jones Packaging, a company in London, Ontario, Canada, recently introduced a convenient “smart package” of drugs. It changes the traditional way that people buy drugs, especially over-the-counter drugs through the introduction of interactive “smart labels”. User can easily understand drug information and see if it works by smart phone.
Supported by the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and the Swedish National Innovation Agency, Jones Packaging Corporation has jointly developed with the Thin Film Electronics Association of Norway and Sweden to obtain this technical results.
With the development of technology, clients need to make digital interaction with manufacturers by new smart package to gain the information they demand. To manufacturers, this technology offers a lot of opportunities for manufacturer to know the demands of clients. It also can offer coupons for clients and load advertisements in the related products. Its built-in sensors and tracking devices also enable consumers, healthcare workers, and manufacturers to understand whether the product packaging has been tampered with during shipment. This is particularly applicable to high-priced drugs or luxury goods such as cosmetics, perfumes, or alcohol, which can effectively prevent the risk of counterfeit products.
Previously used near field communication (NFC) labels can only rely on manual production of 100 per hour, and can not complete online verification. Currently, Jones Packaging’s equipments can produce 15,000 medicine kits with OpenSense NFC labels per hour, which is a huge technological leap that can surpass other competitors.