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Smart papers with embedded RFID tags open up a new door for smart printing

ISBC and Sappi have collaborated to present an innovative new smart paper with embedded RFID chips. The chips are embedded into the paper sheets causing no effect over the paper surface – it remains flat and smooth.

"Printed electronics are decidedly on the move. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is no longer a niche technology. It is already being used to great effect in many areas of everyday life: in our passports, ID cards and travel cards, clothes, library books, and much more. The vast scale and intricacy of the RFID market also offer new opportunities for the printing industry. "

"With this in mind, ISBC from Singapore has developed and presented on the market an innovative product: ISBC RFID Paper. The product is sheet-fed and made with 100% fiber-based Swiss Matt paper substrate from specialty paper manufacturer Sappi. The smart RFID Paper supplier was looking for an alternative to plastic for smart printing and Sappi’s Swiss Matt paper – used mostly as an inkjet paper for large-format printing – was settled on due to its white surface, print results, and scratch- and water resistance. The companies also report that the product is as easy to print as a regular sheet of paper, reportedly making it a cost-efficient solution for printers."

"Another advantage of the ‘sandwich product’ is that it can be printed with various kinds of printing techniques and machines – therefore eliminating costly in-house development work and avoiding investments in new equipment, software, and business processes. The desired information can simply be transferred to the paper-embedded RFID chip: for the encoding process, ISBC has developed a special encoding machine and training materials. ISBC RFID Paper line made from Swiss Matt is used mainly for business cards, postcards, stickers, promotional flyers, POS materials, access & loyalty cards, brand protection labels, diplomas among many other applications."

"In terms of resource conservation and environmental protection, RFID Paper delivers significant advantages over conventional plastic tags. Ivan Demidov, ISBC founder, and inventor says: “Our patented technology is unique on the market. It offers end-users a PVC-free, more sustainable, and future-proof option.” Paper-based RFID tags reduce waste both during production and at the end of the product’s lifecycle. Printing processes also consume less energy and resources, which leads to a reduced carbon footprint for forward-looking, sustainability-conscious B2B and B2C companies."

"ISBC RFID Paper is suitable for a wide range of applications in numerous industries. Specifically, it can be used for contactless tickets on buses, trains, trams, and other means of transportation, as well as for prepaid cards and gift cards, business cards, and access control, including key cards for hotel rooms, ski passes, or admission wristbands for events and trade fairs. The paper-based sensors and labels can also be integrated into diplomas and other certificates to verify document authenticity. Conventional postcards can also be enhanced by integrating an RFID tag with interactive URLs."



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