GR Firm Gets Patent For RFID Packaging

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids radio frequency identification technology developer eAgile Inc. said Tuesday that it had been awarded United States patent for the company’s eSeal RFID-enabled packaging system.

The company says the eSeal system solves many of the underlying concerns surrounding the nearly one trillion containers consumed annually by the medical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries. These industries require visibility throughout the distribution process to combat counterfeiting and product tampering.

“Our team has created a breakthrough solution to secure the supply chain,” said eAgile CEO Gary Burns. “The demand for intelligent packaging continues to rise, especially in the pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drug markets. Consumers and governments are demanding proof of safe and authentic products. Our RFID-enabled caps and shrink seals allow manufacturers to achieve compliance while protecting the integrity of their brand.”

The eSeal system offers these benefits:
* Security. eSeal verifies the contents of sealed containers and cartons to ensure the product is genuine, not part of a recall, within the expiration date and has not been tampered with.
* Visibility. Every eSeal tagged item bears its own secure and unique ID for e-pedigree or regulatory compliance and can be individually tracked throughout distribution with a location and time stamp.
* Simplification. eSeal closures and shrink seals are designed to replace current packaging and can be introduced with minimal disruption.

“We now have a complete end-to-end solution that also secures the chain of custody from manufacturer to customer,” said eAglie persident Peter Phaneuf. “As RFID devices become more prevalent, product-specific safety information will be provided directly to consumers at the point of purchase, in real time, using their smartphones.”

More at www.eAgile.com.

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