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Amcor Uses NFC RFID For S.M.R.T Pill Dispenser
- Nov 22, 2016 -

Amcor Uses NFC RFID for S.M.R.T Pill Dispenser

Amcor Rigid Plastics, a division of Australia-based packaging company Amcor, has announced the release of an RFID-integrated pill-dispensing solution. The battery-powered system, known as the "S.M.R.T Bottle" (the initials stand for separate, monitor, release and track), has a clock-calendar function that registers and stores the time, date and number of each dose taken. Smartphones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality can then read, display and transmit the information.
The system contains a passive RFID tag made with an NTAG chip produced by NXP Semiconductors. Amcor collaborated with Netherlands-based Confrérie Clinique, which specializes in smart medical packaging, to develop a new system designed to help ensure user and child safety, as well as drug compliance. Greg Rosati, Amcor's marketing director for health care, says this is his firm's first commercial RFID-enabled product, though others are currently in the process of being developed.

The S.M.R.T. RFID-integrated pill-dispensing system counts the number of pills entering or leaving a bottle, and also monitors the container's temperature.

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