Xerox develops printed memory labels

Xerox has developed two printed electronic labels that can collect and store information about the authenticity and condition of products. The basic label can hold up to 36 bits of rewritable memory which can store up to 68 billion points of data. The labels, for example, can be used to determine if a product is genuine and to track how it’s been handled during distribution.

There’s also a version with cryptographic security developed at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). This includes a unique, encrypted printed code (such as a QR bar code) which can be read through an app on a smartphone and offers a much higher level of protection for high value items or pharmaceuticals.

This follows an agreement last December where Xerox licensed proprietary printed memory technology, from a Norwegian company, Thin Film Electronics ASA, which PARC has worked with for several years. The Printed Memory labels will be produced at Xerox’s Webster plant in New York.

Steve Simpson, Xerox vice president responsible for Xerox Printed Memory, commented: “Our printed memory products provide a cost efficient, highly secure method of authenticating and verifying information about a product as it moves through various distribution channels or as it is used.”


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