Any good brand aspires to deliver its best to its customer. In the beginning, the e-commerce industry was facing numerous challenges surrounding unsatisfactory product deliveries. Through time, e-commerce giants are now taking quality assurance measures throughout manufacturing, packaging, and logistics. Manually verifying and testing all the product delivery is a tedious job that requires a high headcount and associated resource compensations. All of these costs eventually reflect higher product costs or end up in low build quality of the product.
It’s about time that technological implementations assist manufacturers in solving this riddle. Especially now, the Internet of Things has matured in the way of its performance in each industry, making it a viable approach to track and monitor the supply chain. NXP foresaw this scope of improvement and came up with an NFC tag that exclusively addresses the issue of tampering.
How Do Classic Tamper Tags Work?
Tamper tags have been around for a while now, but there are still many more improvements taking place in these tags. In the beginning, the tamper tags were built on a straightforward concept. In those tags, NFC antennas are coils of wire, so when someone would remove the tag, then they would break this wire, and the NFC tag would stop functioning. Brands would creatively use this concept as per their products. There are different ways to identify various types of tampering by breaking the antenna. There is an ambiguity in this case that the user may not be able to determine why the tag is not working. Either the tag was malfunctioning from the start, or the tag stopped working randomly, or the tag was tampered with.
How Does NXP’s NTAG213 / NTAG424 TT work?
NXP came up with a brilliant yet straightforward upgrade to tamper tags in terms of NTAG213 TT and NTAG424 TT. These RFID label have a different design than the traditional labels. These labels have two loops of wire instead of one. The additional wire is the one that would now break while the primary one is perfectly intact. As such, tampering would not stop the tag from working; instead, the user will be able to scan and know if it is tampered with. Previous tamper tags did not provide this clarity.
Moreover, the previous tags could only be used in certain design limitations associated with antenna tuning. As such, there were only a few ways to break the antenna for different applications. However, with NTAG213 and NTAG424 tags, the antenna is different from the tamper loop, allowing any design modifications to the loop while the antenna is tuned just like another standard NFC tag.
Future Of Tamper Tags
Tamper tags could work like a charm as consumers would definitely appreciate secure and intact deliveries. Plus, these tags are affordable and straightforward to use. Manufacturers can simply place a tag on the box package or a lid opening to identify any attempts to open the tags. This ease of implementation makes Tamper Tags a long-lasting idea. In the future, undoubtedly, there will be more such innovations and executions into tamper tags to ensure customers receive their valuables safely.
Ntag®424 DNA TagTamper provide AES-128 cryptographic operation and offers several features to protect brands and enable advanced anti-counterfeiting as well as tamper-proofing. Furthermore, it lets brand owners have a direct engagement with consumers.
Ntag®213 TagTamper offers several features to protect brands and enable advanced anti-counterfeiting as well as tamper-proofing. Furthermore, it lets brand owners have a direct engagement with consumers.