Even in the period of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Internet, paper is highly qualified for substantial growth as an information carrier. Paper often represents the substrate for barcodes or magnetic stripes, or paper contains a transponder (Chip and antenna) to store and transmit data. To combine and surpass the advantages of barcode and magnetic stripe, this wireless and contactless technology does not need line of sight. In an electromagnetic field (Air Interface) the data are captured directly from the objects without people being involved. The combination of paper and radio transmission offers a number of attractive opportunities in the field of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for people and objects and leads to a future high volume market for environmentally friendly disposable electronic systems.
The manufacturing of these identification elements requires knowledge in paper converting, paper finishing and also fundamental physical experience and process technology skills to guarantee a dependable performance of Smart Paper in the overall system integration. Smart Labels and Smart Tickets are the electronic successors of barcoded labels and magnetic stripe tickets. The economical benefit and the industrial adoption of Smart Paper depend on a worldwide standard in design and manufacturing within the complete value chain from chip to the end product. The Qualified Manufacturing Process is bielomatik's contribution to establish a technology for a Smart Future.