The PING project has been acknowledged by the European Commission as one of the most innovative FP7 / H2020 projects in the area of Electronic Components and Systems. The project received an Innovation Award on 7 December 2017 in Brussels in the context of the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems - EFECS2017.
The award, given at EFECS2017, highlights outstanding innovation amongst the projects that have received funding from the European Union Research & Innovation Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme 7 (FP7) support programmes. It was received by representatives of the PING Consortium, who were delighted to be selected as winner of the Innovation Award, recognizing that the PING project paves the way for trillions of interactive objects that will expand the Internet of Things to the mass market.
PING (Printed Intelligent NFC Game Cards and Packaging) is part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme with a goal to enable commercially viable production of smart printed objects. The consortium is composed of six market leaders: PragmatIC, imec and TNO focused on the development of ultra-thin, flexible and low-cost Integrated Circuits (ICs); Smartrac contributed its expertise in antenna design; Cartamundi and Van Genechten Packaging defined the target market applications and established manufacturing processes to integrate the electronics into existing high volume production lines.
The award has been given to the smart game card and smart packaging concepts produced under PING, which use Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) embedded within the products to enable them to communicate with a dedicated reader to enhance the user or consumer experience as explained in the video below.
Jeroen Lybaert, Chief Commercial Officer at Van Genechten Packaging states: “As Europe’s leading independent packaging innovator we continuously invest in the future of consumer goods. We believe in a connected future for all product packaging. PING unlocks the path to ultra-low cost Smart Packaging.”
“By adding the extra digital dimension, we are able to enable a wide range of exciting new interactive card and board games,” said Steven Nietvelt, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Cartamundi. “In an ever more connected world, consumers expect to blend the real and on-line experiences and this consortium has developed the way to deliver that to our customers”.