Fraunhofer ISC & partner: SUPERSMART Anti Counterfeiting Label

Fraunhofer ISC

The demonstrators is realized in the frame of the SUPERSMART project by Fraunhofer ISC,Coatema , CEA Liten , University of Bordeaux, Joanneum Research, Arkema Piezotech & VTT.

The demonstrator consists of two paper based demonstrators realized in the frame of the SUPERSMART project. A shock detection active tag based on a piezo material to track product damage during transport and an anti counterfeiting label relying on an electrochromic display to authenticate medical or luxury products. The remarkable aspect is the use of up scaled materials and processes bridging the gap between academic research and commercial application achieving high TRL level as well as recyclability assessment of final products enabled by paper PCB paradigm.


Target Group

  • Packaging and label market
  • More generally the growing field of the Internet of Things


Printed Electronics Components

  • Printed conductive parts
  • Printed interconnection
  • Printed antenna
  • Printed sensor
  • Capacitive electrode
  • Printed electrochromic display
  • Printed piezo elements
  • Printed dielectric insulator
  • Printable paper

Degree of Innovation

The degree of innovation is high since it combines two different approaches: to leverage the high TRL level of materials and components to 7-9 and to adapt printed components on paper by high-throughput processes. Thus, the project is a breakthrough for commercialization of paper electronics. The identification of suitable materials, the increase of quality of materials used and the robustness of used processes are realized by special know-how built up in the project.

Attractiveness of Product

The product is attractive since it can be integrated in numerous commodity items. An anti-counterfeit tag integrated in a label for expensive goods helps the European industry to protect itself against fraud. Large area Shock detection integrated in packaging or other paper based elements will help to protect sensitive products and to trace unforeseen events. Finally these printed elements can be used for security documents and provides more intelligence to simple products, at a low-cost but in a reliable way.
Exchanging organic or inorganic substrate by paper will simplify recycling processes and reduce waste generation both, during processing and at the end-of-life of the product.
The demonstration of smart paper will also create innovations in completely different areas such as educational products, membranes and filters or security features.

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