An intelligent and interactive package can interact with people smartly, safely and friendly. It involves many technologies such as electronics, optics, biologic, magnetics and electro-mechanics. By combined with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), intelligent and interactive packaging technology has been an emerging and global research topic over the years.
In this thesis, a new technology, named Controlled Delamination Material (CDM), is introduced. It was primarily used in aerospace applications in the past and further developed by Stora Enso AB. A CDM product can delaminate easily in a controlled way by the use of electrical current. This concept opens up many interesting application possibilities for the traditional packaging industry. In order to understand the delamination mechanism, some related work on the electrochemical characteristics of the material showed the possibility to facilitate the interactive packaging system design.
A paper-based package which is integrated with RFID system and CDM is presented to realize an intelligent and interactive system. It can be opened automatically through a finger touch. The opening action is controlled electrically by RFID system. The test results of the demonstration have proved feasibility of the solution and shown the potential for mass production.
Following this solution, an interactive pharmaceutical package for pervasive healthcare is proposed by using EPCglobal Gen2 RFID technology. A Gen2 RFID system significantly increases the efficiency of information exchange, and reduces the medication error rate and the possibility of sale counterfeit drugs. It makes the medication accessible for patient only at the prescribed dose and time, and at the same time, the information for the action of taking medication will be delivered to the doctor as well. Such interactive pharmaceutical package not only gives unprecedented high patient compliance, but also improves the communication between patients and healthcare staffs.
By integrating WSN with various bio-chemical sensors, in addition to temperature and moisture sensors, more kinds of information can be involved in the intelligent and interactive packaging communication system. It enhances the functionalities of the package such as rotecting the integrity and effectiveness of product, providing safety information details, and being child resistance, senior friendliness
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2011. , xviii, 80 p.