NXP adds real-time NFC authentication and sensing products

Targeting the healthcare supply chain and retail services, NXP has unveiled products that capitalise on the inherent security and interactive capabilities of near field communication (NFC) for advanced product authentication and integrity assurance across consumer goods, healthcare and retail industries.

It has added security features to its NFC NTags, and made them more robust for use in proximity-based authentication and integrity protection. NXP has also expanded support for every relevant operating environment, whether online, offline, with or without a smartphone application.

Counterfeit products, improper product handling and counterfeit transactions are combatted with NXP’s new devices, which work without a dedicated application.

The NTAG 413 DNA (pictured) enables cryptographic authentication with Secure Unique NFC (SUN), which generates a secure one-time authentication code each time the tag is tapped by an NFC-enabled mobile device. Brand manufacturers and other organisations can now use multi-layered security to enable a range of trusted services, such as advanced anti-counterfeiting, unique user experiences, protected monetary offers, verified physical tag presence and authenticated documents.  

NTAG 213 Tag Tamper features a digital signature and tamper-evident feature. Tamper-evident NFC tags can be placed on a product’s label, seal, closure or container, and information can be accessed with a tap of any mobile NFC device. It can also be used for brands to engage consumers with relevant messages prompted by real-time product status. 

NXP NTAG SmartSensor devices, NHS3100 and NHS3152 are single-chip, integrated devices that require minimal external components and can be designed to create NFC sensing and logging applications. They are optimised for temperature monitoring in cold chain logistics, such as the transportation of cryogenic containers, as well as shipments of meat or produce, for example. NXP NTAG SmartSensor devices can be applied to enhance patient and medicine adherence. Integrated in smart drug delivery devices, such as pill blister packs, bottles, injection pens, inhalers or syringes, they can be combined with a smartphone application to provide patients and their caregivers with reminders and stimuli to follow drug intake prescriptions. 

NXP’s NTAG I²C plus Arduino pinout kit simplifies the development of connected tags by interfacing with development platforms based on Kinetis, i.MX, UDOO Neo and QorIQ. The kit is suited to secure dynamic pairing with mobile devices, protocol agnostics and secure out-of-band commissioning for long-range connectivity technologies, and zero power configuration with mobile phones for industrial environments. Software support, including a Bluetooth pairing example is available through the Kinetis Expert tool.



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