Winner European Innovation Product Award
Brussels, Belgium, Dec 7, 2017.
The PING Consortium is
delighted to be selected as winner of the Innovation Product Award today
at the European Forum for Electronics Components and Systems (EFECS
2017). This award recognises 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 following video:
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
“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”.
About Van Genechten Packaging
Genechten Packaging is an independent industrial group with its
headquarters in Turnhout, Belgium. It consists of 10 folding carton
factories in 7 countries, leading the European consumer goods industry
with offset printed folding cartons, microflute and other packaging
solutions. With an annual turnover over € 260 million, the group
converts more than 200,000 tons of cardboard each year and employs 1,600
Trusted by blue-chip companies and multi-awarded by
industry specialists, Van Genechten Packaging is widely known for both
pushing and setting standards in tailor-made folding carton packaging
solutions that drive business, while being sustainable and innovative on
Van Genechten Packaging takes on multiple roles in
the PING project; such as developing the physical product packaging,
embedding the PING technology and producing and distributing the
PING-enabled Smart packaging to its customers, being global FMCG brand
Chief Commercial Officer
Phone: +32 14 40 36 40
is Latin for “Cards of the World”, with a history dating back to 1765,
Cartamundi is today the World’s leading manufacturer of card and board
games. With a network of owned sales offices, 11 state-of-the-art
manufacturing plants and over 2,200 employees, Cartamundi is well
positioned to continue its growth with 2016 revenues of € 387M and
market penetration of 45%. Cartamundi’s portfolio includes well known
board games such as Monopoly® and Trivial Pursuit® as well as a wide
variety of playing cards for both the retail and casino markets.
is headquartered in Turnhout, Belgium; with factories around the world,
including Japan, India, Europe, USA and Brazil.
Marco van Haaften
International Marketing Director
Phone: + 32 14 42 02 01
is a leading vendor of RFID products and IoT solutions, providing both
ready-made and customized offerings. We make products smart, and enable
businesses to identify, authenticate, track and complement product
offerings. Our portfolio is used in a wide array of applications, such
as animal identification, automation, automotive, brand product
manufacturers, industry, library and media management, laundry,
logistics, retail, supply chain management, and many more. Leveraging
our global Research & Development Centers, production and sales
network, and cloud-based solutions suite Smart Cosmos, we embed
intelligence into physical products, empowering the ecosystem of
connected things. Smartrac has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.smartrac-group.com, www.smart-cosmos.com, follow Smartrac on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMARTRAC_NV, or click here to sign up for a quarterly newsletter.
Smartrac Technology Group
Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
Phone: +31 203 050 150
is a world leader in ultra low cost flexible electronics, enabling the
potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers
and their environments. Its unique technology platform delivers flexible
integrated circuits (FlexICs) that are thinner than a human hair and
can be easily embedded in any surface.
provide the opportunity to add new functionality to items, as well as
extending proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass-market use
cases that were previously prohibited by the cost of traditional silicon
ICs. PragmatIC’s novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a
growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including
consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security sectors.
PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with a new billion-unit
production facility in Sedgefield ramping up in 2018. For more
information please visit www.pragmatic.tech.
Phone: +44 208 408 8000
is a world leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and
digital technology, that uniquely combines widely acclaimed leadership
in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise.
Leveraging a global ecosystem of partners, imec creates ground breaking
innovations in application domains including, healthcare, smart cities,
mobility, logistics, manufacturing, energy and education.
is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and brings together in the order
of 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 countries including, Netherlands,
Taiwan, USA, China, India and Japan.
Phone: +32 16 28 17 69 / +32 486 06 51 75
has some 3000 professionals who put their knowledge and experience to
work in creating smart solutions to complex issues. These innovations
help to sustainably strengthen industrial competitiveness and social
wellbeing. We are partnered by some 3000 companies and organizations,
including SMEs, in the Netherlands and around the world.
For more information about TNO and the five societal themes that are the focus of our work, go to www.tno.nl
Steffie van de Vorstenbosch
Phone: +31 40 20 650