What are Smart Posters?

 HIP5987 - Version 2smallNFC enabled Smart Poster Smart Posters are signs, billboards, or any other form of physical advertising which enable companies to reach their target audience through the use of modern technology. By incorporating a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag in an object, users can extract data simply by touching it with their NFC-enabled handset, as illustrated in the image. The data can be anything from simple text to links to video and audio content.

What is NFC? Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short range (distance of a few centimetres) contactless radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that makes use of magnetic fields instead of the typical direct radio transmissions used by technologies such as Bluetooth. It is intended for application's where a physical touch (or very close to it) is required in order to establish connectivity .

Interactive Touch Screen with NFC and QR Codes

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A touchscreen is an electronic visual display that can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area. The term generally refers to touching the display of the device with a finger or hand. Touchscreens can also sense other passive objects, such as a stylus and are common in devices such as game consoles, all-in-one computers, tablet computers, and smartphones.

The Demonstration Centre illustrates how Quick Response (QR) codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) tags can provide an interactive capability to access information such as timetables, price lists and appointment information.  The touchscreen also includes capabilities to administer bookings, payments or requests for information. 

Smart Shelves enabled with RFID

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The Smart-Shelf (or wireless inventory control system) uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to allow tracking of books, publications and folders in libraries or archiving departments .  Items are individually tagged with RFID labels which are then linked to a database, making them easily retrievable.

The Demonstration Centre shows how books, publications and documents can be tagged, using barcodes, RFID Tags or a combination of both.  By using RFID readers and barcode scanners, staff can trace the item location on shelves and identify misplaced items.  The application can be extended to include searching for relevant items more effectively, thereby minimising time spent by staff  managing paperwork, conducting searches and checks and reducing human error. 

Pharmacy Authentication System with AIDC

pharmaceutical authenticationpharmaceutical authenticationThe use of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies in a pharmacy environment can demonstrate how stock levels can be monitored and how stock authentication and pharmaceutical distribution processes can be improved.

The Demonstration Centre shows how further uses of AIDC technologies can benefit patients and customers alike, for example,  using a Quick Response (QR) code to remind patients to take their medicines by setting an automatic reminder in their calendar on their mobile phone.


Supermarket Checkout

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The Supermarket Checkout demonstrates how shopping of the future could be streamlined through the application of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies.  Smart shelves, RFID tags on items and contactless payment showcases how retail outlets can improve their processes by making them more efficient.



The Demonstration Centre showcases three areas for “shopping of the future”.  Smart-Shelves demonstrate stock availability by the use of individual item level tagging with RFID labels.  Goods, when placed into a shopping trolley are then automatically read by scanners at the checkout, before “contactless payment” is made using NFC enabled debit cards.

How to enable Food Traceability

 Farm 2 Fork Farm 2 Fork The Farm2Fork (F2F) traceability project is a sister project to NTAILS which showcases Barcodes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Sensor technologies to SMEs in the food and drink industry and is used to identify and trace information along the whole supply chain.


The F2F project demonstrates the use of RFID at all stages of the production and sales chain, enabling products to be tracked and analysed across Europe from the producer (Farm) to the end consumer (Fork), by using a range of technologies such as temperature and humidity sensors (conditioning monitoring), resuable RFID tags and GPS to provide item level traceability on food produce.


Document tracking system using RFID

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This demonstrates how documents can be effectively and quickly identified with the smart use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).  The aim is to show how RFID technology can be integrated into important documents and improve organisational processes.


Our demonstrator includes several sample documents which have RFID tags and barcodes attached to them.  When the documents are placed into the ‘reader tray’, the documents are displayed on a monitor (for demonstration purposes), enabling the user to visually see on the screen which documents are in the tray.  From here, it is possible to search for a specific document by keyword, or simply browse all of the documents and track.


Warehouse Management Using Automatic Tracking

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The warehouse management set demonstrates how it is possible to effectively integrate and use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled applications to asset track items during the various steps of the distribution cycle.



This application demonstrates how it is possible to:

  • Use "intelligent pallets" during the shipping and delivery of items, to speed up registration/decommissioning of orders and to reduce human error; using rfid tags.
  • Introduce "smart-shelves" to keep track of the items displayed and to maintain stock levels; inventory data can be refreshed in real time by readers embedded in the shelves and this information can be sent to everyone in the supply chain: retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.
  • Use automatic check-in/checkout facilities


The NTAILS project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund