Resitively Encoded Materials for Secure Carton Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC050109
Agency Tracking Number: 0511235
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: H-SB05.1-006
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue, Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marthinus Van Schoor
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution
The proposed development is an innovative resistively encoded material used either as a layer in a carton box or as a layer in packaging tape. The innovation uses a number of conductive strips, which are randomly conductively connected to form a unique material that can be used to secure cartons and packages. Interrogation of the resistance between the strips allows an electronic ¿signature¿ to be obtained that is unique to the carton and or tape. This unique identification signature will be compressed, encoded and added as a barcode to the package. Any attempts to open or breach the package will change the strip to strip resistances, thus changing the identification signature, which allows security personnel to quickly identify tampered packages. The ¿signature¿ may be monitored and transmitted though RFID technology to a monitor placed inside an ISO inter-modal shipping container. This will allow continuous monitoring of carton containers inside a shipping container. A low cost solution that will protect carton containers against tampering has a huge commercial opportunity. The ¿encoded¿ layer may be easily integrated into cartons or packaging tapes. The cost of these products will be marginally increased, thus facilitating wide acceptance from fabricators, distributors and users.

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