What Are Industry 4.0 Smart Labels?

Smart labels are not new. Plenty of companies have been using them to prove that their products are authentic and responsibly-sourced. With a single scan of your smartphone, smart labels will tell you exactly where, when, and how these products were made. Although designed to provide truth and transparency, regular smart labels face one crucial problem: Counterfeiters can easily copy them.

Fortunately, Industry 4.0 smart labels can solve this problem.

Unlike an ordinary label that can be mass duplicated, smart labels within Industry 4.0 are verified on the blockchain.

The blockchain is a decentralized system of recording information. Because it is decentralized, there is no central point of failure. It is also immutable, meaning information recorded on the system can never be changed.

What makes Industry 4.0 smart labels stronger is that it has a digital identity or a "digital twin." The digital twin is a new type of file format. MP3, png, and jpeg are common file formats known for being easy to copy. But this isn’t the case with a digital twin. Industry 4.0 smart labels are digitally unique, like fingerprints, and provide the infrastructure to transfer the digital twin. The ability to accept the digital twin is the final confirmation to complete product verification. It's like Google Authenticator with a QR code or NFC tag.  

With a single scan, you can verify that your purchases are authentic and even declare digital ownership. This way, even if the physical product is stolen and resold, its digital identity will alert the potential buyer that it is a stolen product.

Industry 4.0 smart labels can also work the opposite way. If someone wants to sell a product in the secondary market, they won't have to keep convincing buyers that the item is only a week old. This fact and the rest of the item's information are all packed in the digital twin.

With this decentralized technology in place, there will no longer be any speculation as the blockchain can trace and prove a product's origin or ownership.

If you would like to demo industry 4.0 smart labels, every product at realitems.shop comes with one.  

Responsible Supply Chain Management

Supply chains that are prepared for the future understand transparency is more than a buzzword; it's a way of doing business responsibly. Industry 4.0 technology can lend a hand in product transparency and expedite specific processes involved in the supply chain.

The most significant advantage for suppliers is inventory management. Instead of relabeling every product as it comes in, enterprises only have to scan a smart label to ensure its identity and phase in the product life cycle. With that type of certainty, the supply chain can move faster.

When it comes to mismatched records, industry 4.0 smart labels can also protect against unwarranted liability down the supply chain. Instead of taking hours investigating records to pinpoint specific areas in the supply chain where a product was mishandled, the technology can narrow it down within seconds. Since the information is immutable, there is more accountability, and stakeholders are incentivized to avoid errors to avoid liability.

In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, industry 4.0 smart labels also help with waste optimization. Since it tracks down materials from their origin to the end of their product life cycle, enterprises can identify products nearing their expiration and recycle them rather than dispose of them in landfills. Instead of throwing away food that's about to expire, companies can use it as fuel for another asset. 

In a nutshell, the added traceability can help predetermine where things should be going and how they can be used as they arrive at their destinations. There is no longer any second-guessing with industry 4.0 smart labels–just pure, data-driven decisions.

Real Items Company takes industry 4.0 smart labels to another level of security by using a two-factor authentication system. After scanning the smart label, customers then input a one-time PIN to take digital ownership of the product. Security, authenticity, and traceability are packed in every smart label. 


Real Items industry 4.0 smart label QR code type. Tag includes a one-time pin for two-factor authentication.


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