The technological research centre of Guala Closures Group, GCL Technologies, in partnership with NXP Semiconductors have presented the industry's first fully-integrated, mass-scalable, near-field communication (NFC) tamper-evident closure solution dedicated to the wine and spirits industry. The new solution will be part of Guala Closures' 'internet of closures' (IoC) smart family products, which feature NFC tamper-evident closures to protect brands and enable advanced anti-counterfeiting and tamper-proofing.
Additionally, brand-owners can have direct engagement with consumers. With a simple tap, consumers can learn more about the beverage in question, such as its provenance, a cocktail recipe or reviews, and, after opening, can extend the dialogue to access exclusive VIP offers, loyalty rewards and more.
"We are pleased with our collaboration with NXP and are proud of this achievement. Our 'internet of closures' platform - a dedicated and optimised internet of things platform - will allow spirits and wine brand owners to control their product life and interact with consumers in a newly conceived way," says Piero Cavigliasso, group innovation technology director at Guala Closures.
"Anti-counterfeiting has been an important focus since the beginning of Guala history, and the opportunity given by NFC and IoT technologies will bring us into a new era."
The demand for smart, IoT connected consumer products is increasing dynamically. By 2026, at least 5.5 billion wine and spirit closures are said to be enabled to interact automatically via the internet. This collaboration focuses on the next steps, by adding innovative security features and making tags suitable for in-demand use cases, such as secure authentication and proof of non-tamper.
The innovative NFC closure is powered by Tag Tamper technology. Tag Tamper features an ECC-based originality signature (including an option for a brand-unique signature), tamper detection with once-opened status, current status awareness for dual-state applications and unique on-chip URL creation. Detection of an unauthorised product opening is made possible using a simple tap of any mobile NFC device with no application needed. On top of the advanced closure safety, this innovative solution will provide a unique communication platform for brand clients to connect and engage with their consumers at the point of purchase and use, such as product info, geolocalisation, social platforms and ecommerce.
Guala Closures Group is the worldwide leader in the production of closures for wine and spirits with 14 billion closures produced every year thanks to its international presence with 26 plants in 20 countries. The group has more than 4,000 employees, five R&D centres, in Italy, the UK, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Mexico, and one group technology centre in Luxembourg.