Product authentication, e-pedigree compliance, returns and recalls, and product usage data form the basis of a partnership between brand protection company Authentix and One Network, a supply chain solutions provider.
The software-as-a-service offering, developed for pharmaceutical and food manufacturers, involves the marking of products with barcodes that are printed in inks containing covert nano-particles used for authentication. The solution permits users to locate and identify products anywhere in the supply chain, according to an announcement. It also aids in the tracking and monitoring of such information as expiration dates.
The partners claim that all parties will have "full supply chain visibility, so they will know the exact location and quantities of products anywhere in the supply chain network, and will also be able to verify that the products are authentic and safe for consumer use." The capabilities are offered as a service, reducing the need for users to operate and administrate their own tracking networks. It supports the FDA's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program as well as food safety programs.
- here's the announcement