Smart Labels Set to See Wide Scale Use

A new report estimates 581 million smart labels will be shipped in 2028

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

March 27, 2023

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Developments to smart label design and the connectivity solutions behind them are driving adoption across industries, as the solutions become cheaper and easier to deploy.

A new report from ABI Research says the smart label industry is set for a boom, as  the asset tracking and supply chain transparency devices are shifting from the design phase to commercial deployment. 

“Over the past 15 years, the printed electronics market for asset tracking has been driven by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID),” said Tancred Taylor, ABI industry analyst. “This will continue to remain a dominant technology, but the evolution of low-power IoT technologies from Bluetooth all the way through to cellular and non-cellular LPWAN technologies is making possible the creation of RF labels with enhanced capabilities.”

Smart labels have potential applications across a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing and logistics, agricultural and health care – to name a few. 

“Smart labels are already evolving in numerous directions from features and form-factor perspectives, which will entirely change how enterprises gather data on their assets, which will be the greatest driver of value,” said Taylor.

“The key is for companies to target the right use cases, to understand how smart labels will function alongside the rest of IoT, and to position themselves actively within the value chain to take advantage of this fast-developing market.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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