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World's first disposable paperboard computer

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June 4, 2004

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Swedish technology company Cypak has created the world's first disposable paperboard computer by integrating innovative microelectronics and printable sensors into paperboard. The paperboard computer will be seen for the first time in the form of intelligent pharmaceutical packaging and secure courier packaging at CeBIT 2004 in Germany (18-24 March, 2004).

'We transform static objects into secure data collection devices,' said Stina Ehrensv'rd, the Marketing Director and founder of Cypak.

'Our Intelligent pharmaceutical packaging and secure courier packaging are just two examples where industry leaders have seen the potential benefits and implemented our enabling technology.'

Microelectronics and sensors integrated into paper

The Cypak paperboard computer is not a PC, but it still matches the definition of a computer as it can collect, process and exchange several pages of encrypted data.

The product is enabled by Cypak S2C technology, a new RFID (Radio frequency Identification) technology, bringing new functionality and security to a lower cost than current definition.

The technology is based on a small chip-based electronic module and printable sensors which can be integrated into a vast range of material and products, such as: packaging, plastic cards, adhesive, etc., to monitor the objects and collect time-tagged data.

Placed on a simple reader connected to a PC, the computerized object can instantly and automatically exchange highly secured data over the Internet.

Cypak technology OEM-components can be integrated into most objects from 1 USD. OEM-components for readers using Cypak RFID are available from 1 USD in high volume quantity.

Intelligent Pharmaceutical Packaging (IPP)


By integrating Cypak technology into paperboard packaging, Cypak has created the Intelligent Pharmaceutical Packaging, to support data collection in clinical trials.

The IPP automatically records each dosage event with a time stamp. If required, it can also be designed with an integrated, electronic patient diary and sound signal reminders. The IPP increases data quality and supports the overall IT-automation efforts in the development of new pharmaceuticals, enabling secure data flow from individual dosage to analysis database.

The IPP is in commercial use with patients in Swedish Healthcare today, and has recently been licensed to the world leading packaging company Meadwestvaco for the American market.

'We are excited about Cypak's technology and the opportunity it represents to capture time critical data by the patient and expand our portfolio of compliance packaging solutions,' explains Lou Cosentino, Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for MeadWestvaco Healthcare Packaging.

Secure courier packaging

Integrating Cypak technology into courier packaging has created SecurePak, featuring electronic data storage, and tamper and damage detection. The SecurePak provides the receiver with digital information of sender, package content, designated receiver and any possible tampering events - all before the package is opened.

The SecurePak is developed in cooperation with the Swedish Postal Service (Posten)

'We are impressed by Cypak's technology and will use it for tracking tampering and damage of parcels in the logistic chain' Says Thord Axelsson, Chief Security Officer for Posten.

Evaluation kits with working samples of Cypak reference designs are available to order at www.cypak.com, at the price of Euro 500.

About Cypak

Cypak is a Swedish technology innovator making objects smart, secure and connected. Core technologies include the efficient integration of microelectronics and sensors into disposable materials, a new contact-less data transfer technology and security solutions to guarantee authenticity and integrity. Up-to-date technology has enabled the world's first disposable and intelligent pharmaceutical packaging, courier packaging with tamper detection and contact-less smart cards with an integrated PIN pad. Cypak's business is to license technology and provide components to simplify and secure the process of collecting, managing and transferring sensitive data.

Cypak website: www.cypak.com

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