PragmatIC and De La Rue demonstrate wireless-powered security labels


PragmatIC Printing Ltd, the pioneer in imprinted logic circuits, and De La Rue plc, the world’s largest integrated commercial security printer and papermaker, today announced their progress in prototyping printed electronic security products.

Enables unique products for brand protection and anti-counterfeiting


Codenamed project “RAIL” (Remotely Activated Interactive Labels), the £600,000 development is supported by a grant from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.

PragmatIC and De La Rue have completed prototypes of a range of concepts applicable to security printing markets, following the broad premise of a visual feature (a light or logo) that is triggered by consumer interaction.

No battery is required; power is harvested wirelessly from a standard RFID (radio frequency identification) or NFC (near field communications) reader. Such readers are quickly becoming widespread, for example in contactless retail payment systems or integrated into latest generation mobile phones.

This means the labels can be extremely flexible and thin (around 50 microns), and are also compatible with conventional hot lamination processes.

Philip Cooper, Head of Ideas at De La Rue stated: “PragmatIC’s unique imprint-based approach to printed electronics is not only able to deliver potentially exciting new security features, but is also a natural complement to other security printing technologies such as holographic embossing.”

“Working closely with De La Rue has allowed us to focus on the key functional and form factor requirements for the security printing market,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of PragmatIC Printing Ltd. “We look forward to helping drive these concepts towards commercial reality.”

PragmatIC will demonstrate the prototypes and present further details at the Tax Stamp Forum in Washington, DC on 12th–14th September 2011.

About PragmatIC Printing Ltd:

PragmatIC Printing enables printed logic circuits that introduce intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of products and applications, in form factors that are not possible using silicon chips. In 2010, PragmatIC acquired the printed electronics business of Nano ePrint Ltd, including its patented technology for planar nano-electronic devices that can uniquely be fabricated in a single layer of semiconductor via single-step imprint patterning. PragmatIC has extended this proven imprinting process to allow a full range of device and circuit architectures to be printed in transparent, flexible semiconductors at micron and sub-micron scale. For further information please visit

About De La Rue plc:

De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial security printer and papermaker, involved in the production of over 150 national currencies and a wide range of security documents such as passports, authentication labels and fiscal stamps. The company is a leading provider of cash sorting equipment and software solutions to Central Banks, helping them to reduce the cost of handling cash. De La Rue also pioneers new technologies in government identity solutions for national identification, driver’s licence and passport issuing schemes. De La Rue employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For further information please visit



PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. Our unique technology platform enables innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are beyond the scope of conventional electronics. Our ConnectIC® family of flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) are thinner than a human hair and extend proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass market use cases, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Our novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security. Alternatively, designers can create their own application-specific flexible devices using our FlexIC Foundry™ offering at a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional silicon circuits, opening up multiple new markets beyond RFID. These FlexICs are manufactured on our revolutionary FlexLogIC® production system, a highly scalable manufacturing model for cost-effective high-volume production, achieved with orders of magnitude less capital investment and operating cost compared to a traditional silicon IC fab. PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with our first billion-unit production facility in Sedgefield. Shareholders include Cambridge Innovation Capital, Arm and Avery Dennison.