Selinko platform with MIFARE Ultralight® C protects wines from counterfeiting 20. June 2016

Selinko, the Belgian company specializing in digital authentication of products, has announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI), thereby extending its range of secure NFC tags to provide a solution adapted not only for great vintages, but also for all other wine categories.

Patrick Eischen, CEO Selinko: “We’re delighted with this collaboration, which represents a real opportunity for vintners to be able to enter a new digital era and gain easier access to an NFC authentication technology with encryption – a type of solution that was previously only used for great vintages.” 

The Geantet-Pansiot estate in Burgundy is paving the way by connecting its entire production, starting with its 2015 vintage.

Just under a year after announcing the adoption of Selinko technology for its great vintages, Fabien Geantet, owner of the highly respected Geantet-Pansiot estate in Gevrey-Chambertin, has announced his intention to extend his collaboration and protect his entire production by equipping each bottle with a unique, secure NFC tag from NXP, which can be authenticated using the Selinko mobile app. Fabien Geantet  « As a passionate winemaker, I feel it is essential to be able to continuously guarantee to my consumers and my customers a level of expertise and quality worthy of a genuine Geantet-Pansiot wine,” said Fabien Geantet. “I was very quickly convinced by the strength of the Selinko platform’s multi-service approach, which meets all of my needs with a single technology ».


A single technology, three benefits

Selinko platform combined with NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight® C chip will enable the estate to safeguard its distribution network in order to protect its wines from counterfeiting, combat gray markets and also to communicate with its customers directly and in a targeted manner. The customers, for their part, will be able to authenticate their bottle and obtain information about the wine (vintage, production, serving temperature, storage, etc.) and the estate, simply by tapping the back label with their NFC smartphone. According to Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw, NXP Global Segment Marketing RFID-NFC Smart Consumer Products: “Selinko offers an innovative and comprehensive solution, well-known in the wines and spirits market. By combining the expertise and innovation of our two companies, we can work together to raise awareness and increase take-up of digital authentication technologies in the wine industry, in order to improve the level of protection compared to existing technologies and to reconnect winegrowers to their customers, in a world that is increasingly becoming connected, mobile and shared”

Read the full press release here.