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NFC-Enabled Postage Stamps

Austrian Post Created a Limited-Edition Crypto Stamp

— May 27, 2021 — Tech
Crypto Stamp 3.0 is a limited-edition item from Austrian Post that holds value in the physical world and the digital one. The physical stamp is embedded with an NFC chip so that users can authenticate their purchase, and the stamp also comes in a blockchain-enabled digital form.

While Crypto stamp 1.0 was issued in 2019, Crypto stamp 2.0 came out last summer and Österreichische Post AG is now introducing the third iteration, continuing to set itself apart as "the first postal company to introduce a stamp that can be used for postage purposes but is also saved as a digital image within the blockchain."

With the QR code that's printed on every Crypto Stamp, users can scan it or manually enter the code.
Trend Themes
1. Blockchain-enabled Postage Stamps - Creating postage stamps with embedded blockchain technology for digital authentication and storage.
2. Nfc-enabled Collectibles - Using NFC chips to create limited-edition collectibles that hold both physical and digital value.
3. Hybrid Physical-digital Products - Innovating physical products by incorporating digital technology to enhance user experience and value.
Industry Implications
1. Post and Mail Services - Opportunity for postal companies to differentiate through the creation of blockchain-enabled stamps that hold both physical and digital value.
2. Collectibles and Memorabilia - Using NFC chips to create limited-edition collectibles, adding value to physical items by also providing authentication and digital storage.
3. Technology and Electronics - Incorporating NFC and blockchain technology in physical products to create hybrid physical-digital products that increase customer value.
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