Intelligent Packaging comes equipped with a sensor embedded to monitor the bag's contents. The type of sensor may be different depending on the bag's intended use, but common examples are hygrometers, oxygen detectors, and thermometers. These tools provide the user information on the bag's performance and allow them to make necessary changes or replacements to prevent food spoilage or waste.
Some mylar bags have interiors coated with materials that interact with the contents to improve shelf life. This mechanism is called Active Packaging. An example of Active Packaging would be a mylar bag coated with a substance that prevents all wavelengths of light from passing through, even infrared. Another would be a bag that actively regulates moisture, keeping internal humidity at a preselected level instead of keeping it constant.
Connected Packaging is more of a marketing tool than something to help the mylar storage bag do its job more effectively. Manufacturers will provide consumers with links to information and content using RFID chips or QR codes. This info can run the gamut from engagement and marketing activities to information updates about the bags and their origins. Consequently, Connected Packaging helps build a relationship between the manufacturer and the end-user, fostering trust and building community.