[December 02, 2009]
Revere Security Fast-tracks RFID Adoption with Small, Fast, Secure Hummingbird Cryptographic Algorithm
DALLAS --(Business Wire)-- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is poised to revolutionize the world's way of thinking, doing and interacting with people and objects, but obstacles like size reduction, speed, limited or no security, power consumption and cost have hindered widespread RFID adoption and the realization of the technology's true benefits. Industry analysts continue to raise concerns about the security and privacy of the data being transmitted by these tiny wireless systems as well as the amount of power needed to ensure the security of these devices. Revere Security (www.reveresecurity.com) cryptanalysts and RFID experts engineered their flagship Hummingbird algorithm to alleviate those concerns and become the right fit for RFID systems, providing high levels of security, including secure identification and mutual authentication, with minimal impact ontag ( News - Alert) performance.
Revere Security's Hummingbird is the only RFID-friendly algorithm that enables high-speed, 256-bit encryption in conjunction with message authentication to meet security and performance requirements. In fact, current requirements involve using encryption without a message authentication code (MAC) to conserve space and battery power due to the limitations of previous industry offerings. Revere Security's Hummingbird enables these components to have heightened security with integrated MAC generation thus reducing power consumption exponentially. This makes Hummingbird ideal for RFID environments where privacy and clandestine tracking are concerns such as the identification tags in an ISO 18000-6C passive UHF RFID system being implemented in vehicle identification programs.
"While we're beginning to see an increase in RFID implementations, information security is still a major concern across the board for both active and passive UHF RFID systems," said Daniel Engels, Ph.D., Revere Security's chief technology officer and a world-renowned RFID expert. "Revere Security's Hummingbird algorithm was engineered with RFID technology in mind, addressing major concerns in security, performance, power and size restrictions. We recognized the gaps in existing encryption offerings and, instead of forcing device and chip manufacturers to adapt to poorly suited encryption methods, we adjusted our technology to support the innovative efforts of these companies and the expansion of the technology. Revere Security eliminates the security compromises associated with existing algorithms and provides the efficient security necessary for new, secure RFID systems to operate without performance compromises." While Hummingbird's small size, high performance and low-power consumption serve as major advantages to chip and device designers, its true strength is a groundbreaking algorithm design that provides tremendous security while using only a fraction of the processing and memory capacity of a typical cryptographic solution. Based on a novel rotor-stepping rule that digitizes the principles of the classic rotor machine for the first time in cryptography, Hummingbird is able to automatically generate a MAC as a by-product of message encryption without draining excessive computational power.
Revere Security independently tested its Hummingbird algorithm with former National Security Agency (News - Alert) (NSA) cryptanalysts at ISSI. After more than 1,000 hours of study, ISSI found no vulnerabilities, labeled Hummingbird as "secure" and added that it "seems particularly appropriate for use within resource-constrained environments such as wireless sensors and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags." About Revere Security Revere Security is a privately owned company specializing in cryptographic data security solutions for small, power-constrained chips and devices. Revere Security's solutions rely on a remarkably simple, efficient and powerful algorithm developed by Revere Security Co-founder Eric Smith. The unique algorithm has been tested, analyzed and proven successful through rigorous study by former cryptanalysts from the National Security Agency. Revere Security safeguards solutions in embedded systems, RF communications, sensor technologies, mobile computing and more. The company is headquartered in Dallas. For more information on Revere Security, visit www.reveresecurity.com.
WLIC Offers Livestock Producers Opportunities to Start Using RFID For Herd Management
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 4:35 PM CST
The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) currently offer complimentary official radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags to Wisconsin dairy, beef, pork and deer and elk producers.
Wisconsin pork producers can also obtain free premises ID tags. Sheep and goat producers already can receive free visible ID ear tags through the USDA Scrapies eradication program.
With help from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and DATCP, WLIC is able to provide producers with unique official animal identifiers that offer herd management benefits and open opportunities to participate in livestock marketing programs, such as age and source verification, as well as improve the ability to trace animals in the case of a disease outbreak.
Last year over 100,000 Animal Identification Number (AIN) tags were distributed by WLIC to Wisconsin dairy farmers through a partnership program with the Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA). Through this program, dairy producers interested in using RFID technology for herd management obtained RFID tags through their DHIA technicians. DHIA technicians would record ID numbers without the dairy producer having to invest in reader technology, handheld devices or computers. Dairy producers using RFID technology for herd management have reported labor cost savings and higher accuracy in identifying animals.
“As an organization compiled of various members and species representation, WLIC realizes the importance of helping all producers acclimate themselves to the various animal ID technologies available, such as RFID, to reap the tiers of benefits that come with its incorporation on any farm where livestock are supported,” explains Robert Fourdraine, WLIC’s chief operating officer. “By taking advantage of this program, producers have the opportunity to get involved in RFID with time being their only investment.”
German Researchers Make Metal Objects With RFID Inside
Fraunhofer's engineers demonstrate how to use selective laser sintering to integrate a standard passive tag within metal items as they are manufactured.
By Andrew Curry
Dec. 4, 2009—The places where RFID tags can be placed are almost limitless. One exception has been the challenge of integrating an RFID inlay within an object composed of metal. That's because the high temperatures required to melt and shape metal can destroy the components making up an RFID tag.
However, researchers at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing and Advanced Materials (IFAM), in Bremen, Germany, indicate they've come up with a solution enabling them to embed a standard RFID tag within a metal object as that item is being manufactured. The technique makes use of a 20-year-old process called selective laser sintering, and IFAM engineer Claus Aumund-Kopp says his team has successfully built metal parts that include an RFID tag inside. The researchers presented their work at EuroMold 2009, a trade fair focused on mold making and tooling, held this week in Frankfurt.
Fraunhofer's researchers used selective laser sintering (SLS) to produce these metallic objects, shown next to a sample of the RFID tag integrated within each item.
Working with metal powder and a laser, it is possible to produce parts straight from a 3-D model generated with a computer-aided design (CAD) application. The process is painstaking: Powder is laid down in layers 20 microns (0.0008 inch) in thickness—approximately a quarter the width of a human hair—and a laser melts it in the shape of the desired part. Layer by thin layer, the metallic object emerges from the powder. "The chip is inserted into the part when we have reached a certain height," Aumund-Kopp explains.
Traditionally, RFID tags have been unusable in parts heated above 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), though some tag manufactures have developed versions able to withstand temperatures as high as 1,093 degrees Celsius (2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) by encasing the RFID inlays in protective materials (see William Frick & Co.'s Gen 2 UHF Tags Take the Heat for Manufacturing Apps). In metal casting or laser fusion, however, temperatures can exceed 1,400 degrees Celsius (2,552 degrees Fahrenheit).
With Fraunhofer's process, Aumund-Kopp says, only a tiny bit of the material is ever heated, because of the gradual, partial nature of the process. That allows his team to use standard RFID tags that would be destroyed in traditional metal casting. "They're standard chips, with a standard glass cover," Aumund-Kopp says. "The trick is, the laser doesn't directly hit the chip, or hits it for such a minimal time that the chip isn't destroyed in the process."
Even more important, Aumund-Kopp adds, the Fraunhofer team discovered that the chips can be completely embedded within a metal part and still function. "We have found chips which are completely covered and are still readable," he states. "This is really new—usually, you need a gap where the electromagnetic fields can couple." The findings came as a pleasant surprise to the researchers, he says, and have created a puzzle for the future. "We can't explain it ourselves. We need to do some more tests."
KMA Global Solutions Hong Kong Enters Into Multi-Million Dollar Development Program for an RFID/EAS DUAL Tag
December 7, 2009 9:15 AM ET
TORONTO, Ontario, Dec. 7, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KMA Global Solutions International, Inc. (Pink Sheets:KMAG) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a long term, multi-million dollar development program to produce a DUAL Tag(TM) with EAS (electronic article surveillance) and RFID (radio frequency identification) capability in one.
The new DUAL Tag(TM), to be used in the garment business for one of the largest retailers in the world, will be tested with an initial 20 million units and would generate close to $3,000,000 USD for KMA. Once successfully tested, this product could generate revenues in excess of $10 Million USD annually with just one retailer.
KMA will use its known ability to produce DUAL Tags(TM) already integrating more than one EAS technology on a single label. Both the RFID circuit and the EAS circuit specified by the retailer will be incorporated in a new DUAL Tag(TM). KMA originally developed the DUAL Tag(TM) with this transition in mind, anticipating its compatibility with conventional EAS systems and newer RFID technology in store on per item tagging. Due the proven ability of KMA's partners to distribute the finished product into the supply chain, this program presents a very significant opportunity for KMA in the retail market.
Jeffrey D. Reid, Chief Executive Officer of KMA Global Solutions International, Inc., commented, "The potential for this solution to dominate the market is extremely high and is the break in the industry we have all been waiting for." He continued, "This opportunity will take KMA into the next phase of retail supply chain as a leader in this global market."
KMA's DUAL Tag(TM) provides theft protection through its innovative combination of two leading Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) technologies in a single, high-speed application. Packaging companies that have adopted DUAL Tag(TM) consider it to be of great benefit to their operation. When compared to applying the two EAS technologies separately, production efficiencies increase substantially and overall costs are significantly reduced. DUAL Tag(TM) eliminates inventory costs associated with duplicate inventories that differ only by EAS technology and allows products to be sold through any retail channel.
About KMA Global Solutions International, Inc.
KMA Global Solutions International, Inc. is a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) labels for the multimedia, retail apparel, health/beauty aids, soft goods, and over-the-counter pharmaceutical industries. KMA provides low cost solutions for retail protection against inventory theft, offering customized labels that use a variety of patented formats to meet unique packaging needs. KMA's patent pending DUAL Tag(TM) is the only product available that combines the two leading EAS technologies in a single, high speed application to eliminate the need for multiple inventories and its patented NEXTag(TM) is the solution of choice for soft goods as a small, flexible non-woven label conveniently sewn into a garment at its manufacturing source.
At KMA, our Business Mission is to constantly reinforce our industry leadership as a preferred competitive supplier in the timely delivery of superior, cost effective, source tagging products - all the time, every time.
For more information about KMA Global Solutions International, visit: http://www.kmaglobalsolutions.com.
December 8th, 2009
RFID passport identity theft made simple
Posted by Robin Harris @ 11:20 pm
You’re confident your RFID passport is safe in its signal-blocking wallet as you pass through immigration. What you don’t know is that the man behind you is recording the data sent by your passport’s RFID chip as it is scanned.
Your name, nationality, gender, birthday, birthplace and a nicely digitized photo is in his hands. With that info he can photoshop up a passport, get a copy of your Social Security card and with that get credit cards and bank accounts in your name.......... http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=713
ODIN Forecasts Fast ROI for RFID-based Baggage Handling
In a new report, ODIN Technologies found that six EPC Gen 2 UHF tags had a 100 percent read rate in baggage-tracking tests, and that airlines and airports could recoup their RFID deployment costs within 18 months.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec. 10, 2009—RFID solutions and services provider ODIN Technologies' newly published "RFID Baggage Tag Benchmark" report estimates that airlines and airports that deploy EPC Gen 2 RFID technology can recoup their deployment costs within 18 months. The study found that six of the tested tag models demonstrated a read rate of 100 percent in an airport setting with the baggage conveyor turned up to full speed—approximately 240 feet per minute—and that the tags can do so across the ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) spectrum, from 860 to 960 MHz...........
Steel-woven wallet pledges to keep RFID credit cards safe
Blocks wireless snoopers
By James Sherwood • Get more from this author
11th December 2009 09:06 GMT
Worried someone may try to wirelessly nab your personal details from those RFID cards in your wallet? Get some peace of mind with the “identity theft preventing privacy wallet”, its seller claims.
We kid you not. According to its online retailer, the wallet is woven from over 20,000 super-fine strands of stainless steel which “protects your ID like armour plate”.
Stainless steel stitching protects cards from wireless data theft
The idea is sound, in principle. The stitching methodology reminded us of a Faraday cage – an enclosure designed to block out external electric fields.
The wallet promises to completely shield its contents from today’s hi-tech pickpockets, while also being stronger than leather.
Speaking of contents, the wallet can hold six cards, has two internal slots and a billfold – that’s a fiver folding flap to our British readers.
Two designs are available – “Smooth” and “Engine-Turned” - online now, each priced at $80 (£49/€55)
American Barcode and RFID Joins Zebra Enterprise Solutions Partner Program
December 15, 2009 8:01 AM ET
Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES), a division of Zebra Technologies ZBRA, today announced American Barcode and RFID (AB&R) has joined its partner program. The ZES partner program enables AB&R to integrate a broader range of technology solutions with its existing offerings.
AB&R, a nationally-recognized technology integrator of innovative automatic identification and data collection solutions, helps customers manage and track assets, mobilize their workforce and secure the workplace. A partner of Zebra Technologies’ Specialty Printing Group since 2003, the company is now extending its relationship to ZES and will now offer active radio-frequency identification (RFID) and ultra-wide band (UWB) technology.
“Our commitment to providing our customers with the right combination of technical innovation, performance, and cost effectiveness made partnering with ZES a clear choice,” said Mike Stryczek, CEO of American Barcode and RFID. “Zebra’s full breadth of products and solutions, service and channel strategy aligns well with AB&R, and growing our relationship is a natural progression that will benefit our customers and our business.”
With nearly 30 years of experience in the healthcare, manufacturing and distribution sectors, AB&R plans to utilize its partnership with ZES to provide Real-Time Locations Systems (RTLS) to its clients with a need for tracking high-value assets internally. Specifically, AB&R sees promise in leveraging ZES’s UWB technology in its core competency of securing the workplace. The collaboration will allow AB&R to provide relevant customers with controlled access through real-time visibility into the location of visitors and employees.
“We are excited to have AB&R expand its services to include ZES offerings in addition to Zebra’s Specialty Printing Group,” said Bill Bulzoni, Director of Business Development for Zebra Enterprise Solutions. “AB&R’s decision to partner with ZES will help the company foster new business opportunities and help us attract additional partners as we grow our program.”
About American Barcode and RFID Inc.
Since 1980, American Barcode and RFID Inc. (AB&R) has been a nationally-recognized technology integrator of innovative Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) solutions that help customers manage assets, track inventory, mobilize their work force, and secure their work place. AB&R "Puts Information to Work" with its specializations in bar code, radio frequency identification (RFID) and secure card technologies. Based in Phoenix, Arizona and with sales offices throughout the United States, AB&R is committed to helping medium-to-large companies use AIDC solutions to help realize cost savings, operational efficiencies, and increased security. For further information about American Barcode and RFID, Inc., please visit www.abrfid.com.
About Zebra Enterprise Solutions
Zebra Enterprise Solutions, a division of Zebra Technologies Corporation, extends Zebra’s reach beyond passive RFID by employing state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions to locate, track, manage, and optimize high-value assets, equipment and people across the world’s largest supply chains. Whether tracking containers through a port, optimizing parts for manufacturing, or managing ground support equipment at an airport, the real-time asset management solutions from the combination of Navis, WhereNet, proveo, and Multispectral Solutions provide improved visibility and velocity to gain measurable business improvements. Utilizing products that are based on ISO/IEC 24730-2, Cisco CCX Wi-Fi, precision GPS, and UWB technologies, Zebra Enterprise Solutions offers a wide range of location solutions that are "application matched," enabling its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. For more information about Zebra Enterprise Solutions visit http://www.zebra.com/zes.
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation ZBRA provides the broadest range of innovative technology solutions to identify, track, and manage the deployment of critical assets for improved business efficiency. Zebra’s core technologies include reliable on-demand printer and state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions. By enabling improvements in sourcing, visibility, security and accuracy, Zebra helps its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. Zebra serves more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. For more information about Zebra‘s solutions visit http://www.zebra.com.