Scalable RFID Tag Ownership

By Robert Vamosi | 7/1/11 5:00 AM

A few years ago, Gillette announced plan to purchase 500 million RFID tags for inventory control; today many more items, including jeans at WalMart have RFID tags. But what happens when ownership needs to transfer from buyer to buyer? Researchers presenting at last week's RFIDsec considered this, and offered their own method of ownership transfer that does not require the sharing of keys.

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RSA co-founder to keynote RFIDsec

By Robert Vamosi | 5/9/11 9:12 AM

RSA co-founder Adi Shamir will provide the opening keynote at the 7th Workshop on RFID Security and Privacy 2011. The event will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts June 26- 28, 2011. Mocana is one of the sponsors.

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RFID-tagging Barefoot Hotel Thieves

By JDavis | 4/20/11 6:34 AM

Before walking off with a bathrobe or pool towel from your swank hotel room, you might want to think twice. At least three high-end hotels have started incorporating RFID tags in their towels, robes and bed sheets, with alarms at the door to prevent thefts.

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Get Ready For "Smart" Sponges

By JDavis | 4/6/11 8:53 AM

RFID tags will soon track surgical sponges within the operating room or left inside the body.

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Top Ten Internet of Things Videos

By JDavis | 8/26/10 7:51 AM

A recent post on Read Write Web compliles a list of the "Top 10 YouTube Videos About [the] Internet of Things." The collection features videos covering everything from RFID tags and Web 3.0, to an opera of smart robot rabbits. In addition, in one video an expert questions the possible privacy concerns of all of this new networked data.

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From The Internet of Computers to The Internet of Things

By JDavis | 8/5/10 9:26 AM

The "Internet of Things" is an evolving cross-industry collaboration, in which objects themselves become part of the internet--just as we interact with things, things will interact with us, and eventually each other as nodes of a growing network. As processing energy requirements decrease and processors themselves become smaller, it becomes possible for processing to take place in many places using items like sensors and RFID tags. This is the Internet of Things, and a new research report (PDF) traces its development from inception through its current incarnation, to its future possibilities.

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Man "Infects" Himself with Computer Virus

By JDavis | 5/26/10 9:36 AM

A British researcher--using simple RFID technology--has become the first human "infected" with a computer virus. Using a contaminated implanted chip, he successfully transmitted the virus to other external systems.

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New Protocol Addresses RFID Vulnerability

By JDavis | 5/9/10 9:07 AM

An open-ended technology with a variety of applications, the RFID chip has become common in use for tracking items and communicating with secure systems. This is a potential boon to hackers who can exploit their minimal processing power for their own ends, and the chips themselves are often none the wiser.

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Understanding "The Internet of Things"

By JDavis | 4/7/10 10:30 AM

Currently in its planning phases, the second annual "Internet of Things Conference" in Tokyo will take place this November. Discussing some of the conference's proposed topics and how they'll shape the future of the Internet of Things, a recent article on ReadWriteWeb explores the incredibly vast scope of this connected device landscape.

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iPad: The Missing Link?

By JDavis | 2/22/10 9:29 AM

As devices in the home become increasingly networked and internet-connected--e.g., the "internet fridge"--the missing link could be a simple, portable, user-oriented device that acts as an interface, wirelessly connecting the range of devices that make up the "Internet of Things."

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