Generic tag security offered for RFID


Westminster , COSkyeTek Inc. unveiled what it calls the industry’s most advanced security technology for protecting the integrity and privacy of broad radio frequency identification (RFID) implementations in HF and UHF. The best cryptography implemented today is found in government, financial, and Internet applications in the form of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), specified as industry standards. SkyeTek’s multi-frequency Advanced Universal Reader Architecture (AURA) brings that security to embedded RFID applications, allows customers to use generic tags and save up to 70% compared to proprietary, encrypted tags.

Security features are accessible through ReaderWare, AURA’s software layer, which allows customers to develop their secure, embedded RFID application independent of tag, protocol, or frequency. These security features will first become available in SkyeTek’s new reader modules, the M2 HF SkyeModule and M9 UHF SkyeModule. Both readers allow customers to utilize industry standard HF and UHF tags for security-intensive applications, including tags that have already been deployed by customers. The M2 and M9 also provide support for proprietary encryption algorithms and their associated tags. Shipments began in July.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief

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