IBM peels insecurity off RFID tags

IBM has developed a technology to limit the data breach threat in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

IBM has developed a technology to limit the data breach threat in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Big Blue has licensed its Clipped Tag technology to Marnlen RFiD, which is beginning immediate production. Developed at IBM's Watson Research Center, Clipped Tag lets users tear off most of an RFID tag's wireless antenna, reducing its read range to just a few inches.

This helps ensure consumer privacy, while maintaining the benefits of the technology, such as product authentication or recalls.

IBM's Paul Moskowitz, one of the Clipped Tag's inventors, said, "Clipped Tag puts privacy protection into the hands of the consumer, as it gives the consumer a visual confirmation of the tag's modification. We believe that successful commerce depends on trust."

Andris Lauris, vice-president for business development at Marnlen Management, said, "IBM's Clipped Tag concept is an elegant way to promote the benefits of RFID while protecting privacy. We're excited to be the first company in our industry to make the concept a reality."

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