Governments of the world have moved to passports with RFID technology with standards determined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). These passports contain ISO/IEC 14443 RFID chips and are labeled “contactless integrated circuits”. Though they fall under more stringent requirements they were still able to be skimmed with special equipment from as far away as 10 meters (33ft). Criticism from users prompted designers to add a thin metal lining, making it more difficult for unauthorized readers to “skim” information. Not impossible. Just more difficult. But with a passive RFID tag communication is just a radio wave away. As if privacy concerns weren’t enough to trouble governments and their citizens, some in the security industry have alluded to the ability of terrorist organizations to design an RFID triggered IED device — a device that only functions when approached by passports from a particular country and particular RFID signal. With the pinchpoint-SECURETM line of products these types of security threats are rendered obsolete. Governmental agencies won’t have to provide, and citizens don’t have to rely on thin linings or metal sheathes. Our RFID tags are Selectively EnabledTM , the RFID works when you want it to… And doesn’t work every other time. Period.
Military ID’s, Government Personnel ID’s and other Security Credentials throughout the world are being issued with RFID technology. This implementation has caused the same widespread security concerns as those being faced in other industries. As with the other industries the approach being used to secure these credentials is a foil-lined sleeve. This approach misses the biggest security threat which is the reliability of personnel to follow through on using the foil-lined sleeve. With the pinchpoint-SECURETM line of products, security is built into the card.
by Liz Pulliam Weston – Dec 2007Read More