Tuesday, April 18, 2006

 

SOUTH KOREAN RFID MARKET GROWING AT A RAPID PACE

The South Korean RFID market is growing at a rapid pace. This can be attributed to the presence of conglomerates like Samsung electronics and LS Industrial systems. These companies are expanding their ass production. The global competition is causing the prices of the tags to be lowered. It seems that the South Korean manufacturers are likely to continue this trend and offer tags at competitive prices. The collaboration between the South Korean government and institute has furthered the growth.

National RFID trial services have played a pivotal role in increasing RFID adoption. The RFID projects that started in 2005 have been deployed in manufacturing operations, logistics, consumer goods, defense, shipping and transport. The logistics market has the highest adoption rate. South Korean vendors are also working with the government and each other in an official organization that will focus on cross-sharing patents.

 

DOS ATTACKS RFID

It has been proved by researchers that RFID tags can be targeted. Researchers at Edith Cowan University in Perth found that when the RFID tags were overloaded with information and data, they were not able to function.

Academics in the Scissec research group at Edith Cowan University warned:
Vulnerabilities in the newer UHF style of RFID tags have been found and are of
concern for anyone trying to implement a RFID system that would have mission
critical or human life issues involved in it.

Many companies have been ysing RFID tags in their supply chain but the tags are generaaly not used in life-critical situations. Researchers have found that even generation two tags, which are better than the generation one tags can be disrupted.

When the RFID tags are in range the tag reader identifies the tags and communicates with them. The raders communicate in the frequency range of 902-928MHz. This range was first supposed to be though as a safety measure as the reader could hop between frequencies. Australian researchers have found that hopping attack fom DOS is still possible as the tags ca not hop from one frequency to another but need raders for that purpose. The researchers demonstrated that from a range of 1 metre they could disrupt communications between tags and readers by placing the tag in a "communication fault state".

Monday, April 17, 2006

 

SYBASE INC LAUNCHES RFID ENTERPRISE 2.0

Sybase enterprises an infrastructure and mobile software provider has launched the RFID Enterprise 2.0. RFID Enterprise 2.0companies to meet the design, deployment and integration challenges presented by enterprise-scale RFID deployments. The enterprise will provide a full featured integrated development environment supporting business process orchestration, rules and transformation, business activity monitoring and mobilization features such as alerts and notifications.

The key feature of RFID enterprise is device grouping, DBMS that includes on-disk encryption, smart partitions and patented query processing technology, multi protocol support.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

 

Virgin Atlantic to use RFID tags

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline company in the U.K to use RFID tags to track parts onsite. Symbol Technologies, Inc., the Enterprise Mobility Company, and its Premier Solutions Partner, PEAK Technologies have been chosen by Virgin Atlantic to supply the RFID technology. This is a pilot phase.

These installations are based at the Virgin Atlantic’s facility at the Heathrow airport. Three AP300 access ports with external antennas support onsite data exchange at each location and the MC9000-G mobile computer enables precise real-time scanning and data entry, providing Virgin Atlantic's staff with inventory control and instant visibility into their supply chain.

The project is called Tracked by Radio Identification Method and has been deployed at Virgin Atlantic with the specific aim of tracking serialized aircraft parts and tools at their main supply facilities and throughout their supply chain.

As Virgin Atlantic is Britain’s second largest carrier it is trying to find out the efficiency of the RFID technology in its warehouse and improve its efficiency.

 

IDVELOCITY ACQUIRED BY NCR


NCR Corporation has taken over the assets of IDVelocity LLC. IDVelocity LLC is a company based in Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro, N.C. helps companies collect and and utilize data from millions of RFID tags.
The acquisition of IDVelocity LLC will boost NCR’s RFID solution portfolio. One component of NCR's RFID solution is the Teradata database. IDVelocity technology supports the ability of a Teradata(R) Warehouse to provide actionable analytics by tracking and evaluating item movements at a detailed level and to see those movements at more frequent points in the supply chain.
It seems to be a great opportunity for NCR Corporation to move ahead and achieve greater heights with the inclusion of the newly acquired assets.

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