How to prepare for RFID technology to prevent counterfeiting




June 5, 2006
14:00 - 15:30
Hotel Golf - Jupiter Hall 1

How to prepare for RFID technology to prevent counterfeiting
Co-chairs
Miha Praunseis
, R&D Director
Oria Computers, Slovenia

Mateja Podlogar
, Assistant Professor & Head
eProcurement Laboratory, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Panelists:
Stamatis Karnouskos, Senior researcher
SAP AG, SAP Research, Germany
Tanja Lesničar, Head of e-Business
Gorenje, Slovenia
Robert Ljoljo, Head
Manufacturing Informatics, LEK d.d. (a Sandoz Company), Slovenia
Florian Michahelles, Project Manager and Associate Director
Auto-ID Labs, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Workshop descriptions

The RFID technology is considered an old and not widely expanded technology that is becoming more and more accessible every day. Illicit and grey markets of tampered products are expanding fast and constantly. In order to prevent and protect genuine products from the tampered ones they must be easily distinguished. Our main idea in order to successfully achieve abovementioned goal can also be found in proper implementation of the RFID technology.

Therefore the RFID can be the basic stone of ambient intelligence-based and network-oriented systems for the secure and efficient authentication of products at any stage of their lifecycle, thus empowering legitimate vendors, distributors, governments and consumers to distinguish between genuine and tampered products.

However above described implementation can raise questions of privacy, security, technological reliability and international compatibility. This workshop will discuss the RFID technology in general. After general overview it will proceed with exploring the barriers and obstacles for RFID deployment and at the end it will discuss concerns of producers, retailers, consumers and citizens.

Facts (advantages and disadvantages) about the RFID technology:
  • Implementation of the RFID technology is for many companies still very inaccessible.
  • There are many limitations connected with abovementioned technology.
  • Information can be read from the RFID tag without any visible contact.
  • More than one tag can be read simultaneously.
  • High reliability of the read data.
  • Different legislation in different countries regarding RFID technology (allowed frequencies).

Workshop objectives are to:
  • Present the RFID technology and its limitations in general.
  • Discuss useful features of RFID technology.
  • Describe the current status of the RFID technology usage in general.
  • Discuss the usage of RFID in order to prevent counterfeiting.
  • Explanation why the usage of RFID technology could be the right solution to prevent counterfeiting.