MIKOH Corporation, a company focused on ensuring the physical security of RFID tags, on Friday finalized a deal to license reusable closure mechanism intellectual property from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
The agreement expands applications for MIKOH’s Smart&Secure tamper-evident RFID tags and seals.
MIKOH Licenses NSA Technology to Expand Tamper-evident RFID Applications
MIKOH Corporation, the leading company focused on ensuring the physical security of RFID tags, finalized a deal to license reusable closure mechanism intellectual property from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The agreement expands applications for MIKOH’s Smart&Secure tamper-evident RFID tags and seals.
The NSA reusable closure mechanism consists of overlapping tabs that bolt onto existing containers to create a seal. Smart&Secure RFID tags then secure the closure tabs. If the RFID tag is tampered with or removed, readers are alerted and proper authorities are notified. An uncompromised Smart&Secure RFID tag on the closure mechanism identifies cargo as genuine.
“Licensing the NSA closure technology creates additional application possibilities for MIKOH Smart&Secure tags within government and commercial markets,” said Dr. Peter Atherton, CTO of MIKOH Corporation. “Smart&Secure tamper-evident RFID tags deliver physical security for sensitive cargo while also improving logistic efficiency during the shipping process.”
MIKOH Smart&Secure technology disables an RFID tag if tampering occurs. This prevents tags from being removed and reapplied, as well as tampering from solvents, heat and other malicious practices. A functioning tag indicates the item has not been compromised. A more advanced version of tamper-evident Smart&Secure technology alerts an RFID reader that the tag has been compromised without disabling RFID functionality, enabling ongoing retrieval of data stored in the tag.
Smart&Secure RFID technology led to the development of MIKOH’s SecureContainer, a reusable container featuring a unique closure system. SecureContainer uses disposable plastic inserts that slide into the container doors to secure all contents with a single Smart&Secure RFID tag. Because the seal only makes contact with the disposable plastic inserts, no cleanup is needed before reuse, making the process fast and easy.
“Combing Smart&Secure RFID tags with the NSA’s reusable closure mechanism creates a seal similar to SecureContainer, but in a much larger physical form,” said Matthew Blomfield, CEO of MIKOH. “It is now possible to ensure RFID authenticity for shipping containers during border crossings and port entrance, as well as many other homeland security applications. Warehouses and storage rooms can also be secured, not to mention crime scenes and investigation sights.”
MIKOH Corporation is a leading producer of security and digital marking products, specializing in ensuring the physical security of RFID tags. The physical security of RFID tags is increasingly recognized as vital in most applications in this emerging industry. For RFID end-users who need to protect materials, documents or merchandise from security compromises and commercial loss, MIKOH’s tamper-evident RFID technology is flexible, scalable and easily integrates into any RFID system.
MIKOH conceives unique security approaches, researches and develops proprietary technologies to support these approaches, patents and prototypes the technologies, integrates the technologies with other security components, and then embeds these components in commercial and government products. The company has offices in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia , and McLean , VA and New York , NY in the USA . For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.MIKOH.com.