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RFID tamper proofing for both government and commercial markets.

Mikoh : 27 November, 2007  (New Product)
With National Security Association licensing, Mikoh can now market its Smart&Secure tamper evident RFID sealing systems to a wider market for providing tamper proof cargo closure.
Mikoh has finalised a deal to license reusable closure mechanism intellectual property from the US 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. "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."
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