VeriSign Plans RFID Security Enhancements
VeriSign, already the operator of epcGlobal's root directory services, is now working with the RFID standards group on security enhancements at the tag and device levels. Meanwhile, as a "solutions consultant," the vendor is figuring out waysAfter making a range of moves last year toward bolstering RFID adoption, network specialist VeriSign Inc. is now working with epcGlobal on future RFID security improvements, while also consulting enterprises about which business processes to RFID-enable in the interests of quicker ROI. VeriSign started out 2004 by announcing that it had nailed down a contract with RFID standards body epcGlobal for running root directory services that allow the use of RFID tag data on large networks. Now, also in collaboration with epcGlobal, VeriSign is developing future enhancements meant to make RFID more tamper-proof at levels that include "the [RFID] tag, the device and data sharing between tags," said Paul Strzelec, director of marketing for VeriSign Directory Services, in an interview with eWEEK.com.
Meanwhile, the vendor has identified a couple of ways to help speed ROI from RFID. One effective approach consists of sophisticated "cross-docking" applications, in which products are traced all the way from manufacturing through distribution centers and retail stores, Strzelec said.