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HID Global Seeks to Improve RFID Security Via Hand Gestures
The company is developing software that will allow a user to perform a series of hand-motion sequences to authorize operation of an RFID card or a smartphone's RFID functionality.
Aug 09, 2013—
HID Global is developing new products that add an additional layer of security to RFID-based secure identity, access control and other applications using smartphones, tablets and other devices such as smart cards. The technology—for which HID Global has received several patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—consists of gesture-based software designed to recognize sequences of three-dimensional hand motions and that works in conjunction with RFID cards or RFID-enabled handheld devices.
The HID Global U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the patents ( US8,427,320 and US8,232,879) for "directional sensing mechanism and communications authentication" to HID Global within the past year, and the company has now included in the technology in its product roadmap, with plans to commercially develop the software-only solution, likely within two years. The software will allow a user to define a series of hand-motion sequences or gestures that can be used to control operation of an RFID card or handheld device, including those based on Near Field Communication (NFC) standards.
The software can also be incorporated into an RFID-enabled smart card. In this case, the smart card would include a battery-powered mechanism such as a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) or accelerometer that is capable of sensing movement of the RFID device.
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