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By Beth Bacheldor

Confidex Unveils Secure RFID Label With NXP Ucode DNA Chip

Confidex has introduced a new passive, ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID windshield label design that features cryptography and a thin, tamper-evident structure for high-security smart traffic-management applications.

The Confidex Xenon VIP improves the security level of RFID-based smart traffic solutions, the company reports, such as high-speed automatic vehicle identification (AVI), automated toll collection, and parking and access-control solutions for highly populated metropolitan areas.

By utilizing NXP Semiconductors' Ucode DNA chip, Confidex Xenon VIP combines long-range contactless RF performance with cryptographic security implementation. Security features, the company indicates, include two 128-bit AES keys and an AES digital core for cryptographic authentication for the first time in smart traffic applications. The Ucode DNA integrated circuit, which debuted a year ago, is a passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID chip that, according to NXP, is the first to provide cryptographic authentication (see NXP Releases IC for Secure Encrypted UHF Reads). By using a dynamic password that changes with each read event, and by requiring verification of each password from a server, the Ucode DNA is aimed at preventing eavesdropping and tag cloning.

The standard Xenon VIP label measures 107 millimeters by 21.5 millimeters (4.2 inches by 0.8 inch) and has a white, printable label surface. The Xenon VIP can be factory-encoded and personalized as well, with variable bar codes and QR codes, and is also available as a custom upsized label with custom-specified materials. Additional security features are also available on request, Confidex reports.

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