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By Rich Handley

Honeywell Vehicle Tag Enables Secure Data Transactions for Toll Collecting

Honeywell's new passive RFID tag enables secure vehicle identification while preventing counterfeiting, spoofing or exposing customer data to unauthorized users. The IT70 tag can be used for highway tolling applications, electronic vehicle registration, vehicle access and payments.

The tag can be read from car and truck windshields at ranges exceeding 10 meters, even when the vehicles are traveling at speeds of more than 160 kilometers per hour. Drivers across Brazil are already using the Honeywell RFID tags to access toll roads, as well as to pay for gas and parking.

"Organizations want to prevent unauthorized use of the tags, and their customers need the peace of mind that data being transmitted from their car is secure," said Hank Stephens, the RFID product leader of Honeywell's Productivity Products business, in a prepared statement. "We incorporated a range of cryptographic standards to provide two-way authentication and data security with up to six access keys with fully configurable privileges."

Since it is a fully passive RFID tag, the company explains, the IT70 requires no further maintenance once it is applied to a vehicle windshield. The tag features up to six access keys, cryptographic encryption support with the ability to perform AES-128 functions three times faster than competitive tags, a long product lifecycle and the durability to withstand extreme environmental conditions ranging from -40 degrees to 85 degrees Celsius.

"Although commonly used for toll lanes and parking garages," Stephens said in the prepared statement, "these secure RFID tags can also be used for other electronic payment transactions such as buying gas without having to leave your car."

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