How Secure Should an RFID System Be?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Secure Should an RFID System Be?
RFID Journal Staff asked 9 years ago

Do you see a need for enhanced security with radio frequency identification?

—Name withheld


I think it depends on the particular RFID application. If you are talking about using tags to track goods within a warehouse, then you probably do not require much additional security beyond what your existing inventory-management system offers (and it might not offer enough, but this is a separate issue). One reason is that the RFID data collected is not that sensitive, and another reason is that people should not have access to your warehouse in the first place.

On the other hand, if you are talking about a hospital application in which you are monitoring patients as they move throughout the facility, in order to make sure they are being treated efficiently, or if you are identifying patients, then I think additional security is probably a good idea. The same is true for payment systems, toll collection and other applications.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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