Let’s just say you run a store, and use RFID tags to track merchandise and inventory.
You may already know that RFID tags have security risks. Some tags, which can be read from as far as 30 feet away (such as in the parking lot outside your store) are vulnerble to thieves using RFID scanners to detect recently purchased items and rob purchasers of them.
But now we learn that IBM hgas just granted a manufacturing license to Toronto-based sticker manufacturer Marnlen RFID (no website yet).The new technology, which is not yet available but will be soon, would work like this. It would consist of a tag readable for inventory purchases, but with a removable antenna that when ripped off the tag, would only make the rip tag readable from inches away.
Such limitations would thwart the bad people with the RFID scanners.
But that doesn’t mean your strip shopping center can now furlough its security force. Thieves will be thieves, but with solutions like this they will have to go more low-tech.