Consumer Electronics Case Study: Intel

May 29, 2014 Lea DeJarlais

Intel Consumer Electronics Case Study

Intel and Impinj have a history of innovation in the RFID and consumer electronics markets. Shahrokh Shahidzadeh, a Sr. Principal Technologist at Intel, has leveraged Impinj technology while exploring platform solutions that can benefit from embedded RFID, enhancing platform trust and integrity, enabling contextual second and third factor authentication, and improving consumer electronics supply chain integrity through theft and counterfeit deterrence measures.

Premise-Aware Security

At RFID Journal Live! 2012, Shahidzadeh announced that Intel and Impinj had developed a standardized platform for linking an embedded RFID chip to an Intel microprocessor in any electronic device. Embedding an RFID chip in an Intel tablet enables the ability to restrict access to data or computer networks based on the device's location, and opens the door for other consumer electronics manufacturers to increase their product's security. One of the applications Shahidzadeh discussed was location-based, or premise-aware, security. The chip is designed with memory that creates what Intel calls "processor-secured storage." Data, such as passwords and security keys, can be stored in this secure vault and activated when needed with an RFID reader, based on predetermined rules. A tablet's camera, for instance, might be deactivated in a research-and-development lab, or a doctor visiting one hospital could automatically access medical records for patients admitted to that facility. When visiting a different hospital, the doctor could access records for patients at that facility, but not those at the other hospital.

Intel and the Future of Consumer Electronics

Shahidzadeh presented Intel and the Future of Consumer Electronics at the RFID Journal Live! keynote event. More than a computer chip company, Intel is adding intelligence to many markets, including healthcare and consumer electronics. Shahidzadeh states, "RFID is going to ignite the world of opportunities."

Impinj's CTO and co-founder Dr. Chris Diorio joins Shahidzadeh during the presentation to discuss what embedding RFID chips into consumer electronics means for the future of technology and RFID.

Watch Part 1 of Intel and the Future of Consumer Electronics

Intel's Path to RFID


Part 2 can be viewed here.

Source: RFID Journal

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