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Privacy-Preserving RFID Authentication Based on Cryptographical Encoding

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Executive Summary

Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology has been adopted in many applications, such as inventory control, object tracking, theft prevention, and supply chain management. Privacy-preserving authentication in RFID systems is a very important problem. Existing protocols employ tree structures to achieve fast authentication. The authors observe that these protocols require a tag to transmit a large amount of data in each authentication, which costs significant bandwidth and energy overhead. Current protocols also impose heavy computational demand on the RFID reader. To address these issues, they design two privacy-preserving protocols based on a new technique called cryptographical encoding, which significantly reduces both authentication data transmitted by each tag and computation overhead incurred at the reader.

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