Cryptography and authentication on RFID passive tags for apparel products

Kirk H M Wong, Chi Leung Hui, Allan C K Chan

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Public authorities and business communities in apparel industry of Hong Kong are looking for an effective method to identify counterfeited products. RFID technology provides a tool to address these problems. This paper presents a new approach using lightweight cryptography and a simple authentication method based on hash function for RFID Class 1 passive tags. Tags are embedded inside apparel products, such as garments or high-value apparel accessories. To determine whether a product is counterfeit, tag authentication on that apparel product can be performed and this will advise us whether the apparel product is genuine or faked. The proposed method has been compared with other basic approaches for tag authentication. It was found that the proposed method is effective and its operation is reliable. The proposed method would be useful to the existing apparel retail applications, particularly in the point-of-sale applications (POS).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-349
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Industry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


  • Apparel products
  • Counterfeiting
  • Cryptography
  • Electronic Product Code (EPC)
  • RFID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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