Design and development of a mobile EPC-RFID-based self-validation system (MESS) for product authentication

S. K. Kwok, Jacky S.L. Ting, Albert H.C. Tsang, Wing Bun Lee, Chi Fai Cheung

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The increase in the number of counterfeits penetrating into the open market has created the need for a product authentication approach in tracing and tracking the product anytime, anywhere. Owing to the vague concepts frequently represented in flow of products, this paper presents a self-valuation and visualization system by integrating the RFID technology and EPC concept to protect products from counterfeiting by the means of mobile platform. In this paper, a system architecture is proposed which is capable of integrating mobile technology and EPC-RFID applications. The implementation roadmap of such system architecture is examined and explained in the context of a case study. The aims of the system are to provide greater visibility of the product logistic flow data and to improve the anti-counterfeit process, from traditional physical identification to self-validated location-based authentication. The case study illustrates the capability, benefits and advantages of using the proposed system, particularly its support of product authentication and supply chain activities in countering the global counterfeit problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-635
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Industry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010


  • Anti-counterfeit system
  • Counterfeiting
  • Electronic product code (EPC)
  • Product authentication
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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