Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher
SecureRF Corporation has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the United States Air Force (USAF) for a secure, satellite-enabled, radio frequency identification (RFID) system. The secure global RFID system is intended to verify the actual location, and precisely track in-transit assets without providing targeting information and exposing tactical locations or logistics information to unfriendly forces.
In Phase I of this grant, SecureRF will focus on determining the feasibility of implementing their Algebraic Eraser cryptographic security protocol within an active RFID tag with GPS functions.
For more information, see the press release titled SecureRF Awarded SBIR Grant from U.S. Air Force for Secure Global RFID System whcih can be viewed online at https://veridify.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/SecureRF_Awarded_SBIR_grant_from_US_Air_Force.pdf or via a link from the SecureRF home page.
The U.S. Air Force has posted the details of this award on the Air Force SBIR/STTR Virtual Shopping Mall at http://www.sbirsttrmall.com/award/AwardDetails.aspx?pk=16054.
This is actually the second secure RFID project that SecureRF has received SBIR funding for. If you are a U.S. small business looking for a way to fund development work (without diluting ownership or having to pay the money back!) then I would recommend looking into the SBIR program.