Verayo, SkyeTek join for low-cost RFID authentication

By Nick Taylor

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Authentication

Verayo and SkyeTek have partnered with GlobalPCCA to provide a low-cost RFID authentication system to fight counterfeits in Africa.

Investment group GlobalPCCA wanted a cost-effective, secure and unclonable technology to market in Africa. SkyeTek and Verayo have combined their technologies to fulfil this brief.

Anant Agrawal, CEO of Verayo, said: “Working with SkyeTek and GlobalPCCA, we have created what I believe is a very simple, secure and yet low-cost RFID (radiofrequency identification) authentication solution​.”

Verayo is contributing its physical unclonable function (PUF) technology-based RFID integrated circuits (IC). Use of PUF makes every chip unique and effectively unclonable, according to Verayo, and gives it characteristics which enable instant and reliable authentication.

This technology is being used in conjunction with RFID readers from SkyeTek. The brief from GlobalPCCA requested different forms of RFID readers and SkyeTek has fulfilled this by contributing Pentesta and Traytesta.

Pentesta is a pen-sized product designed to be carried by consumers. Using the device consumers can authenticate a pharmaceutical product at the point-of-sale. Pentesta is resistant to dust, water and impact.

Traytesta is a larger, tray-sized device designed to allow pharmacies to authenticate products before they are sold. Using either device on a tagged product prompts a PUF authentication process to occur and a green or red light to display, signifying it is genuine or fake.

Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved proposed systems from GlobalPCCA. Also, NAFDAC has inked a deal with GlobalPCCA to provide the RFID system in Nigeria.

Related topics: Globalization, Drug Delivery, QA/QC

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