RFID in Libraries

5/20/2004

SFPL Round-up

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:53 am

As promised, a listing of the articles and resources about SFPL’s decision.

The SFPL implementation plan is particularly good. They have an understanding of the tag hardware specifications and seem very aware of the security flaws inherent at the chip level. They plan to work with vendors to develop tag encryption and better communications protocols between RFID tags and readers. They even encourage the development of environmentally friendly tags. Go SFPL!

David Molnar is quoted in the American Libraries piece. David is a Berkeley doctoral student in electrical engineering. He specializes in library RFID architectures. He has presented at the SFPL Library Commission meetings and it’s obvious they have paid attention. He currently has a scholarly article under review which details the technical security flaws in library RFID architectures. I’ll post a citation & summary as soon as I can.

I’m glad SFPL will attempt to work with the industry to improve chip security. Although libraries don’t have the purchasing clout of a Wal-Mart, we do have an activist tradition and the general respect of the public for keeping their interests at heart. Implementation plans such as SFPL’s and Berkeley’s best practices are a good start. It won’t be long before national-level best standards are available. The PLA Office of Intellectual Freedom is currently working on such a reccomendation.

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