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Leveraging the IoT for real-time identification and authentication of electronic parts and components

June 28, 2016.

Louis Parks (


Mr. Parks is a co-founder of SecureRF, and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He also serves on the company's Board of Directors and its Chairman. Prior to joining SecureRF, Mr. Parks was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Global Logistics Technology, Inc. ("G-Log"), an innovative internet logistics company that was acquired by Oracle Corporation. For 10 years preceding G-Log, he was CEO/President of Client Technologies, Inc., a New York-based provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications for the financial sector that was acquired by a Canadian company. Mr. Parks also served as President of RKO/Warner Video where he was responsible for technology, operations and acquisitions throughout North America. Early in his career, he held both sales and engineering positions with IBM.

Mr. Parks has consulted to Homeland Security on U.S. electronic border initiatives and has served as a resource to the White House on security issues related to the new electronic passports and passport cards. He is on the North American Board of AIM, the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility, and is the former chairman of its RFID Experts Group (REG). He was on the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Aerospace Leadership (NCAL), a partnership between US industry, academia and government teams, and is currently an active member on the GS1/EPCglobal and US TAG ISO standards committees. Mr. Parks holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honors) in Finance and Marketing from the University of Manitoba.


The Internet of Things (IoT) is "the next big thing" and has the potential to give every object and device in your supply chain a unique digital identity. Combine this with innovative security methods and pervasive cloud computing and you have a new powerful platform for fighting counterfeit parts of all types. In this session, we will examine the development of new and coming chip technologies that can be used to secure a global electronic parts supply chain.

Over the years, solutions have been developed to address counterfeiting including secret markings, holograms, random numbers, 2D serialized barcodes, color shifting inks, and more. There are many hurdles to broad adoption of these methods. For example, several of these solutions require the comparison of a data element, like an electronic fingerprint or code, to a corresponding value in a database. This type of solution creates many challenges including how to keep the matching confirmation database current, securely distributing the database, allowing easy access to the database while still protecting its integrity, and securing the database at rest.

Recent advances in chip and antenna technologies, along with development work now supported by DARPA, are leading to new real-time parts identification, and authentication solutions. Benefits include item-level secure digital identity, anti-counterfeit protection, and inventory control. When combined with the IoT, these solutions not only deliver supply chain visibility but can also provide chain-of-custody and lifetime pedigree. For manufacturers, recent innovations can also incorporate unclonable chips with additive manufacturing processes.

In addition to new developments in part identification and authentication using secure chips, this session will look at the role the IoT can play in delivering real-time global visibility, in-field control of a part’s digital identity, and leveraging the collection of critical inspection results, repair history, usage, and maintenance records.

About SecureRF

SecureRF Corporation provides identification, authentication, and data protection solutions for anti-counterfeiting, contactless payment systems, homeland security and high-value supply chains including the pharmaceutical marketplace and cold change management. The company's security technology targets Near Field Communications (NFC), passive, semi-active and active RFID tags that meet both EPCglobal and ISO standards. SecureRF solutions provide additional features for cold chain management and its newest solution, Veridify, delivers smartphone apps and cloud-based solutions that enable immediate identification and authentication of products. SecureRF solutions are based on the world's first linear-in-time cryptography methods - that deliver a 10 to 15 year leap in crypto protocol performance. Their specialties include Asymmetric (Public Key) cryptography that addresses low resource computing platforms where there is little or no current security.