Intel Developing RFID Tracking And ‘Kill Switch’ Technology For Laptops - HotHardware
Intel Developing RFID Tracking And ‘Kill Switch’ Technology For Laptops

Intel Developing RFID Tracking And ‘Kill Switch’ Technology For Laptops

Dirty rotten laptop thieves may want to consider another way to make a quick buck, as there are forces in play that will hopefully render this business model obsolete. Intel has teamed up with Impinj, Technology Solutions UK Ltd. (TSL), and Burnside Digital to create an RFID solution called Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE) to track lost and stolen laptops.

Intel's System-on-Chip (SoC) is a crucial component of the RFID system. The key is that it can read and write data to the Monza RFID chip that will be embedded into Intel SoC-powered devices. The chip can also be read and written to using an external TSL RFID reader, even when the system is powered down.

Intel Tracking

Unique IDs, error logs, permissions, device configuration, and virtually any other type of data can be written to the Monza chip and then read back to the Intel processor when the lost or stolen device is powered on. Where Burnside Digital comes into play is that it created custom applications for Windows, iOS, and Android that can communicate with a TSL reader via Bluetooth or with an AWS cloud-based database.

RFID is commonly used for inventory tracking, though in this instance, one unique feature is that it can disable a device prior to shipping and reactivate it only when it reaches its intended destination. The device would be useless if it turned up lost or stolen along the way. It could also be programmed to only work in approved locations.
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But will the government use it to track you and shut down YOUR laptop ?

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Or crackers getting into it and killing your laptop

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Avoid at all cost

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why not have a proxy key of some kind that allows only operate it while its near that key they come packaged with the machine. when a person steals the laptop they have to steal the proxy key too..

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NO THANKS.. this is not a feature i want on any laptop of mine.

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ewwwww

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First they test the large-scale apllication of RFID on hardware...

... then they put it under your skin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zkGPWO6Nog

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no more intel products for me

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anyone could potentially do that if you had one so DO NOT BUY ANYTHING made by intel or apple

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now the tracking chip could be a plus if your laptop is stolen, the "Kill switch" can be abused and should only be an option to even have it at all. maybe a module, of course this wont make laptop thieves go away, just create laptop "chop shops" selling parts or even putting non stolen parts in it.

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This is just plain flat out scary...

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As soon as anyone says RFID and "Kill Switch" the tinfoil hat wearing crazies come out. "RFID?! That's an invasion of my privacy!" As they pay for things with a debit or credit card and leave a huge digital paper trail. "I don't want a Kill Switch! The gubment will disable my gear!" As they use OnStar because they have a road side emergency...People are stupid.

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Dell had this a while ago, although its not RFID based. As soon as the machine is connected to a network with internet connectivity, it would wipe your drive and brick the machine rendering it useless.

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Im not crazy upset about this. If you've had something stolen before you would see the use in it. The kill switch part seems a bit much but i wouldn't mind being able to track it. Pretty sure people can track your ip to fund where you are anyway so it's not like people could find you now when they couldn't before.

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