Today, with IoT devices proliferating in every industry, it’s hardly surprising to see innovative ways to implement them in industrial and domestic use-cases. But, although the IoT adoption is already at an accelerated path, shortage of electronic components has brought in counterfeiters creating fake parts.
With this increased counterfeit, the product’s performance has drastically reduced or is not as expected. Furthermore, with these counterfeit practices the security flaws in these devices have significantly increased, and in some cases, backdoors were intentionally placed to gain access to these devices or the network which they’re connected.
To explore these counterfeit issues companies like HID Global are continually exploring solutions to cut down on component counterfeiting with a near field communication (NFC) tagging system. But this tagging approach is not enough to tackle the IoT counterfeit at a global scale, a much-refined and industry-wide approach is required to eventually rid the industry with these counterfeit components.
The NFC tags are designed to ensure the genuineness of the device components, they’re placed on these components during the production stage and have significantly advanced encryptions, which makes them impossible to copy. A user, who is concerned of components’ genuineness, can through a single-step authentication process read them via a compatible smartphone and a complementary app, all they need to do is open the complimentary app and point the camera on the tag. Furthermore, some companies are going a step further, to tackle the counterfeit issue by leveraging the blockchain tech to stop counterfeit parts from getting into IoT devices. These companies use the NFC tags to feed data onto a blockchain online decentralized ledger. Some great industry minds think that the blockchain approach could significantly cut down the amount of electronic waste that eventually gets repurposed for counterfeit products and parts.