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Performance of an optical identification and interrogation system
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Paper Abstract

A free space optics based identification and interrogation system has been designed. The applications of the proposed system lie primarily in areas which require a secure means of mutual identification and information exchange between optical readers and tags. Conventional RFIDs raise issues regarding security threats, electromagnetic interference and health safety. The security of RF-ID chips is low due to the wide spatial spread of radio waves. Malicious nodes can read data being transmitted on the network, if they are in the receiving range. The proposed system provides an alternative which utilizes the narrow paraxial beams of lasers and an RSA-based authentication scheme. These provide enhanced security to communication between a tag and the base station or reader. The optical reader can also perform remote identification and the tag can be read from a far off distance, given line of sight. The free space optical identification and interrogation system can be used for inventory management, security systems at airports, port security, communication with high security systems, etc. to name a few. The proposed system was implemented with low-cost, off-the-shelf components and its performance in terms of throughput and bit error rate has been measured and analyzed. The range of operation with a bit-error-rate lower than 10-9 was measured to be about 4.5 m. The security of the system is based on the strengths of the RSA encryption scheme implemented using more than 1024 bits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6975, Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications IV, 69750C (24 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777174
Show Author Affiliations
A. Venugopalan, Univ. of Oklahoma, Tulsa (United States)
A. K. Ghosh, Univ. of Oklahoma, Tulsa (United States)
P. Verma, Univ. of Oklahoma, Tulsa (United States)
S. Cheng, Univ. of Oklahoma, Tulsa (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6975:
Enabling Photonics Technologies for Defense, Security, and Aerospace Applications IV
Michael J. Hayduk; Peter J. Delfyett; Andrew R. Pirich; Eric J. Donkor, Editor(s)

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