TSL partners with Intel, Burnside Digital and Impinj to create RFID-Based “Kill Switch” for Laptops

5th June 2015



TSL have partnered with Intel, Impinj and Burnside Digital to help create the Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE) project. WCE uses RFID technology to track and monitor laptops and other expensive equipment.

Monza RFID tags, developed by Impinj, are embedded within the devices, which can then be programmed and monitored using the TSL 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader or 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader.

The project uses a cloud-based data repository and dashboard created by Burnside Digital.  Data can be written to the Monza chip and then passed on to the Intel System on Chip (SOC) when the device is next powered up. This can enable commands such as a ‘kill switch’ to be used to disable lost or stolen devices.

The WCE project enables extremely powerful inventory control, such as disabling a device before shipping and reactivating it upon arrival.  Because the WCE uses passive RFID technology, it does not require any battery power. Even if a device is turned off RFID readers can still read the tag.

You can read more about the Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE) project below: