@TaimoorZ: Cloning a genuine tag may be possible I haven't seen it happen myself so I am not certain. But in theory it might not be possible with some tag types.
Moreover, the beauty of RFID tags is that they store more information than just a serial number. So even if someone clones a tag and changes some information on the tag the chances of all changed information holding up are extremely less.
Companies can use RFID tags to validate all information about products like product number, batch number etc. So that the chances of success may become less for counterfeiters.
I agree. If the RFID tags are being used to prevent counterfeiting, the usefulness and effectiveness would be far greater with electronics than apparel. Many of the electronic components are being used for scientific and military technologies and counterfeit components is a serious threat in these areas.
@Sohaib: Isn't it possible to produce a clone/copy of a genuine tag and stick onto a counterfeit product? The system may not be able to restrict a counterfeit product from going to the consumer then. Are there preventive measures companies can take with regards to this?
Nice info regarding tag types. I too agree with Barbara that circumventing the technology here is easier than counterfieting it. It will be good for the anti-counterfiet campaign that the more experienced manufacturers or rather the pioneers of hardware technology get involved in RFID manufacturing so that trust in RFID grows simultaneously with the growth in anti-counterfeiting/circumvention activities taken around the globe.
I think RFIDs will do more good to electronics industry than apparel one. The cost of consumer electronics is far higher than apparel and hence the RFID, as percentage of cost is quite lower and the revenue saved, due to anti-counterfeit actions, per item is more than in the apparel's case. That makes it more viable for the OEMs to adopt the tool. However, it is also essential that the RFID usage culture to track authenticity spreads up and down the supply chain so that the benefits of RFID dont remain confined to the internal aspect of organization such as inventory management.
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