Verayo and SkyeTek RFID Solution Identifies African Counterfeit Products

Verayo, a security and authentication solutions provider, teamed-up with SkyeTek, a provider of RFID reader and software technology to deliver the RFID authentication solution. The two companies have partnered with GLOBALPCCA, an investments and health care solutions group, in addressing the counterfeiting menace in Africa. GLOBALPCCA defined the requirements keeping in view the cost, user interface, security and deployment environment critical for success in Africa.

The solution includes Verayo's PUF technology based unclonable RFID ICs paired with SkyeTek's compact RFID readers to provide a secure authentication solution. Per GLOBALPCCA's directions, SkyeTek has created RFID readers in several form factors: a small pen-sized form factor for consumers to carry in their pocket or handbag to authenticate consumer or pharmaceutical products at the PoS; a tray-sized form factor for pharmacies to authenticate products before sale to consumers. When the pen-sized reader is pointed to a tag on a product, or when a tagged product is placed on the tray reader, the reader uses PUF authentication protocol to identify a genuine product from a fake product and displays a green or red light respectively.

“We are excited to partner with Verayo and incorporate PUF technology with our RFID readers to provide consumers with the ultimate anticounterfeiting solution,” said Daniel Frydenlund, CEO of SkyeTek. “It has been a privilege to work with GLOBALPCCA in implementing this solution in a way that will help people in Africa fight this counterfeiting threat.”

“Counterfeiting is a huge problem seeking a solution. The only way to address this problem is by empowering the consumers so that they themselves can authenticate the product they are buying. Working with SkyeTek and GLOBALPCCA, we have created what is a simple, secure and yet low-cost RFID authentication solution,” said Anant Agrawal, CEO of Verayo. “We believe this solution will help consumers in Africa authenticate everyday products and lead a safer life.”

“NAFDAC, Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, has approved GLOBALPCCA's proposed solutions and signed a contract with GLOBALPCCA to provide a RFID-based authentication solution for Nigeria,” said Steve Ams, CEO of GLOBALPCCA. “Keeping in view the requirements of countries in Africa, we were looking for a technology that was cost-effective, secure and unclonable, hence we selected Verayo's PUF technology based RFIDs, and SkyeTek's readers.”
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