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Master thesis

Title Massively parallel identification of RFID tags
Author Rui Barbosa de Figueiredo
School Universidade de Aveiro
Month July
Year 2011
Advisor André Zúquete, Tomás Oliveira e Silva
Group (before 2015) Information Systems and Telematics Laboratory

In recent years, there has been a large evolution of identification systems through the use of RFID tags, often with some disregard for privacy concerns. In this dissertation a paradigm will be explored focusing on the use of a well known cryptographic standard or hashing function to generate a pseudo-random identifier from the real identifier as well as a set of random nonces from the tag and reader. However, a search is required along the set of assigned identifiers, which for the sake of performance shall be done resorting to a massively parallel approach. This way, it becomes unfeasible for an illegitimate reader to relate two activation sessions of the same tag without access to the database of all the assigned identifiers.

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