Amsterdam-based Design SHIFT has collaborated with Geneva-based STMicroelectronics to integrate ST’s ST54D NFC controller in its groundbreaking privacy appliance, ORWL.
This small circular device uses two-factor authentication”a physical key and a password” along with tamper-proof physical hardware to protect people’s personal information and communications from being physically hacked.
ORWL includes a failsafe kill-switch never before offered to consumers. Any attempt to break into ORWL prevents the device from booting up and shuts it down immediately, like a bank vault. No other security offering delivers this level of protection.
The ST54D NFC controller provides the following critical functionality to the ORWL device:
• Secure NFC protection implemented in the physical key
• Both the key and a password are required to activate ORWL, for two-factor authentication
• Uses the same security technology as mobile payments over NFC
Most importantly, tampering with the ORWL device or attempting a physical breach prevents the device from booting up, instantly securing all of the user’s data and communications like a bank vault that only the user can open.
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