ID-tag

The ID-tag is a nanoscale circuit containing biometric identification data on an individual down to the genetic level. ID-tags have replaced all other forms of identification and is considered virtually impossible to replicate or forge, although that’s not entirely true.

The tag is nothing more than a microscopic circuit board connected to a SNFC transceiver. This circuit can be remotely read up to about a meter away by standard commercial scanners, but law enforcement, patrol drones and security forces possess readers capable of scanning a tag up to and, in some circumstances, beyond 100 meters away.

Technology

With an ever rising digitalization of society, demands for a high-security, reliable identification kept rising. For a while, several unique solutions existed in tandem, and confirming the identity of an individual became an absolute hassle because of proprietary solutions, custom readers, and cumbersome security features.

Adding to the frustration was the fact that most identity solutions were bulky to install and obnoxious to use, and organizations requiring rigorous security had to have several large, time-consuming and difficult to use systems installed and maintained at once, leading to great expense.

Everyone was, needless to say, clamoring for a simple to use system to replace this mess. When Seris Electronics launched their nanocircuit technology, allowing secure information storage and transfer via SNFC, Telsco Security Solutions immediately jumped on the possibility of using this new technology to devise a lightweight, simple identity system.

Telsco cooperated with Seris Electronics and their subsidiary, Seris Medical, to incorporate detailed, digitalized biometric data onto a nanocircuit and integrate a SNFC transceiver to allow remote read/write to the circuit.

The result was the modern ID-tag; a simple, lightweight and easy-to-use identification system. It quickly replaced all other solutions and became the de facto international identification system.

Use

The ID-tag is a microscopic circuit coupled with a SNFC transceiver. The two devices are barely visible to the naked eye and can be incorporated or implanted into virtually anything. Most people have their ID-tag in a small plastic card, a piece of jewelry or their PersoCom, but it is also possible to implant the circuit into a fingertip or the palm of the hand.

The tag stores detailed biometric data that can be transmitted securely via the SNFC transceiver for authentication. The biometric data contains details about the individual in so many steps it is near fool-proof. Blood content, genetic data, eye color, iris structure, hand- and fingerprints etc are all stored on the circuit, ready to be read by any checkpoint or authorized reader.

Limitations and exploitation

The system is incredibly secure and while fake IDs exist, they take exceptional skill and equipment to forge. Replicating an existing ID is simpler than forging a new identity, as the new identity either has to be injected into the official system, thus rendering it open for scrutiny, or a hostile malware spoofer must be employed in the tag itself, overloading and fooling the reader. Fusion City has several models of readers and they all have different susceptibility to these kinds of spoofs, requiring forgeries to be tailored for a specific reader model and software.

Off grid life

Police Forces, patrol drones and most corporation security forces have remote readers capable of scanning an ID-tag from a considerable distance which allows them to identify suspects, wanted people and known criminals at a distance. This makes it incredibly hard to hide your identity in Fusion City. In order to properly function in society, one has to have an ID-tag or most things in life will become difficult. You can’t even go buy groceries, order anything remotely and moving around the city becomes a hassle as you’re required to scan your ID to use the Interrail.

But considering the incredible control police forces have over who goes where, one option for criminal elements to remain at large is to not have an ID tag and live “off-grid”. This sub-society of unregistered citizens is larger than the corporations will admit. These people are called “spoofers”, from the act of fooling a security reader, known as “spoofing”, despite them most often not even having an ID-tag in the first place.

Scan shields

Another method of remaining somewhat safe as a criminal element is to install a scan shield, which is an embedded signal shield that protects the SNFC transceiver and prevents it from being read at a distance. These shields aren’t strong enough to prevent a direct port scan or even a Skinner, but it will protect against the long-distance scans from patrol drones and corpsec forces. Of course, having a scan shield is a big red flag, so while they won’t immediately know who you are, they will know you are trouble. For this reason, most scan shields come with a built-in alarm to notify the user of a remote scan attempt.

Parent Technologies
Inventor(s)
Telsco Security Solutions
Seris Medical
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Telsco Security Solutions

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
16 Jan, 2021 12:45

Really interesting article. I like the section about limitations the most, I think, because it makes me think about the different type of people in the world.

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