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Intel working on RFID-based 'kill switch' for laptops

"Kill switches" — the ability to remotely render a device unusable to combat theft — are already making an impact in the smartphone world. Now Intel might be bringing the technology to other mobile devices using its SoCs.The chip giant is working on something call the Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE) with a number of partners. Its chips would communicate with Impinj's Monza RFID chips to allow remote monitoring of devices via Burnside Digital's IPTrak software. The result would be that these devices could be controlled to activate only when they reach their approved destination or within a specified location. If they don't reach their destination or leave the approved area, they could be disabled.

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