Apple’s Find My iPhone “kill switch” feature is one of the selling points of the device that people really like. Google is also currently working on a similar feature to release in their Android software update coming in the fall. With mobile devices getting the remote kill feature it just makes sense that laptops would need one as well. That’s why Intel is working on an RFID-based kill switch for laptops dubbed Wireless Credential Exchange (WCE).
Its chips would communicate with Impinj’s Monza RFID chips to allow remote monitoring of devices via Burnside Digital’s IPTrak software. The end 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. Devices can be scanned using a RFID reader and data from the IPTrak software stored in a cloud-based database and accessed via Burnside Digital’s Windows, iOS, or Android app. In addition to providing security features, WCE could assist in the maintenance of devices, as error logs can be read remotely to diagnose issues.
There’s no word on when this technology could be put into production but it is a long time coming. I don’t have exact numbers but I can only imagine that laptop theft is pretty high. The thieves are not just looking for hardware to resell but personal information to steal identities and personal information too. It’s good to see Intel working on this project along with its partners. I look forward to a final product soon. What do you think of the laptop kill switch? Something you’d like to see built in? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. Our social media links are located to the left of your screen.