Optimal+ CTO Michael Schuldenfrei spoke at the IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security & Trust (HOST) in May to discuss the widespread counterfeiting problem in the electronics industry. Counterfeiting robs IT manufacturers of up to $5 billion in lost profits according to Industry research from KPMG and the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA). The gray market, or the import or sale of goods by unauthorized dealers, continues to grow because of overorders within the supply chain, simple theft and a lack of solid accountability within the supply chain.
Here’s some of the ways real-time big data solutions can reduce the prolific counterfeiting problems in the industry:
- Greatly enhance the traceability of devices within the supply chain.
- Capture and track the DNA of every chip and have a record of that chip that dates back to its origin without additional logic or hardware being added to the device.
- Improve the overall electronics supply chain’s integrity and security by connecting CMs to OEMs through the collection and storage of chip IDs and the “test fingerprint DNA” data from billions of chips.