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Physically unclonable Functions (PUFs): a new frontier in supply chain product and asset tracking

Davies, Jack and Wang, Yingli ORCID: 2021. Physically unclonable Functions (PUFs): a new frontier in supply chain product and asset tracking. IEEE Engineering Management Review 49 (2) , pp. 116-125. 10.1109/EMR.2021.3069366

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We introduce and explore the early implications of an innovative technological development known as Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs). We review the main technological developments of product and asset tracking in the supply chain management field ranging from barcode, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and the Internet of Things (IoTs). We then introduce the PUF: its definition, technical attributes and why it brings unique advantages to product tracking. Several use cases are explored demonstrating how PUFs may add value to supply chains, particularly when combined with emerging technologies such as blockchain. We conclude by discussing potential issues for managers in trying to adopt PUF technology and its limitations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 0360-8581
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 25 March 2021
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 21:40

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