Counter-Intuitive Solutions, Inc. (CIS) was
incorporated in 2000 to develop products
and market high-tech intellectual properties.
CIS owns the rights to a key patent in the field of telecommunications security.
Many systems have been used to validate wireless
transmitters. Although some methods are more
secure than others, many systems have flaws
that allow unauthorized access to critical
systems. For instance, one common method
of preventing unauthorized access to systems
is to assign a secret ID number to each user.
When the user attempts access, their ID is
transmitted and compared to a database. If
the "secret" number matches the
one stored in the database, the user is allowed
to access the system. This is what happens
when you log in to your e-mail. In more sophisticated
systems, this is handled automatically, often
in the hardware. A practical example is cellular
telephone calling. When you make or receive
a call, your telephone first sends its secret
numbers to the telephone network. Unless
the right numbers are sent, the system assumes
you're a pirate and ends the call. Unfortunately,
there are many ways to defeat this type of
system. A common way is for the thief to
simply monitor your communication and steal
your numbers as they are sent. Other ways
include the use of insiders to gather names
and ID numbers.
Our patent (# 5,329,591) teaches that, in order to validate
a transmitter, one can obtain an electronic
"signature" or "fingerprint"
of the device. When a user attempts to access
the system, their secret numbers are compared
to the "fingerprint". Since transmitted
"fingerprints" are almost as unique
as human fingerprints, use of this method
can almost completely eliminate identity
fraud from any system. The essence of the
concept is marrying the observed fingerprint
with a transmitted ID. The use of both is
critical to systems with large numbers of
users. Without the use of both the "fingerprint"
and transmitted ID, the system would be too
slow to be useful. Any system that uses observed characteristics
and transmitted IDs is using the 5,329,591
patent and requires a license. CIS offers licenses to companies interested
in manufacturing or otherwise using the process.
The CIS method has been used since 1995 in
the cellular telephone industry and has proven
effective at eliminating up to 95% of all
cloning fraud. If you are interested in knowing
more about licensing the '591 patent, please
call us at (352) 335-6555 or
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