Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

Study "Measurement of emission properties of RFID systems (MARS)"

Today RFID systems are used in many fields to identify stored data automatically and quickly. In the future they will be used increasingly for security purposes. The MARS study investigates the susceptibility to attack and therefore the robustness of RFID systems. It deals mainly with the following topics:

  • passive eavesdropping of communications within ISO 14443 and ISO 15693
  • active reading of the tags over large distances
  • active jamming of communication for all systems designated for investigation
  • simulation of a "blocker tag" for the system according to ISO 14443

This document is the first of a series of studies on security features of RFID systems. It presents the results of the investigation "passive eavesdropping of communications in ISO 14443 and ISO 15693 systems".

Download: The study as PDF document (588KB) (in German)

Questions and suggestions around the MARS study: rfid@bsi.bund.de