March 01, 2005
How does RFID work in schools?
Here's how the InClass system works: A unique 15-digit ID number is written to each tag and associated with the name of the student to whom it is issued. As the students pass through the reader-generated interrogation field under a doorway, the reader sends the tags' unique ID numbers to a central server.
November 22, 2004
Which information is contained on a machine readable passport?
One reader asks a question more people should ask themselves as machine readable passports are rapidly becoming the standard identification documents for international travel, and as remotely readable biometric information is becoming the standard for entry to the US very soon: what information is contained within machine readable passports?
November 08, 2004
ISO standard for tracking of sushi using rfid
Someone arrived at this blog searching for 'iso standard for tracking of sushi using rfid' and in the new answerblog-tradition, I thought I'd shed some light on the topic: [...]
May 18, 2004
Implanting RFID chips in your body
Not unlike what Kevin Warwick has done in the past, implanting an RFID chip in his arm to allow his office/home to recognize him and open doors, turn on lights etc when he is present, nightclub Baja Beach Club in Barcelona has now started ''tagging'' its VIP customers to let them skip the queue and also to pay for drinks etc.
March 02, 2004
The burning 20 dollar bills
Creating instant urban legend (or exposing a previously unpublished implementation of RFID), some people microwaved their new 20 dollar bills after triggering an unspecified ''RFID theft alarm'' when carrying them through.
February 23, 2004
RSA Security unveils RFID ''blocker''
''While an ordinary RFID tag is a simple, cheap (e.g. five-cent) passive device intended as an ''electronic bar-code'' for use in supply-chain management, a blocker tag is a cheap passive RFID device that can simulate many ordinary RFID tags simultaneously. When carried by a consumer, a blocker tag thus ''blocks'' RFID readers. [...]''
February 18, 2004
Why hacking is good for technology development
[...] the more people you have hacking this cheap and accessible technology, the lesser the risk of technology abuse and the quicker we reach the stage where we interact with our objects in ways we wish. [...]
February 17, 2004
M&S tests RFID in UK
UK retailer Marks & Spencer reports on their recent trials with RFID in a store in UK (quite an interesting summary, read it all here [...])
February 16, 2004
The two faces of RFID
[...] the proliferation of RFID tags throughout society could lead to the creation of what Lee Tien refers to as ''the architecture for a surveillance society.'' [...]
RFID passes ''The Mom''-test
InformationWeek.com editor Stephanie Stahl's Mum now knows what RFID is, and is not afraid. Would she be equally content if she knew her WalMart-bought panties were tagged and theoretically traceable?
January 02, 2004
RFID and privacy
[...] I'm not advocating brining out the tinfoil hats just yet, BUT: [...]
September 30, 2003
WalMart goes serious with RFID
Apparently, US Giant retailer Walmart is forcing it's top 100 suppliers to track goods using RFID by 2005. Walmart even seems to track women's panties already!!
July 21, 2003
Machine-readable passports 2.0: Bio-RFID
International technical standards and civil aviation organisations have confirmed that they are working on deploying passports containing details that enable the 'machine-assisted identification' of the passenger, which will be required by travellers visiting the US from October 2004.
January 15, 2003
RFID and Privacy
''Imagine: The Gap links your sweater's RFID tag with the credit card you used to buy it and recognizes you by name when you return.''
November 27, 2002
Online advertising companies, retailers and TiVo collect information about you from thousands of websites, your orders and your TV(!), slowly learning about who you are through studying your interests...