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RFID Trackers

Articles about radio frequency identification tags and how they are being used.

RFID Trackers Articles

[03/20/2006] ID chip finds few buyers; seller unfazed
“This device is intended to uniquely number humans. It’s embedded in the flesh, and it’s permanent. It can be read without someone’s knowledge and consent,” McIntyre said. “Scanners can be installed in doorways or ceiling tiles to track people’s comings and goings without people even being aware it’s happening. That’s not so far off.” » More

[03/20/2006] Belgians implant RFID chip in tooth
Belgian scientists at the Catholic University of Leuven have embedded an RFID chip into a tooth to show how detailed personal information can be stored. » More

[03/17/2006] RFID: Banned In New Hampshire?
Trade journal Logistics Today, citing reports by AIM Global and the American Electronics Association, say legislation currently pending in California and New Hampshire could have a sweeping and negative effect on the use of radio frequency identification. » More

[03/17/2006] Visa Debuts RFID-Enabled Payment Card
Frame that dollar bill; if Visa and MasterCard have their way, it\'ll soon be an antique. The credit card giants say they\'re moving closer to gaining acceptance in the United States for radio frequency identification-enabled \"contactless\" payment devices that can be waived near a sensor rather than swiped through a card reader. Visa Thursday even introduced a mini version of its device, about half the size of a conventional credit card. » More

[03/15/2006] Use of Implanted Patient-Data Chips Stirs Debate on Medicine vs. Privacy
When Daniel Hickey\'s doctor suggested he have a microchip implanted under his skin to provide instant access to his computerized medical record, the 77-year-old retired naval officer immediately agreed. » More

[03/15/2006] Study Says Chips in ID Tags Are Vulnerable to Viruses
A group of European computer researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into radio frequency identification tags, part of a microchip-based tracking technology in growing use in commercial and security applications. » More

[03/14/2006] Passports with embedded RFID coming to US
RFID advancements are making the technology reach many new possibilities. They\'ve considered putting them in employee ID cards, so there\'s no need to swipe to get past security checkpoints. They\'ve started putting them in student cards in certain regions of Asia, and now it seems that your typical American passport is going to have an embedded RFID chip as early as this October. » More

[03/14/2006] RFID Is Fit to Track Clothes
Wilfried Kanzok, head of logistics for central functions at German retailer Kaufhof Warenhaus, told an audience at CeBIT, the large electronics exhibition in Hanover, Germany, that mass adoption of radio frequency identification technology in the clothing and textile industry will soon be a reality. He said the benefits have been proven, with only a further decline in the price of tags necessary before widespread use can begin. » More

[03/14/2006] Old Big Brother Had a Farm
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a system that would have farm-animal owners and livestock handlers attach microchips or other ID tags to their furry and feathered charges so they could be monitored throughout their lifetimes by a centralized computer network. The National Animal Identification System, as it\'s known, has been in development by the department since 2002, with help from an agribusiness industry group that represents bigwigs like Cargill and Monsanto. » More

[03/10/2006] Couple Implants Microchips Into Hands
Amal Graafstra waves his hand in front of a locked door, and it opens. His girlfriend, Jennifer Tomblin, places her hand inches from her computer, and she is instantly signed on. » More

[03/09/2006] China to issue 1.3 billion RFID identification cards
China\'s Ministry of Public Security (MPS), which oversees the country\'s police force, plans to issue more than 1.3 billion second-generation resident identification cards based on RFID (radio frequency identification) chips, according to an industry analyst at In-Stat China. » More

[03/06/2006] RFID Technology Becoming Omnipresent
Your family dog or cat may have it. So may your library books. You may be paying highway tolls with it, using it to get into your office building or to unlock your car. » More

[03/06/2006] Big Brother is watching ... the childrens\' pig?
Under the guise of public health and national security -- what new federal program isn\'t couched this way these days? -- the U.S. Department of Agriculture has initiated the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The program applies to anyone who owns or handles food animals and livestock, veterinarians included.\n » More

[03/06/2006] RFID-Embedded Police Badges Debut In August
There\'s another crime-fighting weapon being added to law enforcement\'s arsenal, and it\'s not what you\'d expect. Along with handcuffs, guns, and night sticks, cops\' uniforms will soon include badges with RFID chips. » More

[03/03/2006] RFID: Sign of the (End) Times?
The influential consumer advocate has written a new book warning her fellow Christians that radio frequency identification may evolve to become the \"mark of the beast\" -- meaning the technology is a sign that the end-times are drawing near.\n » More

[02/24/2006] Homeland Security Want RFID People & Vehicle Tracking
\"Call it Big Brother on steroids,\" say privacy advocates Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre, co-authors of \"Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.\" The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for beefed up RFID technology that can read government-issued documents from up to 25 feet away, pinpoint pedestrians on street corners, and glean the identity of people whizzing by in cars at 55 miles per hour. » More

[02/15/2006] How to Kill RFID Tags with a Cell Phone
\"We believe that a cell phone has all the ingredients needed to detect these passwords and disable all the RFIDs in the area,\" Shamir says. » More

[02/14/2006] Debate Stirs Over Employee ID Implants
Liz McIntyre, who campaigns against the use of identification technology, said it was dangerous new ground for the company. \"There are very serious privacy and civil liberty issues of having people permanently numbered,\" she noted. » More

[02/13/2006] US group implants electronic tags in workers
An Ohio company has embedded silicon chips in two of its employees - the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as a way of identifying them. » More

[01/25/2006] Coalition objects to RFID chips for driver’s licenses
A coalition of conservative groups and privacy advocates is urging the Homeland Security Department not to include the use of radio frequency identification contactless chips in its regulations for implementing the Real ID Act for state driver’s licenses. » More

[12/06/2005] RFID Helps Feed Parking Meters
A Canadian company is adding RFID technology to its popular pay-by-cellular phone parking application, making a wave of a credit or ATM card as powerful as a fistful of quarters. » More

[11/11/2005] RFID Pitched For Bird-Flu
A California company is marketing its RFID monitoring and surveillance technology as a way to potentially limit the spread of bird flu in Asia. » More

[11/07/2005] BT: Don\'t worry about \'RFID Luddites\'\r\n
The \'one man and his dog\' organisations that are opposed to RFID are not worth worrying about, according to BT » More

[11/03/2005] The RFID crystal ball: Will the chips eventually talk to us, too?
The security applications of RFID are becoming more popular. But the personal information such systems can require is an element of the growing fears that RFID will further erode privacy. » More

[10/28/2005] Chase Rolls Out RFID Credit Cards in N.Y. and Philadelphia
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said Thursday that it has begun rolling out its contactless credit cards, known as \"blink,\" in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. To use the blink cards, customers wave the card near a reader at the checkout line. The reader emits a tone and lights up to signal payment confirmation. » More

[10/26/2005] All US passports to be RFID chipped
All US passports will be implanted with remotely readable computer chips starting in October 2006, the Bush administration has announced. » More

[10/24/2005] RFID in the Postal Service
It all started with active tags being put in a random sample of postal packages, including letters, from many countries to assess the level of service so cross charges between the postal services of different countries could be equitable. This is still done to this day. However, RFID is now used by postal and courier services for many other purposes. » More

[10/17/2005] Privacy groups question RFID use in medicine tracking
As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers the use of radio frequency identification tags to help fight counterfeit prescription drugs, privacy advocates are cautiously watching to be sure consumer privacy isn\'t lost in the process. » More

[10/16/2005] Casinos go high-tech to track gamblers
As if the house didn\'t already have the upper hand, casinos are betting on new technology that lets them read the players better than any savvy gambler. » More

[10/13/2005] RFID promoter can\'t stand being tracked
It\'s apparently okay for RFID tag promoters to watch you apply lipstick from 750 miles away, but not for a privacy advocate to keep an eye on companies using the pesky technology. » More

[10/13/2005] Tagged From Day One
Called the \"Hugs and Kisses\" infant protection system, manufactured by VeriChip, this tracking technology involves a tiny RFID (radio-frequency identification) radio transmitter that is placed on the baby\'s ankle. » More

[10/11/2005] Location tracking -- for people, products, places -- is fast coming into its own
Indeed, consumers are now so accepting of mobile devices such as cellphones that industry analysts predict they won\'t be reluctant to adopt this next wave of newfangled technologies. » More

[10/11/2005] Finland: City of Oulu testing mobile RFID applications
Reading RFID tags by mobile phone speeds up the use of the applications and makes it easier. The information can be transmitted in real time to the city\'s data systems. » More

[10/07/2005] Spychips Sees an RFID Conspiracy
A new book by privacy advocates makes the case that corporations and government agencies are in collusion to put tiny radio transmitters on nearly everything we buy. Companies say it\'s about providing thought leadership, not the Mark of the Beast. \n » More

[07/31/2005] German Police Control World Cup Crowd with RFID Chipped Tickets
German police are to introduce groundbreaking microchip-tracking technology in an effort to stop next summer\'s World Cup being wrecked by hooligans. Although the finals are more than a year away, fears are already growing that the tournament could be marred by widespread violence. » More

[07/31/2005] British Brouhaha: Big Brother Will Soon Be Watching Motorists
A satellite monitoring system will be used for the scheme, which has provoked complaints from motoring groups, environmentalists and civil liberties organizations. U.K. transport minister Alistair Darling wants to see the system being tested within five years and implemented by 2015. » More

[12/28/2004] 30 million cars now record drivers\' behavior
It was only a matter of time. For several years, electronic devices in cars have monitored acceleration and braking to save fuel and improve safety. Now, they\'re saving some of that data to give automakers and police a better idea of how you drive. \n » More




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