Tracking With rFID chips..
1984, was and is this science fiction? Or are we coming into an Age were we must be monitored by BIG BROTHER?
This is a collection of resources and links concerning RFID technologies and what we know (the public) about them..
it’s a long page, so be patient…there’s lots of information..
From the Times: PDF Report about Chipped Credit Cards:http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/business/20061023_CARD/techreport.pdf
The Citibank RFID credit card is a radio frequency activated device that replaces the old magnetic strip based credit cards of the past. It’s a pretty neat addition to your keychain, but a bit bulky at the same time, especially if credit cards can be used the same way now. Nevertheless, a handy little payment gadget. Just make sure you can find your keys.
Linear Vs. Circular Polarization
Linear polarized antennas transmit in a straight line, and their orientation to the RFID tags is critical. Such antennas are used for conveyer belts where tags can be adhered to the cartons in a consistent manner.
Circular polarized antennas radiate in a 90 degree pattern and are less sensitive to the tag’s orientation on the package. The radio waves also move around obstructions better than linear antennas. See RFID, RFID tag, RFID printer and RFID-blocking wallet.
Close to the Reader
RFID-based credit cards, ID badges and keychain passes are designed to be brought close to the reader so that other RFID tags in the vicinity will not be accidentally detected. This RFID-based credit card uses Chase’s Blink technology.
Do you have RFID?
To identify VISA contactless cards, look for the wavelike symbol pictured here.
RFID IN CELL PHONES
The U.S. Army plans to deploy in as early as 18 months new RFID-enabled rocks that are dropped by the thousands over battlefields and “listen” for approaching enemies.
Though they look like small, natural rocks they’re actually embedded with microprocessors and listening electronics that are so sensitive they can hear a person stepping on the ground 30 feet away.
RFID CHIP SIZE COMPARED TO A US QUARTER: Pretty small, eh?
RFID IMPLANTS SEEN THROUGH XRAY
HHS announces program to implant RFID tags in homeless
WISCONSIN BANS FORCED HUMAN RFID CHIPPING Groundbreaking Law Spotlights Opposition to VeriChip
Wisconsin’s new law was introduced as Assembly Bill 290 by Representative Marlin D. Schneider (D) and was passed unanimously by both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The law makes it illegal to require an individual to have a microchip implant and subjects a violator to a fine of up to $10,000 per day…
AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS DENIES RFID USE
Crisis PR Firm Disavows Incriminating Video on Eve of Major Conference
On the eve of a major RFID apparel and footwear conference, privacy activists are asking questions about an Orwellian industry video presentation depicting the use of Radio Frequency Identification at an American Eagle Outfitters store. The animated video, created by technology integrator CompEx Inc., depicts how a retailer could embed the controversial technology into clothing and credit cards to secretly identify and track consumers–even deliver targeted marketing messages.
“American Eagle Outfitters has assured us that it is not using RFID in its stores or operations, and we applaud them for that. But consumers need to know that this technology exists and what it could mean for them. We have documentation showing that other companies are looking closely at these types of invasive applications,” said Liz McIntyre and Katherine Albrecht, co-authors of “Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.”
The video shows a consumer walking into an American Eagle Outfitters store, being remotely identified through the American Eagle Outfitters credit card in his pocket, and purchasing items with RFID tags hidden in the store’s branded clothing. The graphic footage concludes with a full-facial biometric scan conducted through a pinhole camera at checkout.
DHS seeks “superior remote ” that “offers significant improvements in performance” over the RFID technology currently being trialed in its U.S. Visit program border security initiatives. The RFI indicates this more potent tracking technology might be used in other initiatives and by other federal agencies.
“While the RFI is directed at border security, we’re very concerned the government will use this tracking technology in our driver’s licenses,” said McIntyre, who is already opposed to the implications of the Real ID Act that passed last spring.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for 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, according to a new book outlining threats to privacy.
Privacy advocates Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre report that DHS hopes to use “Radio Frequency IDentification” (RFID), a controversial technology that uses tiny microchips to track items from a distance.
These RFID microchips have earned the nickname “spychips” because each contains a unique identification number, like a Social Security number for things, that can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves.
DHS has set “several high-level goals” for the reading of RFID “tokens” carried by travelers, including:
• The solution must…identify the exact location of the read such as a specific pedestrian or vehicle lane in which the token is read.
• The solution presented must sense the remote data capture technology carried by a pedestrian traveler at distances up to 25 ft.
• The solution presented must sense all tokens carried by travelers seated in a single automobile, truck, or bus at a distance up to 25 ft. while moving at speeds up to 55 mph.
• For bus traffic, the solution must sense up to 55 tokens.
For a successful read, the traveler should not have to hold or present the token in any special way to enable the reading of the token’s information. The goal is for the reader to sense a token carried on a traveler’s person or anywhere in a vehicle.
Annual Global RFID-ROI Summit: 2008
The World’s Foremost Gathering of RFID Practitioners
Global RFID ROI 2008 is the event bringing together leading RFID practitioners from a broad cross section of industries to give you the opportunity of discovering the real ROI behind RFID implementation.
Taking place 29th and 30th January 2008, this two day conference experience is made up of keynote conference sessions, and interactive workshops covering the length and breadth of the RFID arena.
With access to the most up-to-date case studies and unparalleled networking opportunities, Global RFID ROI 2008 will equip you with the necessary information to take back and implement in your own operation and achieve real business value. Their website: http://www.rfid-roi.com/
HP offers customers a breadth of advanced RFID-related technology, such as tags, readers, middleware and business applications, for tracking, tracing,
ODIN Technologies at 2008 RFID Forum. Patrick J. Sweeney President & CEO … Global Asset Tracking; Contactless Payment Solutions; RFID Limitations
AMERICAN EXPRESS ADDRESSES RFID PEOPLE TRACKING PLANS
Promises Full Patent Review, Tracking Notice, and Chip-Free Option
>> press release…
OOPS! DID VERICHIP HAVE A “SENIOR MOMENT?”
Human Chipping Company Omits Salient Risks from IPO Disclosure
>> click here to read the press release
SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE MEMBER DENOUNCES “NO-SWIPE” CREDIT CARDS
“It’s About Time,” says CASPIAN
>> press release…
Internet News | December 1, 2006 | by Erin Joyce
“RFID sort of lends itself to a surreptitious tracking model, simply because of the way the tech operates, silently and through radio waves. If people have an interest in surreptitious tracking, RFID is a natural candidate.”
>> click here to read Katherine Albrecht’s in-depth interview
No matter where patients go, chip lets hospital know
Surveillance draws praise and worry
“When you get down to it, it’s Big Brother,” McIntyre said, alluding to George Orwell’s book 1984 about absolute government control. “I don’t know how many people want to be monitored 24/7.”
>> click here to read the article
City tests digital limits in SKorea
The Associated Press | November 22, 2006 | by Anthony Deutsch
“Songdo City’s anonymous tracking infrastructure could quickly be turned to new purposes, and its people could become virtual prisoners of their own technological creations…” —Liz McIntyre