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Saturday, April 05, 2008

RFID Ecosystems Explored

One thing that frequently came up during the fitting out of innovation centers, one of the things in the 'wouldn't it be nice' realm: Could we at any time easily determine where anyone is or where that piece of equipment was? All this is very possible to do today. RFID antennas can be put at every portal, everyone can carry a tag in their badge, important things can be tagged. After a discussion with the lawyers, and a determination of the cost, we decided not to. A culture of surveillance was talked about. Employees have rights of privacy. The data could be misused. Roland Piquepaille writes about a test underway at the University of Washington, including some video, that shows how this could work ... and some of the findings.

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