A vision for the future
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Bio: Internet User
Area of Expertise: Advocate/Voice of the People
Topic: Information Infrastructure
Headline: RFID tags will be ubiquitous
Nutshell: RFID tags are here now and they will soon replace most types of day-to-day information exchange between firms: charts, debit/credit cards, identifications, etc.
RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a high-tech tagging currently in use by shipping companies and retailers to track cargo crates and shipments between stores. The technology is simple; each RFID tag has a different signal that can be picked up by an RFID reader. The RFID can contain different information depending on what the user would like the item to transmit. Once the tag is recognized by the reader, the possibilities are endless. Similar technology is used in the open road tolling in Chicago. A tag is embedded in the user’s “I-Pass” which is read by the sensors above the roadway. The tags determine which accounts to subtract the toll money from. In the future, humans will have RFID-tag inside each and every one of us that contains our health information, credit card information, and other access information. In conjunction with these, each and every product in the world will contain a tiny RFID-chip, which is quickly becoming cheap enough in real life. These two systems can be used together in hundreds of new ways:
Date Submitted: 10/1/2008