RFID chips boost tracking, spark controversy
Why hand over your credit card to cashiers when they could scan your plastic while it’s still in your wallet?
Or what if you could make a purchase by waving your handâ€”with a chip implanted just beneath your skinâ€”over a wireless reader?
If RFID (or “radio-frequency identification”) sound like the stuff of science fiction, consider the fact that the EZ Pass tag on your windshieldâ€”the one that lets you fly through highway toll boothsâ€”have RFID to thank for their abilities.
RFID chips: They’re everywhere!
RFID tags are also found in passports (if you were issued a U.S. passport in the past year or so, chances are there’s an RFID chip in there), library books, jewelry, credit cards, and even garbage trucks (Links to an external site.).
Think of an RFID tag as a barcodeâ€”except instead of a pattern of lines that must be scanned up close, RFID tags actually transmit their data to readers anywhere from inches to hundreds of yards away (the range depends on the chipâ€”and useâ€”involved).
Smaller, “passive” RFID tags are tiny enough to fit under a sticker or actually be implanted (ouch!) beneath the skin.
More complex “active” RFID tags, on the other hand, come with their own power sources, have longer ranges (hundreds of yards, in some cases), and can take readings on temperature, humidity, and other environment factorsâ€”an ability that comes in handy when it comes to tracking, say, perishable goods such as produce.
Inventory tracking, made easy
Indeed, RFID tags are making headway in the field of inventory control, allowing vendors (such as Wal-Mart and Rite Aid, among many others) to instantly track their stockâ€”and in some cases, detect if goods have been exposed to harmful temperatures, vibrations, shocks, or even light.
Same goes with library books. Using the latest RFID tags and readers, librarians can scan and track entire stacks of books at onceâ€”a much less time-consuming prospect than pulling out individual volumes to read their barcodes.
In addition to being embedded in passports and credit cards, RFID tags have been sewn into school uniforms (Links to an external site.)to track children, implanted in hospital patients to prevent accidental treatments (although only a handful of patients (Links to an external site.)have agreed to be “chipped”), and even swallowed (Links to an external site.)(ewww!) to track the effectiveness of medication. And get thisâ€”clubs in Scotland and Spain have chipped party-goers (Links to an external site.)who’d rather not bother with paying cash for drinks.
Hold still, this won’t hurt a bit
Naturally, the idea of humans with RFID tags implanted in their skin leads to fear of Big Brother, tracking our every moveâ€”not to mention the fact that surgically implanted chips are, by their very nature, creepy.
There are also plenty of security issues to considerâ€”namely, what if someone managed to sniff out your passport’s RFID tag (Links to an external site.)and swipe your identity? Or your credit card number (Links to an external site.)?
In fact, as RFID tag technology has improved, so have covert RFID readers, which can read at a distance RFID tags that were designed to work only at close range (such as those in passports).
Hackers are also getting quite good at cracking the encryption in RFID-enabled smart cards, as students and researchers at the University of Virginia recently proved (Links to an external site.).
Meanwhile, health concerns about human RFID implantation have cropped up, with some studies showing cases of chips causing tumors in lab animals (Links to an external site.). The FDA approved human RFID chipping (Links to an external site.)back in 2004.
Whatâ€™s your take? Like the idea of being able to buy your groceries with a wave of your hand? Or does the idea of an RFID implant make your skin crawl?
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