Two interesting RFID articles

By David
November 9, 2004

Roy Want has an informative article in October’s Queue:

Many modern technologies give the impression they work by magic, particularly when they operate automatically and their mechanisms are invisible. A technology called RFID (radio frequency identification), which is relatively new to the mass market, has exactly this characteristic and for many people seems a lot like magic. RFID is an electronic tagging technology (see figure 1) that allows an object, place, or person to be automatically identified at a distance without a direct line-of-sight, using an electromagnetic challenge/response exchange. Typical applications include labeling products for rapid checkout at a point-of-sale terminal, inventory tracking, animal tagging, timing marathon runners, secure automobile keys, and access control for secure facilities […]

And Simson Garfinkel has written an interesting piece for MIT’s Technology Review:

[…] Two years ago, I called upon the RFID industry to adopt an RFID consumer “Bill of Rights” in which the industry would pledge to refrain from various nefarious practices, such as hiding RFID chips in clothing or other consumer products without notification and having secret RFID readers, as well as giving consumers the option of having chips deactivated in products that they purchase. Those recommendations are reflected in the “Guidelines on EPC for Consumer Products” on EPCglobal’s website. But these guidelines are significantly watered down from what I proposed […]