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RFID has been around for decades. This presentation describes the history and future functions of RFID in everyday life, supply chain, and places most people would never think RFID exists such as in warehouse/distribution applications.
Things that were inanimate objects just a decade ago are now able to develop a syntax with one another, send each other notifications that initiate a chain of commands, and in a certain sense, transcend their functionality. Many people find this idea terrifying, like a bad omen from a dystopian sci-fi reality. Others just think it’s neat that the RFID technology in their smart refrigerator sends a message to their smartphone to inform the user that yogurt’s gone bad. Whatever the case, whatever the opinion, RFID, this strangely old and simple, but advanced technology, will continue to intrigue us long into the future.
Two technologies were patented in 1973:
Mario W. Cardullo patented an active tag
that broadcasts a signal. Charles Walton
patented a passive tag that reflected
back a signal sent to it.
WHAT IS RFID?
The Germans learned that they could
roll their planes and it would
generate a different signal.
The British started a secret project where they
placed a transmitter on each plane that would
receive signals from stations on the ground,
then transmit a signal back identifying it as an ally.
Germans, Japanese, Americans, and
British were using radar to spot
approaching planes, but they couldn’t
tell which planes were enemies and
which were allies.
WORLD WAR II
Los Alamos was also commissioned
(by the Agricultural Department) to
develop a system for tracking cows
and making sure each cow was
being given the proper doses of
medicine and not accidentally
being dosed twice.
In a later version, the transponder was
encapsulated in glass and injected
under the cow’s skin, which is still used
around the world today.
The NFL is using them in several
stadiums and, in 2014, placed two
chips on each player to track
movement direction, distance,
speed, and orientation to gather
additional statistics in real time.
More and more, RFID tags are being used
to track products, from the site where it
is manufactured all the way to the
point of purchase.
While previously, due to cost
restrictions, RFID tags were primarily
used for tracking full pallets and
higher end items, their prevalence
in the industry is growing.
RFID tags can now be used to lead
stock pickers to the exact location of a
particular item, and they can be used
to inventory 20,000 items per hour at
99 percent accuracy, or even higher.
One company has combined
the medical records angle and
the credit card angle and is
marketing it to joggers, so that
they don’t have to carry
medical ID tags and credit
cards with them if they’re out
One group is looking into adding RFID chips
to food to send information about the food to
a personal computer or smartphone, giving
information such as calorie counts, allergen
content, or even potentially telling a smart
fridge when food has gone bad.
Washable RFID tags are in development to
put on things such as hotel towels so that
they can be tracked, both through the
hotel laundering process, and in case they
are stolen. One hotel has used it to
decrease the money lost on towel theft
from $4,000/month to $750/month.
Tagging suitcases so that people can
track their luggage with a smartphone.
It’s been a consideration to make this bag
a rental service - rent the bag, it’s
delivered to your house, you pack it, and
a delivery service picks it up and takes it
to the airport for you.
Mythbusters was forced to cancel an
episode in which they talked about how
hackable and trackable RFID chips can
be. Legal reps from Visa, Discover, and
American Express threatened to pull
all advertising from the Discovery
Channel if the episode aired, and so it
Other theorists suggest that the US government
will use RFID implants/IDS/passports to track
citizens wherever they go and according to what
the New World Order wants.
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