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August 14th, 2012

RFID Implants: Will They Become Mainstream?

At this years Toorcamp, a meetup for Hackers, there was an “implantation station” where, for $30, attendees could get RFID chips implanted into their hands.

The two-millimeter diameter EM4012 RFID chip was implanted between the thumb and the index finger using a high-gauge syringe. Throughout the weekend, a total of eight attendees underwent the RFID implantation of the 500 at Toorcamp. The “implantation station” was out in the open for all to see, and was available to anyone who was willing to sign a liability waiver and pay the fee.

Arnal Graafstra, the man behind the “implantation station,” uses the RFID chips to access his home, turn on his motorcycle and even authenticate his phone, the NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While some may think that hackers would be concerned with privacy, Graafstra insists that the chips he implants are difficult to read from more than a few inches away.

Graafstra keeps his “implantation station” to the confines of Toorcamp for now, but perhaps one day, RFID implants will become mainstream?

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February 3rd, 2011

RFID for BP

In order to prevent another travesty like the oil spill that occurred in 2010, BP is installing a corrosion-monitoring system using RFID for their steel pipes at 11 refineries. BP is able to attach battery-powered wireless sensors to the pipe’s exterior, allowing for remote measurement of the thickness of each pipe’s wall.

Over the next few years, BP plans to install thousands of sensors. Each sensor will send ultrasonic waves into a pipe wall and measure the waves reflected back. Then, the sensor’s RFID chip will transmit its unique ID number and the data at preset intervals. Once the data is transmitted, a servers hosted by BP stores and interprets the information, then making it available to engineers and management online.

Eventually, BP’s refineries could contain tens of thousands of systems in order to prevent pipe corrosion. Obviously, BP is making a big investment in improving their current structure for the good of the world. Let us know what you think about BP implementing RFID technology by commenting here, or on our facebook or twitter pages.

October 5th, 2010

POS Solutions with an iPad?

I recently came across an interesting solution that allows an iPad to be integrated to a store’s POS by simply using an RFID tag, software from Global Bay, a credit card, RFID receiver and RFID antenna, and of course, an iPad. The particular video(below) that I saw used the Zebra RW 220 in order to print customer receipts.

With this solution, retail stores could offer loyalty cards for, let’s say, the top 10% of their customers. The loyalty card would be embedded with an RFID chip, and upon the customers’ entrance to the store, the store clerk would be alerted on the iPad.

Instantly, information about the customer can be automatically retreived, including all of their past purchases. This creates countless opportunities for enhanced buyer experience. With the wardrobing tool that comes with the software, store clerks would be able to assemble outfits with previously purchased items in conjunction with in-store items in order to create a shopping cart, or even a wish-list that integrates with an e-commerce site for later purchases. Should a product be out of stock, there’s even a product locater feature.

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July 20th, 2009

RFID Throughout the World

king fahd rfidThe RFID lab at the King Fahd University is spreading the adoption of RFID technology in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the healthcare sector. By studying patient tracking and medication dispensing, the lab at King Fahd University has developed a system to outfit individuals with RFID-based wristbands in order to improve the level of care given in hospitals.

The lab’s researches were able to design a system to immediately identify patients when they enter the facility’s emergency room by using readers that interrogate the unique numbers on their RFID bracelets. From there, the patient’s medical information would be able to be accessed through the database, and then linked to the unique ID number saved on the RFID wristband, providing doctors and nurses with faster, more accurate information. Ultimately, the lab hopes for robots to be utilized in order to lead patients to their proper treatment rooms.

Researchers at the University also worked on a prototype system in which the same RFID wristband could also be used to give patients access to locket pill cases. Each reader would be connected to a microcontroller that regulates which medication is to be dispensed and when. In addition, status reports could be made about patients and displayed on an LCD screen for the nurse or caregiver to review.

Although RFID still isn’t a fully adopted technology the researchers at King Fahed University seem to be making strides toward utilizing the technology to their full advantage.

July 10th, 2009

RFID Chips in Cell Phones

At a recent conference in Stockholm, Ericsson’s vice-president of systems architecture predicted that in a few years, every new cell phone will be enabled with near field communication, a two-way bi-directional RFID communication link that will allow phones to work as a tag or a reader.

The RFID chips inside the mobile devices will be placed in a secure environment on the SM card, where secure elements can be downloaded. With this technology, it would be quite possible for cell phones to also become the keys to your car or house, a credit card, or concert ticket.

In addition, a mobile phone with RFID chip could become a means of fraud detection via mobile user location data and IP mapping to decipher whether a transaction is taking place in the vicinity of the card holder. Another example of how this technology could be used is by creating real-time traffic maps by analyzing the speed of the mobile phones, creating dynamic travel information for GPS services.

While RFID chips in cell phones are not currently be implemented in any of the aforementioned ways, it’s only a matter of time before they are in all cell phones!