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Microscopic Chip Could Revolutionize the Way People Shop

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A tiny chip is making big waves in the shopping industry, and it has the potential to transform the way people shop.

You might not notice them on first glance, but many product tags are now starting to incorporate miniscule radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips. These barely perceptible chips can only be seen if you hold the tag up to the light, but their power can be felt almost immediately.

RFID chips can make the entire shopping process much smoother for businesses and consumers alike. They cost just pennies to make, but they could boost the bottom line dramatically.

These chips give each item in a store a unique identifier. A companion RFID reader can then enable employees to quickly find specific items in the store, cutting out customer wait times and making online click-and-collect purchases a lot smoother.

Real-world RFID Retail Applications
Levi’s has already put the technology to good use. Shopping for jeans can be a frustrating experience under the best of circumstances, but when the last pair of jeans in the size and length you need has been stuffed on a wrong shelf somewhere by another customer, that annoyance is likely to reach a fever pitch. Chances are good that you’ll be forced to take your business elsewhere or go home empty-handed.

In the Intel booth at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, Levi’s demonstrated how the chips can help employees quickly zero in on misplaced items or refill ones that have just gone out of stock so they don’t miss out on a single sale.

The G-Star Raw clothing chain has found another clever use for RFID technology. When shoppers approach TV screens in the store with a garment containing the chip, the screen will display more information about the product and give advice about building a complete outfit around it. New Balance and L.L. Bean are following a similar approach, and big retailers such as Target and Kohl’s are now implementing the technology on a wide scale.

As the size and cost of the chips continues to dwindle, their potential uses are expanding well beyond the clothing sector, making this one technology that no business can afford to ignore.

The 5 Questions You Want to Ask About RFID Implants

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People are now paying for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implants from companies like Cyberise.me and Dangerous Things. They are known as body hackers, and they use the chips to open locked doors, log on to their computers, store and share media and start their cars. Here are the answers to the most common questions asked about RFID implants.

1) Are they removable?
The commercially available implants can be removed. There are two kinds however, and one has biocompatible scaffolding, which is meant to facilitate tissue growth and bond the implant with the body. The commercially available ones are covered in glass, so they do not bond with the body, meaning they can be easily removed.

2) Can they break inside your body?

The short answer is yes. However, this is not as big a problem as it may sound. The impact required to break the glass capsule would also be powerful enough to fracture or break bone. So, the fact that you might have some broken glass and a chip under your skin would be a very small concern. There has never been a reported case of a capsule breaking.

3) Do they represent the mark of the beast?
No! It does state in the bible that the Mark of the Beast would be present on a persons’ hand. However, in the book of revelations it states that, “no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark.” This means that if the implant did represent the Mark of the Beast, it would more likely be used for financial transactions than opening cars.

4) Are they safe for MRI scans?
They are most likely safe for MRI scans. Real problems occur when magnets are passed through MRI scanners, but RFID chips are less problematic. The study carried out by the FDA into the scanning machines found that metal implants will heat up when they are in the scanner, and they can also be displaced.

5) Will the government use the implants to track me using space satellites?

Again, the short answer is no. These chips are not connectable to GPS (global positioning satellites), so even if the US government, or the government of any other country, wanted to track you, they couldn’t do it. Unless the government created a very large and powerful reader, but the signal only reaches a few inches.

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Adding RFID to your Business

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If you’re a retailer and still haven’t thought about RFID for your business, then what are you waiting for? How many sales will you lose when a product isn’t on the shelf?

Why Adopt RFID
So, you might be wondering why you should adopt RFID? First, write down your current processes—then, write down your processes, as they would be with RFID. Compare the processes and estimate your ROI—saving time is saving money. Once you’ve established a cause for adding RFID, you can plan your pilot.

Once you decide what you want to pilot, it’s time to explore the wonderful world of technology. Know the basics on what technology can help your business needs the most. You don’t need a fine-tuned solution just yet, just something to get you going.

Product Testing
Take another look at your process documents and decide where and how RFID would be most beneficial. Ask yourself, “what information do I need to prove my business case?” It will become clear what will need to be tagged and then you can start specifying the tags, readers and software you want to test. Make sure your testing environment replicates the actual environment where the technology will be used. RFID can be easily affected by:
• Product/material of the item your tagging
• Packaging materials
• Pallet configurations
• Reader/antenna placement

Record all of your data and once everything is confirmed, it’s time to move on to the actual pilot!

With all the prep work out of the way, it’s time for the pilot. The goal of the pilot is to ensure what you’d want in a final deployment—validate and refine the business case and add in some hard data on what RFID will really provide for you.

Create a process map of your RFID enabled supply chain and tweak/refine as needed.

Once you’ve completed the pilot and are happy with the results, it’s time to get an actual RFID implementation in motion.

Contact Barcoding, Inc. if you need help with your RFID planning or implementation.

NFC Chips Stitched In: The Latest Breakthrough in Clothing Tech

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A team of researchers working at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a solution to embed NFC chips into yarn, that is used to create garments. The applications of this technology include enhancements in retail security as well as stock taking and manufacturing. It could even mean that garments could be tracked on a journey across the globe.

The chips are sealed into micro pods made from resin and added to the yarns, and can be put in the wash and tumble dryer safely. The chips transmit information via tiny copper strands that protrude from either side of the chip. The dimensions of the chip are 1mm by 0.5mm and will be very affordable.

Besides NFC chips, other types such as RFID can be used. The technology can be used in conjunction with smartphones in necessary. Multiple garments may be scanned at once, which should speed up stock takes. A number of companies have expressed an interest in the technology and it could come to market in the very near future.

By using NFC chips, a provision is being made to make items of clothing readable at a small distance by regular consumer communications devices such as tablets and smartphones. RFID chips are more commonly used in retail because they allow for reading multiple items from further away.

The new technology has the potential to be a great benefit to retail companies, by providing a higher level of anti-counterfeiting and theft protection. Potential thieves will not be able to locate and remove the chip without causing significant damage to the garment.

Companies will save great amounts of time by being able to scan an entire shipment at once, without needing to scan each tag individually. This should mean costs for everyone in the retail chain, from consumers to retailers and manufacturers coming down.

The researchers claim that in the distant future the technology could work with smart washing machines and dryers to analyze the load.

It could also allow vulnerable people to be monitored by providing them with RFID enabled clothing or at least retrofitting them in order to look after their movements and welfare more efficiently.

Ultimately, it will be up to each industry to find out how they can best use the new technology, and this is an exciting prospect for the researchers.

IoT and Security

The potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been promoted extensively within the media. Previously, innate objects such as your fridge or shirt, will soon have a chip embedded in them and be able to interact with each other. The benefits to our everyday lives will apparently be exponential, the most important of which will most certainly be in the healthcare industry and devices that enhance our personal safety.

The internet of things functions not only within individual items, but as part of a network of tiny devices, home computers and large servers. Throughout this network, lies a wide range of interests that concern people in conflicting ways. However, it seems that ubiquitous communication between the things we buy will benefit us. But, it is also known that big businesses and the government are using computer systems to accumulate data.

This is all part of what is called the “surveillance state.” Surveillance is carried out in the name of national security by pretty much every global nation and is nothing new. However, what has changed following the digital revolution is the capacity for the collecting and storing information.

While it is illegal for the U.S. government to collect data relating to someone’s personal communications without a warrant, it is legal to collect the metadata from the networks which contains individuals IP addresses and location data, which can even reveal how long we have spent in a certain place and the websites we visit.

With the advent of the RFID chip came the capacity to build the internet of things and the chips can be placed into just about anything. If IoT becomes as big as predicted, it’s inevitable that large amounts of data pertaining to the behavior of individuals within society will be collected, analyzed and stored by anyone with the capability to do so. It will be used not only to see how we are, but predict how we are evolving as consumers and citizens.

The issue is that networked technologies are evolving at a much faster pace than legislature can keep up with, making the first phase of the IoT digital revolution wide open for exploitation. It is undoubted that digital technology can enhance our lives in wonderful ways if we are open to it, but it must be received with the caveat that individuals must lobby to protect any aspect of their identity that is being exploited. While some tech companies are very involved in regards to protecting our data, the IoT revolution is happening too quickly to be able to guarantee “absolute privacy,” to which some may argue there is no absolute right.

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