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By August 10, 2005Emerging Technology, Wireless


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Smart PlatesAccenture is trying to get RFID into license plates commercially in the states. They are testing their concept on their own parking needs. The plates have a 100% accuracy rate when scanned at speeds under 31mph and within 3 feet to 20 yards. They are currently keeping track of employees parking fees using the systems. If license plates are removed from the car, they shatter. Another company, Hills Numberplates ltd., is trying their product in the UK. They cite potential uses like:

* access control
* automated tolling
* asset tracking
* traffic flow monitoring
* vehicle crime and non compliance
Of course, many people are going to be crying privacy rights and security on this one.



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  • Joe Anderson says:

    So, what on earth is RFID?

  • Garry says:

    yes this will be interesting how this technology pans out. I’ve heard that some of the big players in the grocery world are testing this technology so that we can simply walk up the cash register and instantly know what to pay since all the products will be tagged .

  • Administrator says:

    Joe, when in doubt, wikipedia… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFID

    garry, yeah, i know folks like walmart are looking really hard at rfid for exactly the reaons you are saying: ease, convenience, low admin.

    The controversy starts arising when rfid is exploited after a product comes home. It is said that people are already developing ways to catalogue what’s in your home using RFID. Now that would be a burlgar’s dream come true. Does anyone know if this is true or not? Or if there is some type of removal after sale?

  • Garry says:

    This happened a few years ago and caused quite a stir

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/11/13/walmart_turns_customers_into_rfid/

  • Joe Anderson says:

    Oh – a breach of privacy!

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