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  • Editing Team 10:41 on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Malaysia Speed Up Implementation of RFID Vehicle Registration System 

    Malaysia-e-plat-vehicle-registration-RFID-blogIn order to curb incidences of car theft and other vehicles-related criminal activities, the Royal Malaysian Police is calling on the government and other relevant stakeholders to speed up the implementation of the smart registration number plate system (e-plat).

    The system will be using RFID technology, an electronic device that uses radio waves to speed up the transmission of communication data for the purpose of identifying, locating and sensing the conditions of objects.

    e-plat will be affixed to metal license plates and serve as an electronic identification card to automatically identify vehicles and to verify whether they are properly registered.

    “With the e-plat, we can detect criminals using fake registration numbers and also prevent cars from being stolen,” said Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, adding that the same technology is being used in France and Australia in similar initiatives.

    “Using e-plat on all vehicles will help us reduce crime. In addition, data recorded in e-plat will assist police to detect the criminals and location of the car,” he said.

  • Editing Team 07:46 on April 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SmartMetric Incorporates NFC into Biometric Chip Card 

    SmartMetric-NFC-biometric-chip-card-rfid-blogSmartMetric has incorporated NFC technology into its fingerprint-activated biometric chip card which aimed at financial institutions.

    “This will enable institutions to offer a safer NFC solution than that which is currently available, since the NFC Biometric Card will only be turned on allowing NFC communication to be inactive until the user touches the cards fingerprint sensor,” said Chaya Hendrick, SmartMetric President and CEO, “All other NFC technologies are inherently unsafe in that the device is always on providing hackers the ability to capture the NFC information even while the NFC product is not being used. Smartphones are a good example of ‘unsafe’ NFC systems.”

    The company said that its NFC biometric chip card solution is a more secure option than many on the market today as it is only turned on at the point of transaction, rather than something that is on and connected all the time, leaving itself open to malicious attacks.

    The company is also in the midst of a patent infringement case involving Visa and MasterCard, in reference to contract chip cards and their use in the United States. According to a statement from the company, SmartMetric contends that the use of EMV cards in the U.S. is a violation of its own issued patent. The trial is set to conclude in August of this year.

    Reported previously, SmartMetric recently launched its fingerprint-activated USB keyring, designed for the storage of medical records and information.

    Last year, the company announced it received additional funding from private investors and that another million dollars would be added into the company chest to help fund expansion projects in Buenos Aires.

  • Editing Team 09:25 on April 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Helps You to Find Your Pets 

    NFC-identification-tag-pets-rfid-blogNFC Israel has teamed with printing and packaging provider Tadbik Group to launch FindMyPet, an NFC identification tag for pets.

    After tapping the FindMyPet tag for the first time, pet owners can register their contact details then attach the tag, which also comes printed with a QR code, to their pet’s collar. Whoever finds the lost pet can then tap the tag to see the owner’s contact details while an email is automatically sent to the owner with the pet’s location.

  • Editing Team 10:13 on February 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How RFID-enabled Smart Card Changes Taipeiness’ Daily Life 

    Taiwan-Easycard-smart-card-RFID-blogNowadays, Easycard, a smart card equipped with RFID tag, makes up part of Taipeiness’ daily life. People here use it to open office door, buy coffee at a corner shop, pay for parking, check out a library book, so on and so forth.

    Taiwan introduced its RFID-enabled smart card in 2002, following the examples of Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

    The card was first used on buses and Taipei’s Tube, the MRT. Later it expanded to cover high-speed rail and some taxis, in addition to hospitals, shops, renting bicycle and even on domestic flights.

    Today, Easycard is one of the world’s most multifunctional smart cards. Other cities are now considering equipping their citizens with something similar.

    The card brings countless convenience and benefits to users.

    Most schools in Taipei use the RFID technology, both to track students’ attendance and to reassure parents that their children are safe. For example, when a student arrives at school, he/she touches the Easycard to a sensor at the entrance to the school, and the student’s parents will receive a message, telling them that their child is safely at school.

    Hundreds of shops around Taiwan, and especially supermarket chains 7-Eleven and Family Mart, are equipped with the Easycard payment system.

    The technology reduces the amount of cash in the till, which discourages robbers.

    The Easycard is currently in talks with smart-cards providers in other Asian countries and areas, including Octopus in Hong Kong, Ez-link in Singapore and T-Money in South Korea.

    It could be possible that in a couple of years, you might need just one card to travel around Asia.

  • Editing Team 11:36 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    England: All Dogs in England Must Be RFID-implanted by 2016 

    England-dogs-implant-chip-RFID-blogAll dogs in England will be required to be microchipped from April 2016, for identification purposes. Owners who fail to meet the requirement could be fined up to £500 (roughly $780). In the UK, it is very common to “chip” pets, which is also recommended by most veterinarians. England’s move follows after that of Northern Ireland last year.

    The grain-of-rice-sized RFID chip is inserted between the shoulder blades with a large syringe, and usually contains a 15-digit code comprised of a 3-digit country identifier and a 12-digit serial number unique to the animal.

    This information is then stored in a centralized database that also allows owners to include their contract information and address. Whenever a lost animal is found, it is scanned in an attempt to reunite it with its owner.

    The law won’t apply to cats just yet, for they’re less likely to stray far from home as they’re more territorial animals than dogs.

    The law change won’t affect canine visitors to England, as any animal entering the UK must already be chipped and have proof of extensive vaccinations, or will be refused entry. The UK’s strict immigration laws concerning animal identification and vaccination are largely to do with rabies. The disease is zoonotic, which means it can be passed between animals and humans, and was eradicated from the country in the early 20th century. It remains prevalent in continental Europe, North America, and many other parts of the world, and the UK’s participation in the “pet passport” scheme helps prevent it from returning to British shores.

  • Editing Team 00:23 on December 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID-equipped Feeder Makes Sure Your Pets Eat a Normal Diet 

    Do you have a greedy fat cat who likes to steal the food from all your other pets’ bowls? This feeder could be the answer, with a locked door that only opens when the right cat steps up for some chow.

    Using the same RFID technology as those electronic pet doors, the Gatefeeder cat feeding system has a flap door that only opens when the cat wearing the right RFID tag collar approaches the feeder. This means a cat that often gets bullied out of their food or is on a special diet will always get their meal.

    If you have a lot of fussy cats, you could even get a separate Gatefeeder for each one. At $249 a pop that could get to be kind of expensive, although high cost doesn’t seem to deter a lot of pet owners.


  • Editing Team 09:07 on December 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Stop Worrying, and Embrace RFID 

    stop-worrying-embrace-RFID-blogRadio-frequency identification (RFID) is a convenient technology of using embedded chips as a form of tracking and authentication. It is now fairly common to have pets implanted with RFID chips, so that they can be identified even without a collar.

    As more and more RFID products are being put into use, there has been a number of religious and privacy advocates opposing the technology. Yet in reality, RFID isn’t that scary, and we should embrace it.

    Now, some schools require students to wear RFID-equipped badges so they can track students’ movement on campus for funding and truancy purposes. One of the students in these schools refused to wear the badge on religious and privacy grounds. In response, the school suspended her until she agrees to use the school ID. Thus a legal battle ensued, and a judge temporarily lifted the school suspension until the case can proceed later.

    In fact, these concerns are minor and based on fear of technology. The case mentioned above is just a tinfoil hat situation on a larger scale than normal. Besides, the low-tech method of having teachers taking roll call in class is even more inconvenient and time-consuming. If this was legitimately about privacy concerns, advocates would be against roll call in school as well. Instead, this whole situation is about fear-mongering — not privacy concerns.

    Although there are some issues concerning the technology, specifically relating to other people accessing the information on the chip, this can be solved as the technology advances. Preventing unauthorized access to the chip’s data is a problem, but it can be handled with cryptography. For example, using a PIN or rolling code can thwart evil-doers successfully. Besides, some manufacturers are now concerning biometric technology on mobile devices. In the future, it may become an effective means of identification. But if you are still worried about other people reading your RFID chip, you can cover it in an RF-blocking wallet

    Behavior is the real problem here — not technology. RFID is a useful tool and it’s already being used by big companies like Wal-mart and organizations like the Department of Defense in the United States for authentication and tracking purposes.

    Yes, it’s true that RFID might be abused by some evil-doers, but it’s just like anything else and the technology isn’t inherently bad. After all, common technology like smartphones and tablets are more susceptible to nefarious use. Thus we should embrace RFID and stop worrying about the tech so much. Just give it a break.

  • Editing Team 13:32 on October 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Texas Schools Require Students to Wear RFID ID Cards 

    Texas-school-track-student-ID-card-RFID-blogA school district in Texas has announced that it would require students to wear RFID-enabled ID cards at all times, so that their movement can be tracked while at school.

    Some students are refusing to be monitored, claiming their right to privacy is being violated. As a result, they may not be able to participate in school activities.

    Since Oct. 1st, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, have been asked to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with RFID chips.

    Educators insist that the system is being used to reduce the rampant truancy that can have an economic impact on dollars the schools receive from the state.

    Students who refuse to walk the school halls with the card in their pocket or around their neck claim they are barred from participating in certain school functions. Some also said they were turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries.

    One student said educators have ignored her pleas to respect her privacy and told her she cannot participate in school elections if she refuses to wear the card.

    If the program is judged successful, the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students.

  • Editing Team 15:20 on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Smart Socks” Embedded with RFID Chips 

    BlackSocks-smart-socks-RFID-blogCould you imagine RFID chips in your socks? Well, BlackSocks.com has made it a reality, together with a scanner and an iPhone app, so that you can know everything about… your socks.

    With these RFID chips in the socks, now you can know the whole life story of your socks: how often they’ve been washed, what the “sock ID” is, which sock it should be partnered with, whether it is a left sock or a right sock, whether it is paired or single, when it was made, and when you ordered it.

    If one of a pair of socks is worn-out, you can even use the pairing functionality to mate a new partner for it.

    A 10-pack and the scanner for these socks are priced at $189, which can be ordered online. The app, used to determine the blackness of your black socks, can be downloaded free from Apple’s app store. Yet there is no Android version at the moment.

    Many might doubt the practical applicability of these “smart socks”. Here’s what BlackSocks says: because it would be a disaster if one of your socks paired up with the wrong partner.

  • Editing Team 23:53 on September 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Neste Oil Implements RFID Vehicle Identification at Its Fueling Stations 

    Finnish-automated-vehicle-identification-rfid-blogNeste Oil, a Finnish oil refining company, has launched the FuelOmat Gold automated vehicle identification solution by Orpak at its selected truck fueling stations throughout Finland.

    The Orpak solution, based on RFID vehicle identification, is being offered to Neste Oil’s commercial fleet customers to give better control over their fleets’ refueling, reduce their fuel costs, and enable them to benefit from more convenient, secure, and faster refueling.

    FuelOmat enables fuel to be dispensed only when the nozzle is inside an authorized vehicle’s fuel tank inlet, reducing the risk of misuse. Customers no longer need to use fuel cards at Neste Oil fueling stations. Drivers simply insert the nozzle into their vehicle’s fuel or Adblue tanks and the system automatically authorizes the vehicle.

    Any attempt to remove the nozzle and refuel another vehicle will immediately suspend the process. It is also possible to collect odometer and engine hour data from the vehicle for consumption and maintenance reports and also to prevent unauthorized fuel transfer from the vehicle fuel tank.

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