RFID chips. We already have them in our credit cards, so the argument is: why not in our hands? Is it the mark of the beast, as some claim? Is this where Big Brother tightens his cold grasp? Or is this the way through the next phase of our technological era?
Regardless, the RFID is here and rumoured to be for all by 2017. For some, it has surprisingly been amongst us for longer than we were aware of its existence. Below are some ‘human experiments’ that have occurred over the last decade. We’re a lot closer to an RFID in our thumb than we suspect. The real question is: do we have a choice?
Is this where Big Brother tightens his cold grasp? Or is this the way through the next phase of our technological era?
Australia has always prided itself in following in the footsteps of her, ahem, Big Brother. What others see as a pesky sister, some see as the sibling who tries to be the first to win the race – the intentions may (?) be in the right place; but like most children, the consequences are sometime not realized until far too late.
An experimental phase began in the Australian prison system in Canberra, with the opening of a prison called the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). AMC opened its doors in August 2008, bragging about its human rights status. Rather than have their prisoners look through bars; they had uninterrupted views through full-length windows. Overlooking a landscape with no razor wire was a first. The trade-off? Every prisoner and staff member was to wear an RFID chip to provide “real-time prisoner tracking.”
We’re a lot closer to an RFID in our thumb than we suspect. The real question is: do we have a choice?
RFID would interact with CCTV upon a breach in groundbreaking technology. “We’re looking at integrating the RFID system with the CCTV system so that when an alarm goes off, the cameras will point to that position,” project manager Andreas Wullen said.
Not scary at all…right? Just keep telling yourself that.
RFID was introduced into the mining industry to track all personnel. Only for the safety of their employees, of course.
RFID chips were good enough for prisoners, so why not nursing home residents? PresCare, an aged-care service provider introduced a real-time tracking RFID system between staff members and their patients so no one was left stranded and calling for help after a fall. The able bodied residents also had to wear them.
From prisoners who have lost their rights, to the elderly who have lost their marbles, the experimental phase is now in the ‘real-life’ phase. It won’t be long before we follow in Sweden’s footsteps and inject them into our hand so we can use the photocopier. True story!
RFID wristbands of all variety, colour, cloth, and function; are available for the company managing an arena full of people…I present to you AAC ID Solutions.
Their company motto reads: “RFID Wristbands for Access Control, Patron Engagement and Social Media Integration.”
I wonder…”We control complacent patrons while appealing to their materialistic values that identify with fashion, and track their movement while they mind-numbingly engage in Facebook and Twitter.” Now I’m being overly cynical, I admit. But you get the picture; and the Age of Terrorism justifies their action.
They have an RFID perfect for every person and every situation, and they look trendy too! That should plicate the true individual. Will it match my new shirt?
…The Age of Terrorism justifies their action.
“Woven RFID wristbands are ideal for multi-day use, and have been used by some of the highest security events in Australia.” Hmmm, which ones? And please, please tell me why they are needed for a University Open Day or a swimming pool?
Is the RFID becoming the norm? When something becomes the ‘norm,’ it then becomes easier to implement from complacency.
Is the RFID becoming the norm? When something becomes the ‘norm,’ it then becomes easier to implement from complacency. When it’s easier to implement…hang on! Let’s do without these hindering wristbands and just put ‘em in our thumb where they won’t get in the way…
A wristband you can take off. Once embedded beneath your skin…what happens to you and our children then? But that’s for another article on the finer art of physiology and the RFID chip.