[LINK] Airport to tag passengers
kim at holburn.net
Fri Oct 13 10:54:41 EST 2006
It's looking like a small pack of aluminium foil is going to become
an important travel accessory.
On 2006 Oct 13, at 7:31 AM, Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Note the stated reading range of these tags
> Airport security chiefs and efficiency geeks will be able to keep
> close tabs on airport passengers by tagging them with a high
> powered radio chip developed at the University of Central London.
> The technology is to be trialled in Debrecen Airport in Hungary
> after being in development for two-and-a-half years by University
> College London as part of an EU-funded consortium called Optag.
> Click here to find out more!
> Dr Paul Brennan, of UCL's antennas and radar group, said his team
> had developed a radio frequency identification tag far in advance
> of any that had been used to now to label supermarket produce.
> People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they
> get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their
> identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their
> activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras.
> "[The tags] have got a long range, of 10m to 20m," said Brennan,
> "and the system has been designed so the tag can be located to
> within a metre, and it can locate thousands of tags in one area at
> a given time."
> RFID tags can normally only transmit their presence to readers a
> few centimetres away, while their location is difficult to grasp.
> The project, called "Improving airport efficiency, security and
> passenger flow by enhanced passenger monitoring," is using €2m of
> European funding so airports can herd people through the airport
> Colin Brooks, Optag co-ordinator, said the trial would determine if
> the tags would be feasible in the light of obvious problems, such
> as the possibility that people might ditch their tags to avoid
> detection, or swap them with another person.
> One solution might be to require people to use their tags to get
> through gates placed throughout the airport, he said. Perhaps a
> little like a shepherd might gate off his pasture and check the
> tags on his sheep as they passed into this field. ®
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