[LINK] RFID in Govt, and in People
kim at holburn.net
Tue Oct 3 12:42:19 AEST 2006
On 2006 Oct 03, at 12:36 PM, Geoff Ramadan wrote:
> Libraries are already using RFID for books and security. Though not
> in the way you described. A reader is either at the Counter or is
> in a "self check-out" systems.
> check out.
> I assume you are joking about the clandestine reading?
Not really, a flight of fancy more like. With a directed magnetic
beam former and an rfid reader it wouldn't be too hard.
It's hard to find non-technical stuff on beam-formers:
> Geoffrey Ramadan
> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> I have thought for a while that Libraries would be a great use.
>> for RFID A reader at the door would mean you would just have to
>> walk out with the books and the library could automatically check
>> them out to you! Also staff could locate a miscatalogued book
>> much more easily than now.
>> On the other hand, for privacy reasons maybe it wouldn't be such a
>> good idea!!! I clandestine reader at the door could tell someone
>> what you were reading - but then a government organisation wanting
>> that info could look up the database anyway and I seem to remember
>> a bill that allows ASIO to hack into databases and read and change
>> data legally.
>> On 2006 Oct 03, at 11:13 AM, Geoff Ramadan wrote:
>>> Most RFID inquiries our industry get (including us) are crap.
>>> Most people have no real understanding of RFID and their
>>> applications, and even less understanding of the limitations,
>>> including Government Departments.
>>> We generally find that solutions to customer issues can be found
>>> in other technology means, including barcoding or process changes.
>>> I can quote you one example where a Government department wanted
>>> to RFID tag documents, thinking that they could wave a magic wand
>>> and locate them. What they really needed was a process change, as
>>> their work practices were extremely sloppy with no accountability.
>>> However, there is a growing interest and applications in "non-
>>> human" asset management as indicated in the article.
>>> There is a strong trend towards active RFID tags for "location
>>> based tracking" of assets. Hospitals and Mining being an
>>> excellent example of this type of applications. The assets are
>>> expensive (eg. Medical devices) which are very mobile and need to
>>> be located efficiently, therefore gaining better utilisation and
>>> lowering capital costs, while improving services.
>>> In Government departments I suspect there is an interest in asset
>>> tracking of notebooks.
>>> Geoffrey Ramadan, B.E.(Elec)
>>> Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Australia (www.adca.com.au)
>>> Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)
>>> Roger Clarke wrote:
>>>> SMH/Age Next Section
>>>> 3 October 2006
>>>> Not so smart
>>>> Almost a third of Australian government agencies have set aside
>>>> money for RFID-related projects, despite knowing little about
>>>> the technology, a new survey has found.
>>>> RFID is the short-range wireless technology used in
>>>> 'contactless' smartcards and e-passports.
>>>> Consultants Booz Allen Hamilton interviewed people in 28
>>>> Canberra-based government departments. Fewer than 10% had a
>>>> good understanding of RFID standards, although money had been
>>>> allocated for RFID projects. Three-quarters of respondents plan
>>>> to investigate or use RFID within the next three years.
>>>> [The local Booz site, which uses the suitably sceptical domain-
>>>> name 'bah', doesn't seem to provide any information on the matter:
>>>> [If anyone has any knowledge about what BAH thinks the 21
>>>> departments think they plan on doing with RFID, a posting to the
>>>> list, or an off-list note to me, would be appreciated. There
>>>> are a few potential applications, e.g. in Defence Materiel; but
>>>> most agencies don't actually do the kinds of physical things any
>>>> more that RFID is potentially useful for]
>>>> In addition, the part of the Oz IT Section that operates purely
>>>> as a relay for Media Releases (IT Business) has a breathless
>>>> piece on RFID today.
>>>> Fast track for radio tags
>>>> Ben Woodhead
>>>> Australian IT Section
>>>> OCTOBER 03, 2006
>>>> 5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html AUSTRALIAN businesses are attaching radio
>>>> frequency identification tags to sheep, trains, heavy mining
>>>> equipment and nurses as they take advantage of the technology's
>>>> ability to track assets and people.
>>>> [The report is completely lacking in scepticism. That the
>>>> reporter is prepared to have his name on it is a testament to
>>>> how little self-respect many journos have these days. Although
>>>> I'd better allow for the possibility that 'Woodhead' is a
>>>> pseudonym, intended to convey that the reporter thinks the same
>>>> about this kind of rubbish as the rest of us do.
>>>> [Especially noticeable is the equivalent treatment of people and
>>>> things. There's no distinction at all drawn between tracking
>>>> and controlling gamblers, nurses and prisoners and doing the
>>>> same thing to sheep, cattle, and mining and hospital equipment]
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