[LINK] Re: RFID in Govt, and in People

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Fri Oct 6 14:02:15 AEST 2006

On 2006 Oct 06, at 1:42 PM, Geoff Ramadan wrote:
> Kim Holburn wrote:
>> On 2006 Oct 05, at 5:38 PM, Geoff Ramadan wrote:


>> Hmmm.... not really answering the point.  The fact is that it is  
>> possible to read these things at much greater distances than the  
>> industry designed readers.  I'm sure there are lots of different  
>> technologies and frequencies involved but none of that precludes  
>> reading cards at a much greater distance than we are being told.
> The standard way to increase read range is by increasing the power  
> to, or gain of the antenna (or both).
> I restrict my discussion to what is legal and conforms to  
> Australian Communications Authority regulatory regime.

Good call.  Thanks.  Unfortunately there are going to be people who  
don't and my interest from a security point of view (mostly out of  
personal interest) is to work how vulnerable I am (I have one of  
these new-fangled passports) to my personal data being read from a  
distance and not necessarily by people who obey the law.

> http://www.comlaw.gov.au/comlaw/legislation/ 
> legislativeinstrumentcompilation1.nsf/current/bytitle/ 
> 77D8F3B91989A8ACCA2571B700835FC7?OpenDocument&mostrecent=1
> In RFID this is 1W EIRP and 920-926MHz this can be upto 4W EIRP.

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