[LINK] Airport to tag passengers

Adam Todd link at todd.inoz.com
Fri Oct 13 11:09:50 AEST 2006

Now all we need is the Transporter to lock onto the tags and ....

Woops, damn that memory buffer, corrupted again.

At 07:31 AM 13/10/2006, 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.
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>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 system.
>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 
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