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Sunday, September 02, 2012


 
New RFID Technology Approved by Government to Control Employees

Geoffrey M. Gluckman July 03, 2007 Washington, D.C.
 
A new radio frequency identification device developed by ENOCH Corporation, a subsidiary of Lectures And More, Inc. (LAM), has received approval by OSHA as a worksite enhancement tool for employers. Company literature states that the device emits an ultra low radio frequency that helps decrease employee tension in the workplace, thus raising effectiveness and productivity.
According to Dr. Walter Jones, Director of ENOCH, the RF signal sent by the device penetrates the human subconscious and effects cranial regions associated with stress and anxiety.
Immediately, one wonders if such a device could be used to alter the behavior of employees?” asks a Capitol Hill spokesperson, who wished to remain anonymous.

Others have voiced this exact question, but to no avail. Unfortunately, nothing is, as it seems….

 Radio frequency devices (RFID) continue to delve deeper into every aspect of human life, from automatic car starters to sub-dermal chip implants. Miniature computer chips attached with tiny antennae, called RFIDs and smart or radio tags, are capable of broadcasting their data wirelessly to anyone with a RFID reader (diagram). These types of devices have been around since the World War II era, when the government placed transponders on planes. Planes that were friendly gave off a signal, whereas an enemy plane did not. This became known as the Friend or Foe identifier. This program is still employed today. During the 1970’s the federal government used this technology to track livestock and nuclear materials.

This technology has made the process of location and identification of almost any object readily available, even down to mere centimeters, whether in transit or in storage. These devices offer the ability to know where something is, its condition, and to better manage those assets to provide the greatest customer service.

While these little devices are versatile, there are limitations to RFIDs, especially in relation to environment. According to RMoroz (www.rmoroz.com) of Markham, Ontario, a provider of RFID hardware and services worldwide, the conditions a device will be operating in determines the type of device employed.

Today, RFID’s fall into two categories: active and passive.
Passive RFID:

This type requires an external power supply, as it is not contained within. Usually a signal is sent from the reader, which powers the transponder, enabling communication back to the reader. This type of RFID can come with a chip or without. Due to lower costs, passive RFIDs are used for animal identification, where an injectable chip is inserted just below the skin surface. Other uses include security and access management, asset tracking, and electronic commerce.

Passive RFID systems are the most prevalent, employing three types of frequencies. These are: ultra high (300MHz to 3GHz), high (10-15 MHz), and low (125-500 kHz). Each frequency range offers advantages and drawbacks. As RMoroz company documents wisely state, “one frequency does not fit all”. Nevertheless, all three frequencies are employed for asset tracking.

Active RFID:

Neil Young sang, “Rust never sleeps”, and neither does technology innovation. This type of device contains an inherent power source, which allows it to work around metal objects and increases cost per unit. Furthermore, they have larger memory capacity and increased transmittal distance. Until recently the most common usage for active RFID was for tollbooth speed passes, such as on the Dulles Toll Road near Washington, D.C.

However, Silicon Valley company, AeroScout (www.aeroscout.com) has developed a tracking system based on Active RFID, using wireless network standards. In brief, Aeroscout’s small RFID tags can be affixed to products or people and then easily tracked via any enabled wireless device, such as a laptop, PDA, or bar-code scanner.

This wireless-based system allows a company to track and manage assets, process automation, and prevent theft, all through secure transmissions. It can track an asset with a tag or from the device itself, such as a laptop. It is designed to work anywhere, indoors or outdoors, thus meeting varied needs within numerous industries.

While most companies focus on tracking products, federal and state governments will soon be tracking their residents. As of late 2005, the state of Virginia launched an initiative that will imbed RFIDs into state driver’s licenses. As with other security measures, these chips will store important identification data, such as date of birth, social security number, a digital fingerprint copy, and even 3-D facial information. This has drawn much criticism from privacy advocacy groups, especially the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org). Nevertheless, by June 2006, a similar program by the Department of State will be phased in for all passports issued for U.S. citizens. This follows on the heels of an identical program completed by Australia.

Going a step further, in early 2002, Applied Digital Solutions (www.adsx.com) of Palm Beach, Florida unveiled an injectable RFID chip, the size of a grain of rice, called “Verichip”. Company documents state it is a transceiver “that sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by GPS”, which they successfully demonstrated in 2000 at an investor launch. Each chip carries a unique ID number and can be activated by an external scanner, which causes a signal to transmit the data to a telephone number, the Internet, or a storage device. The electromagnetics of muscular contraction power the device, which body tissue surrounds after insertion. In addition, the company claims that this chip is superior to other biometric security measures because it is impervious to tampering.

 In February 2006, two employees of CityWatcher.com in Cincinnati, Ohio were implanted with such a device. However, according to Sean Darks, company CEO, the chip was not intended for tracking, rather to control restricted area access. In such a scenario, the imbedded body part is held under a scanner (reader) and data for entry is communicated, similar to a coded entry card.

 Another related usage occurred after Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, where numerous unidentified body parts were tagged, allowing for enhanced tracking.
The age of tracking humans is in full swing.

 

Is the age of influencing humans through electronic signal that far behind? And will we know when it starts?