Japanese authorities decided to start
chipping schoolchildren in one primary school in
Osaka a couple of years ago. The kids' clothes and
bags were fitted with RFID tags with readers
installed in school gates and other key locations to
track the minors' movements.
Legoland also introduced a similar scheme to
stop children going astray by issuing RFID bracelets
for the tots.
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Thirsty students can escape the busy bar and
still get a pint thanks to RFID tables that deliver
The high-tech bar is fitted with
touchscreens so students can get a round in, order a
taxi or even chat-up someone at the next table. See
snaps of the RFID bar
Fulham Football Club:
Fulham FC has started issuing RFID-enabled
smartcards to fans to cut queues at the turnstiles
and increase safety around the stadium.
Around 20,000 of the smartcards
have been issued to mainly season ticket holders and
club members and contain data on matches each
cardholder has paid for. See shots of the technology
around the stadium
It was also suggested by boffins at University
College London that
air passengers should be RFID-tagged as they
mingle in the departure lounge to improve airport
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RFID has also made an appearance in the
army to try and reduce casualties from 'friendly
Last year Nato's Operation Urgent
Quest exercise tested the potential of a number of
combat identity systems under battlefield
conditions. See photos of
RFID in action here.
In an effort to trim clinical errors, hospitals in
New York and Germany
have been tagging their patients. Visitors to
the hospitals are given RFID-chipped wristbands to
wear which are scanned by medical personnel to bring
up their records and make sure the patients are
given the correct dosages of drugs.
The same clinic which tags its patients is also
tagging blood. No vampire-pleasing effort this,
Klinikum Saarbruecken is using the tags to make
sure the right blood reaches the right patient.
Nurses will be able to scan the tags using
reader-equipped PDAs or tablet PCs and check that
the blood data matches the information held on an
RFID-tagged bracelet worn by the patient.
The National Patient Safety
Agency in the UK
is also considering a similar move.
Marks and Spencer has long been associated with
being at the forefront of flogging ladies' undies.
It's also now at the forefront of item-level
chipped some of its men's clothes. The retailer
has avoided questions of privacy protection by
attaching the tag to a label on the suit that can be
M&S has now
extended the trials nationwide.
One of the more controversial applications is
soon-to-be mandatory use of RFID in passports. The
US is leading the way
in deployments and the UK isn't
As well as the obvious privacy
fears that surround such rollouts, experts have
questioned how secure the passports are
with some claiming to have cracked and cloned
The first item-level rollout in Europe has already
in Dutch book store BGN. Each of the books in
BGN's Almere store is chipped and a second store, in
Maastricht, will soon go the same way, allowing the
retailer to track each book from its central
warehouse to the shop floor.