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Google Wallet: one year later (NFC and RFID)

The rumors and leaks go back a bit further, but it was a year ago today that Google officially revealed its Google Wallet mobile payment service -- a platform that the company is still betting big on, even if it may be slightly reconsidering the way it does business. While it might not have taken off quite as quickly as Google would have liked, the past year has still been a fairly eventful one for the service -- albeit occasionally for reasons the company would prefer you forget -- and the next year proves to be even more challenging as the service faces increased competition. Read on for a look back at how we got here, and what lies ahead for both Google Wallet and mobile payments in general.

The History

Of course, while Wallet is Google's first big push into mobile payments, it is far from the first. Mobile payments have been "the future" of payments for decades now, long before the days of smartphones equipped with NFC (or Near Field Communication). Early attempts in the 1990s from companies like DigiCash focused not on phones, but on standalone "smart cards," which promised better security, no transaction fees and more convenience than traditional credit cards -- one day we would use them not to just pay for items at a store, but from our home computers as well. E-cash for an e-economy.

With the rapid rise of cellphones, though, came a push for mobile commerce, or "m-commerce," an effort that really began to pick up steam in the early 2000s when mobile payments were not just the realm of upstarts, but big players like Nokia (which would continue to push its own efforts throughout the decade). Our phones would be the one device we used for everything: they'd open doors, get us on a bus or subway, and let us pay for anything, anywhere. In many ways, that's still the goal we're working towards, and one that's slowly starting to become a reality.
 
The Launch

The launch of Google Wallet was a typical, modern day tech event. The press assembled on short notice for a presentation filled with slides, demonstrations and much walking back and forth on stage -- partners were trotted out, promises were made and lots of questions were left unanswered. The launch event also marked the start of a very slow rollout for the service itself. Just one phone on one carrier was announced at the event -- the Sprint Nexus S 4G -- and the service launched only in limited trials in New York and San Francisco, with a vague "summer" date given for a broader rollout.

The launch of the service also brought a dispute with PayPal out into the open, with that company filing suit against Google the very day of the event, alleging that former PayPal executive Osama Bedier misappropriated the company's trade secrets in developing Google Wallet. PayPal further alleged that Stephanie Tilenius, also formerly of PayPal, violated the terms of her contract in recruiting Bedier. Google said it would defend itself against those charges at the time, but little has emerged about the lawsuit since, and PayPal itself is continuing to pursue a number of mobile payment initiatives.
 
The Devices

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In the past year, the lineup of devices supporting Google Wallet has expanded a bit, but not all that much. In addition to the Nexus S, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and LG Optimus Elite (also available on Sprint's Virgin Mobile prepaid brand) all support mobile payments with Google Wallet. You can also use the service with an unlocked Galaxy Nexus, albeit only on AT&T and T-Mobile (as Verizon has deemed fit to block it). Key to all of those phones is a built-in NFC chip, which has become the de facto standard for mobile payments in recent years. NFC itself is an extension of RFID technology (Radio-Frequency Identification), which was the basis for a number of earlier mobile payment efforts.

No fewer than 10 Google Wallet-supporting devices in all have been promised for this year -- but, again, Sprint remains the sole carrier (more on what the other big carriers are up to later). There was talk from the launch event of expanding the service through NFC stickers that could be attached to any smartphone, but this hasn't yet panned out.
 
The Partnerships

While it may be a bit short on carriers and phones, Google has fared a bit better when it comes to partners on the financial and retail sides. It's teamed up with MasterCard to allow for payments via hundreds of thousands of PayPass terminals at stores across the United States. There's also no shortage of retailers who have signed on to offer not just mobile payments, but coupons and loyalty credits as well -- Walgreens, Toys R Us, Macy's, The Gap, and Foot Locker, to name a few, with more promised.

Unfortunately, while MasterCard allows the service to be accepted at plenty of retailers, you still need a Citibank MasterCard to get the most out of it. Other cardholders can use the service, but you'll need to regularly top up your Google Wallet account rather than draw funds directly from your credit card. There's no word on any further expansion in that area just yet.
 
The Competition

Google faces a number of challenges on the road to widespread adoption of the service, not the least of which is some increased competition. Its biggest rival by far (at least in the US) is Isis, a joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon that's challenging Google and Sprint head-on -- offering the same contactless payments, coupons and loyalty cards, with an NFC-enabled smartphone handling all of the transactions. Also like Google Wallet, it's starting out slow, with trials in just two cities this summer (Salt Lake City and Austin), and a limited, but growing, number of credit card partners (currently including Chase, Capital One and American Express). Perhaps its biggest advantage over Google Wallet, though, is the promise of far more supported phones (from virtually all of the big manufacturers, Apple aside) on all three of the aforementioned carriers.

The company would also face several challengers if it intends to compete on an international level. A group of the UK's biggest carriers are forming their own Isis-like joint venture, Rogers and CIBC recently announced an initiative of their own in Canada, and various other partnerships and solo efforts are starting to sprout up around the globe before Google even gets its foot in the door.
 
The Future
 
So what will year two of Google Wallet look like? That's still very much a guessing game at this point, with Google itself staying relatively mum on any future plans beyond those aforementioned (but still unspecified) new devices and additional retail partners. The Wall Street Journal did recently report that Google may be considering a shift in strategy, however, with it possibly either sharing revenue with carriers in order to bring more on board or even side-stepping the carriers altogether and instead working directly with retailers to manage transactions. What is clear, though, is that this next year will likely be the most interesting time yet for mobile payments -- an area that, for all its progress, is still really just beginning to get off the ground.
 
Bron: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/26/google-wallet-one-year-later/
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INTRODUCTION TO RFID
UHF (Ultra High Frequency) RFID Standards and Frequencies

In the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) band, where RFID tags work according to the principles of the electromagnetic coupling, the most popular technology at the moment is the one based on the ISO 18000-6C protocol, best known as EPC Class 1 Gen 2 or for short Gen 2. The EPC Class 1 Gen 2 standard was proposed by the private organization EPCGlobal and then adopted in 2006 as the ISO 18000-6C standard by the International Standards Organization (ISO).

The EPC Class 1 Gen 2 standard was created to address some issues of previous UHF RFID standards conceived for logistics applications (such as the ISO 18000-6a and the ISO 18000-6b). The new standard was developed specifically to track fluxes of goods between different companies and across all world regions with good read performance in environments with a high density of tags.

According to the standard specifications, EPC Class 1 Gen 2 tags have four memory banks: reserved, EPC, TID and user memory. The EPC bank, typically 96 bit in size, is the one that mainly characterizes EPC Gen 2 tags. It allows to univocally identify an enormous number of objects and controls anti-collision and wake-up functions. Since the EPC number is programmed by the user, more and more Gen 2 RFID tags in the market, as well as tags of other technologies, have a unique serial number that is set at the factory by the IC manufacturer and is inalterable in order to make the tag really unique. This feature is particularly important in applications where counterfeiting is an issue.

EPC Gen 2 RFID tags work in the frequency band that goes from the 860 MHz to the 950 MHz, but there are three main frequency sub-bands used in different geographical regions:

- Europe, India, Middle East, Africa: 865-868 MHz (ETSI)

- US (plus South America and some regions of Asia): 902-928 MHz (FCC)

- Japan: 950-956 MHz (JPN)

There are EPC Gen 2 tags that are designed to work well across the entire 860-950 band and others that are optimized to provide the best performance in a specific sub-band.

The majority of EPC Class 1 Gen 2 tags on the market are passive tags, but Gen 2 BAP tags and semi-passive Gen 2 RFID tags are also available.

Passive UHF Gen 2 RFID tags – Common advantages:
- Global functioning.
- Read range from a few centimeters (UHF near field) to more than 10 meters.
- Lower costs of labels in comparison to HF labels in good volumes.
- Good performance in data transmission and in environments with high tag density.

Passive UHF Gen 2 RFID tags – Common disadvantages:
- Difficulties with liquids (absorbing materials) and as well as in proximity to animals and the human body.
- Problems in the presence of metals (reflecting/detuning materials) and when attached to metal surfaces if not specifically designed for this kind of usage.
- Smaller memory sizes in comparison to passive HF RFID tags.

BAP and semi-passive UHF EPC Gen 2 RFID tags – Common advantages in comparison with passive UHF Gen 2 RFID tags:
- They offer longer read ranges (BAP tags, few dozens of meters).
- The battery power helps with liquids.
- Extra sensors (semi-passive RFID tags).

BAP and semi-passive UHF EPC Gen 2 RFID tags – Common disadvantages in comparison with Passive UHF Gen 2 RFID tags:
- Higher costs than “comparable” passive technologies.
- The battery can limit their usage in some extreme environmental conditions.

Thanks to their common characteristics and the wide variety of models designed for specific applications, passive UHF tags are those that can be used in the largest range of applications: retail, pharmaceutical item tracking, books and media management and above all, warehouse management, industrial supply chains and many other applications where long read ranges, resistance to harsh environments and low costs are required.

UHF BAP tags are a good choice when longer read ranger are needed or when the presence of liquids can make it difficult to use passive UHF tags.

Semi-passive UHF tags are used when there is a need for extra sensors in order to measure environmental condition parameters. Their most common application is for temperature monitoring in cold-chain applications.

Another standard that works in the UHF frequency band is the ISO-18000-6b. It is falling into disuse in favor of Gen 2 standard because of the way the memory is organized. ISO-18000-6b RFID tags are not suitable for tracking goods moving from one company to another with high speed read. Nevertheless, they continue to be used in several closed-loop applications where UHF read ranges and great quantity of user memory are required.

Another RFID standard in the UHF frequency band is the ISO-18000-7, an active RFID protocol that works at 433 MHz that is also promoted by the DASH7 Alliance, a consortium that is working to create a new wireless sensor networking technology that has evolved from a combination of existing radio-frequency identification and sensing technologies.

ISO-18000-7 active RFID tags – Common advantages:
- Global functioning.
- Thanks to their working frequency, they have less problems with metals and liquids in comparison to UHF passive RFID tags.
- Long read ranges.
- Low battery consumption for longer durability.

ISO-18000-7 active RFID tags – Common disadvantages:
- As all tags with a battery, ISO-18000-7 RFID tags have higher maintenance costs than “comparable” passive technologies.
- The battery can limit their usage in some extreme environmental conditions.

Like other active RFID tags that work at higher frequencies (usually at 2.45 GHz and 5.8 GHz) and are based on proprietary protocols, ISO 18000-7 RFID tags are used in indoor and outdoor Real Time Location Systems, in applications where long read ranges are required and where measurements of environmental conditions have to be made.
 
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Chip in kenteken: geen ontkomen meer aan
 
De Nederlandse overheid gaat onze kentekenplaten massaal chippen. Daar lijkt geen ontkomen meer aan. Eind vorig jaar leurde een VVD’er al met dit idee, en nu komt ook de RAI Vereniging met een advies aan minister Schultz om de RFID-chip op grootschalige wijze te implementeren in auto’s. Een ultiem middel om totaalcontrole op de weg te verkrijgen in de strijd tegen benzine- en autodiefstal.
De chip van het type RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) leent zich goed om op afstand op een simpele manier te worden uitgelezen. Elke chip in het kenteken krijgt een unieke code die, samen met de cijfer/lettercombinatie op de plaat, voor een unieke identiteit zorgt. Alsnog fraudegevoel door middel van jatten zegt u? Ook daar hebben ze wat op gevonden. Iedereen krijgt namelijk nog een klein ‘kenteken’ achter de voorruit, dat ook weer voorzien is van een RFID-chip. Als dit plan er komt moeten we dus verplicht ZO’N STICKER opplakken.

Agenten en bijvoorbeeld pomphouders kunnen op een afstand van ongeveer 20 meter de chip uitlezen met een scanner (á duizend euro) en zien dus direct wat voor vlees ze in de kuip hebben: staat de auto als gestolen geregistreerd & kloppen de kentekengegevens wel of niet.

Stichting Aanpak Voertuigcriminaliteit vermoedt dat er dankzij het chipkenteken honderden auto’s minder verdwijnen, omdat de omgekatte exemplaren direct door de mand vallen bij een controle. Tenzij ook de voorruit met het mini-kenteken wordt overgezet natuurlijk. Of die RFID-chip wordt gekraakt & vervalst. Want echt waterdicht zijn systemen van de overheid in combinatie met chiptechnologie nou ook weer niet.

Wie denkt dat dit plan onhaalbaar is heeft het mis. Een collectief gevormd door de RAI Vereniging, RDW, ANWB, BOVAG, het Korps landelijke politiediensten, openbaar ministerie en de producenten van nummerborden hebben allen hun zin gezet op het chippen van kentekenplaten. Die semi-digitale gele plaat komt er dus gewoon. Of u dat nou wil of niet.

Het invoeren van de chipkentekens zou 17 miljoen euro kosten, en een besparing van 70 miljoen euro voor het bedrijfsleven alsook de overheid moeten opleveren. En we zijn allemaal weer een stukje zichtbaarder op de overheidsradar. Maar aan de andere kant: brandstofstelende mafketels wordt het zo een stuk moeilijker gemaakt. (via Telegraaf)
 
 
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School gaat leerlingen via RFID-chip volgen
27 mei 2012
 
Een Amerikaans schooldistrict is van plan om leerlingen via een RFID-chip in hun studentenkaart te volgen, om zo nauwkeuriger het aantal leerlingen te kunnen tellen. Volgens schoolfunctionarissen helpt dit bij het beter in kaart brengen van de leerlingenopkomst, wat deels voor het budget verantwoordelijk is dat de scholen van de overheid krijgen. In eerste instantie wordt er bij twee scholen gestart. Als de test een succes is, zal die onder alle scholen in het Northside Independent School District worden uitgerold, wat betekent dat zo'n 100.000 leerlingen te volgen zijn.

"We willen de technologische mogelijkheden benutten om scholen veiliger te maken, zodat we te allen tijde weten waar onze leerlingen zich op school bevinden, en om de inkomsten te laten toenemen", aldus woordvoerder Pascual Gonzalez. "Ouders verwachten dat we altijd weten waar hun kinderen zijn, en deze technologie helpt ons daarmee."

Kosten
De chiplezers op de scholen en in de schoolbussen kunnen de locatie van een leerling bepalen, maar zouden ze niet kunnen volgen zodra ze het schoolterrein verlaten. Daarnaast zou alleen geautoriseerd personeel toegang tot de informatie hebben.

De kaarten gaan zo'n 10 euro per leerling kosten. Het opstarten van het pilotprogramma kost 420.000 euro en nog eens 100.000 euro per jaar om te onderhouden. Aangezien het schooldistrict 140.000 euro per dag misloopt door afwezige kinderen, zou het programma zichzelf moeten terugbetalen.
 
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Lavaur. "Pouvoir et contrôle des individus"
 
 
 
 
Une projection-débat avec PMO (Pièces et main-d'œuvre) se déroulera le mercredi 4 janvier à 20 h 30 à la Halle aux Grains de Lavaur. Le progrès de la société industrielle c'est la croissance, une croissance qui menace les équilibres écologiques encore existants.
 
Il s'agit dès lors pour la gouvernance de trouver les moyens de rendre acceptables les nuisances du développement. Parmi les dispositifs disponibles pour y parvenir, tout l'arsenal de la société de contrainte. « L'observatoire de l'évolution » et l'association « Et si on en parlait » présentent: « Comment s'opposer au contrôle des individus par le pouvoir ?»
Ce qu'on nomme la crise (et qui n'est que le dépassement des limites humainement raisonnables de la croissance industrielle) impose à la gouvernance de disposer de moyens toujours plus sophistiqués de contrôle du vivant et des populations ; d'où la nécessité de la société de contrainte
 
Projection de « RFID : la police totale » un film de 28 minutes contre la tyrannie technologique et l'avènement de la société de contrainte. Quant à la contrainte, il ne faut entendre par là ni plus ni moins ce que le Robert et le Dictionnaire étymologique du français en disent.
 
Nous ne jouons pas sur les mots. Contrainte, nom féminin dérivé au XIIe siècle du verbe contraindre pour signifier 1) une violence exercée contre quelqu'un, une entrave à la liberté d'action. 2) Une règle sociale, morale, obligatoire. Le mot vient d'une racine Indo-européenne *streig- « serrer », d'où stringere en latin, strictus, constringere « lier étroitement ensemble » ; constrictio « resserrement » et constrictius, qui resserre, tel le boa constrictor. C'est cela. C'est exactement cela.
 
Serrer, resserrer, lier étroitement en un filet constricteur. En vain aurions-nous cherché un mot plus apte à nommer les nouveaux modes d'organisation de l'ordre public.
 
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press release
Jan. 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m. EST
 
RFID HUMAN
 
VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation's VeriChip Technology Is the Original Universal Patient Identifier to Address National Need for Rapid, Accurate Access to Critical Patient Data
Cleared by FDA in 2004, the VeriChip RFID Implantable Microchip Is Guaranteed to Always Be with a Patient to Securely Identify the Patient and Their Personal Medical Information
 

 

 

        DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Wall Street Journal Article HighlightsNeed for Patients to Have Unique ID Number for Medical Records
 
VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation ("VeriTeQ"), a leader in implantable, radio frequency identification ("RFID") for humans and animals, and Connectyx Technologies Holdings Group, Inc. ("Connectyx") (CTYX.PK) announced today the companies offer best-of-breed solutions for emergency access to rapid, accurate patient data that address the need for universal patient identifiers (UPIs) and patient-controlled personal health records.
 
The purpose of a UPI is to uniquely and properly identify a patient for appropriate medical care. With its VeriChip, a radio frequency identification (RFID) implantable microchip, VeriTeQ provides the first and only solution for an opt-in UPI that is guaranteed to always be with a patient. The FDA-cleared VeriChip is a passive RFID microchip the size of a grain of rice that stores a 16-digit number and is implanted just underneath the skin. When a proprietary handheld reader is passed over the area where the microchip is implanted, the 16-digit number is displayed on the reader, and can then be used to access a secure, web-based personal health record.
 
Advocates of UPIs reason that the unique identification numbers can link patient information across multiple electronic medical records systems; enhance patient control and privacy over their information; improve the speed and quality of medical treatment; reduce medical errors by properly identifying patients and their medical data; decrease medical identity theft; and, ultimately, lower healthcare costs. In fact, preventable medical errors are a real problem in the U.S. In 2000, 2001 and 2002, an average of 195,000 people died due to potentially preventable, in-hospital medical errors according to a 2004 study of 37 million patient records released by HealthGrades. The VeriChip quickly and accurately identifies a patient and their health records, whether in a physician's office or an emergency situation, to help improve care and decrease healthcare costs.
 
For individuals who choose to opt out of VeriChip but endorse the value of patient-controlled personal health records, VeriTeQ will be able to offer alternate methods of emergency access to a personal health record through its planned merger with Connectyx Technologies. This week, VeriTeQ announced it signed a Letter of Intent to merge with Connectyx Technologies Holdings Group, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Connectyx Technologies Corp. the manufacturer and distributor of the MedFlash(R), an innovative Personal Health and Wellness Management System (ePHM) designed for maintaining personal health records.
 
MedFlash was launched in 2007 and has thousands of active members across the U.S. MedFlash is sold by leading membership organizations and retail outlets, including portions of national drug store and grocery store chains. MedFlash has multiple methods of emergency access to a member's personal health record, including a toll-free number, telemedicine, smart phone access, internet access, USB flash drive access, and Quick Response codes.
 
"For many years, it has been apparent that the archaic process of relying on paper-based healthcare records needed to evolve to the digital world to allow for faster access to patient data and more informed treatment decisions," stated Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and CEO of VeriTeQ. "Now, as different electronic medical records systems are put into place within physicians' offices and healthcare systems, we believe the call for a UPI is imperative."
 
Silverman continued, "Patients can also serve an important role in managing their healthcare through the use of personal health records. We provide them with the greatest security and peace of mind through our VeriChip, which is always guaranteed to be with a patient and provides the utmost in privacy. Through our planned merger with Connectyx, we will also provide flexibility to individuals through MedFlash, which enables people to choose which method of personal health record access is right for them."
 
According to a California Healthcare Foundation report, "Consumers and Health Information Technology: A National Survey," a majority of respondents said they are concerned with the privacy of their personal medical records. However, those already using personal health records are slightly less concerned. In fact, 63 percent of personal health record users are concerned generally about the privacy of their medical records, but fewer than half say they worry about the privacy of the information in their personal health record.
 
Upon consummation of VeriTeQ's merger with Connectyx, the company will be renamed VeriTeQ Corporation and will continue to trade on the OTC Pink market, under the new ticker symbol "VTEQ."
 
About VeriTeQ
VeriTeQ develops and markets innovative, implantable RFID technologies for humans and animals including sensor applications. VeriChip is the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip cleared for medical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On January 12, 2012, VeriTeQ announced it acquired the VeriChip implantable microchip and related technologies, and Health Link personal health record from PositiveID Corporation /quotes/zigman/6472889/quotes/nls/psid PSID -8.54% . PositiveID has retained a 10 percent ownership interest in VeriTeQ. For more information on VeriTeQ, please call 561-805-8011.
About Connectyx Technologies
Connectyx Technologies provides unique products for the healthcare market including MedFlash(R), the electronic Personal Health Manager (ePHM). The MedFlash(R) PHM is an easy to use Personal Health and Lifestyle Manager that is accessible using a powerful web portal suite. The MedFlash(R) PHM also features a 24/7/365 call center, a USB flash drive and our smartphone applications with Scan code capability. The MedFlash(R) PHM provides member benefits including instant access to your Emergency Medical Profile and Personal Health Record in the event of an accident or a medical emergency. Whether traveling, at work, or at home, First Responders have an invaluable advantage when they have access to this time critical information. Far more than just an emergency flash drive, the MedFlash(R) PHM can be accessed on any computer, securely and with complete privacy. There are also lifestyle and wellness features that provide significant health benefits to members and risk mitigation for employers and insurers alike. Connectyx products are developed with the needs of patients, families, doctors and First Responders in mind. For more information, please visit our websites at: www.connectyx.com , www.phrtoday.com and www.medflash.com.
 
Safe Harbor Act: This communication includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involves risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this communication.
 
SOURCE: VeriTeQ Acquisition Corporation
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Simpel identificatiesysteem voor bussystemen
 
02-12-2011
Simpele Read-Only identificatie van RFID-tags en uitlezen via een bussysteem is mogelijk met met de ‘Cube-67’ remote IO-systeem van Murrelektronik en het ‘CIS3’ identificatiesysteem van Euchner. Twee fabrikanten die samen een oplossing bieden voor de meest eenvoudige en snelle RFID via bussystemen. De ‘Cube-67’ vertaalt de I/O signalen van de identificatiesensor naar bus-compatibele informatie. De RFID tags zijn verkrijgbaar in een verscheidenheid aan afmetingen, passend bij elke behoefte. De Cube-67 en de CIS3 zijn samen inzetbaar op verschillende bussystemen, onder andere Profibus, Profinet, CAN-open, EthernetIP, Devicenet en CanOpen.
 
http://www.at-aandrijftechniek.nl/productnieuws/besturingen/4980/simpel-identificatiesysteem-voor-bussystemen.html
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Goodyear lanceert microchip in truckband
 
Door: Arjan Velthoven
 
 
Gepubliceerd op 14 december 2011 09:55
Goodyear introduceert de eerste commerciële toepassing van microchips in vrachtautobanden. In de nieuwe Goodyear Regional RHT II RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) 435/50R19.5 trailerband zit een microchip ingebouwd die informatie doorgeeft aan Goodyears op internet gebaseerde bandenmanagement programma FleetOnlineSolutions. Helaas is het nog n iet mogelijk de bandenspanning op deze wijze te controleren.

Via RFID kan men zeer snel iedere band kan identificeren door met een handscanner langs de bandwang te gaan. De informatie wordt dan elektronisch opgeslagen. De banden kunnen gedurende hun hele levensduur worden gecontroleerd, inclusief de vernieuwing. De microchip wordt ingebouwd in de band op de assemblagelijn en is geprogrammeerd met een unieke code. Tijdens de service kan een Goodyear dealer of de betreffende wagenparkbeheerder snel alle RFID banden scannen en de gegevens elektronisch vastleggen, wat tijd bespaart en de nauwkeurigheid bevordert. Voordeel is verder eenvoudiger voorraadbeheer en het makkelijker opsporen van gestolen banden. De reden dat de maat 435/50R19.5 werd gekozen voor de toepassing van de RFID is dat dit de meest populaire maat is in bij ‘megatrailer' transporteurs.

Megatrailers

Verschillende grote ‘megatrailer' vloten gebruiken het Goodyear FleetOnlineSolutions (FOS)1 bandenmanagement systeem. Toepassing van RFID maakt het bandenmanagement sneller en nauwkeuriger. Ewals Cargo Care is een van de bedrijven die de nieuwe, met RFID uitgeruste Goodyear Regional RHT II 435/50R19.5 trailerbanden heeft uitgeprobeerd. Ewals heeft 3.100 trailers in gebruik en 1.200 intermodale Huckepack megatrailers. "De nieuwe banden bieden ons belangrijke voordelen", zegt Bart van Rens, Fleet Control Manager bij Ewals. "De RFID bespoedigt het onderhoud omdat het ons snel en accuraat banden laat identificeren en laat linken aan het Goodyear FleetOnlineSolutions fleet management systeem. Het verkleint ook het probleem van bandendiefstal van onze trailers. We hebben samengewerkt met Goodyear om deze banden te optimaliseren. Met de eerste sets banden duurde het even voordat we de microchips wisten te vinden met de handscanners. Nu hebben de banden een markering op de bandwang die laat zien waar de microchips te vinden zijn en de trailerfabrikant monteert de banden zo dat de RFID altijd aan de buitenkant zit. Dat versnelt het proces nog verder. Voorheen moest elke zescijferige identiteitscode van de bandwang worden afgelezen. Dat vergde tijd en er konden gemakkelijke fouten worden gemaakt. Nu werkt het snel en het is onmogelijk om fouten te maken met RFID," zegt Van Rens. "Elke onderhoudsregistratie is 100 procent correct met deze nieuwe banden."

Minder diefstal

Het andere belangrijke voordeel met deze nieuwe banden is de veiligheid. "We hebben te maken met diefstal van onze trailerbanden. Zelfs als de politie banden terug vindt, is het vaak onmogelijk om te bewijzen waar ze vandaan komen, omdat de identiteitscode vaak wordt verwijderd. Omdat de RFID microchip in de band is ingebouwd, kan die niet worden verwijderd zonder de band te vernielen. Dit betekent dat dieven de herkomst van de banden niet kunnen verhullen en dat zal de diefstal van banden met RFID logo verhinderen. We zijn nog in gesprek met Goodyear om een manier te vinden om deze banden beter zichtbaar te maken , zodat dieven ze vermijden," besluit Bart van Rens.

Momenteel leveren de RFID chips alleen identificatie data, maar het kan in de toekomst mogelijk worden ook bandenspanning en -temperatuur te monitoren

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Implantable RFID chips capable of remotely killing non-compliant 'slaves' are here.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033986_RFID_chips_remote_kill.html#ixzz1dWisuWXN

(NaturalNews) Positioned as the solution to eliminating identify theft, lost wallets and purses, and a host of other information breaches, the all-inclusive implantable RFID tracking chip is gaining momentum for widespread implementation. Recent news reports indicate that an RFID tracking chip capable of killing humans (that presumably do not comply with rogue government demands) has already been invented.

There is simply no denying the fact that "the powers that be" are working towards microchipping all of humanity. Countless news reports, including those compiled in the following YouTube clip, openly speak of microchips designed for implant into human skin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl2L...

But what many people do not realize is that this technology exists now, and has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in humans. Not only do these chips "silently and invisibly" store and transmit personal data, but they can also be encoded to perform a variety of other functions (http://arstechnica.com/old/content/...).

Beginning at 00:42, the YouTube clip contains a segment on a "killer" RFID microchip that, upon being remotely triggered, can send a lethal dose of cyanide into a person's skin. The FOX News reporter that introduces the segment can be heard saying that the chip "will kill you if you get out of line" (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl2L...).

Later in the YouTube compilation around 04:45, Chairman and CEO of Applied Digital Solutions Scott Silverman, who happens to have a "VeriChip" in his own arm, promotes the technology as useful and beneficial during a CNBC segment. Several of the hosts can be heard questioning Silverman about the "slippery slope" of the technology, and how it could be used to control the world's populations.

The PositiveID Corporation, which produces the VeriChip, has also announced that the Israeli Military recently ordered implantable microchips for its soldiers. The stated reason for this is that the chips will supposedly aid in "disaster preparedness and emergency management" (
http://www.rfidnews.org/2011/10/11/...).

Assuming that they will only be used for the benign-sounding purposes that their proponents claim (which is highly unlikely), human microchips are a privacy nightmare that is much worse than credit cards and cash. Because human microchips transmit information via RFID and GPS signals, criminals can easily hijack personal information by intercepting transmission signals.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl2L...
http://www.rfidnews.org/2011/10/11/...
http://www.naturalnews.com/033986_RFID_chips_remote_kill.html

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Van kentekenplaat naar chip
 
Meer dan honderd jaar na de introductie van de kentekenplaat werkt de RDW aan een upgrade van de voertuigidentificatie. De huidige kentekenplaten zullen niet verdwijnen, maar met behulp van slimme chips wil de RDW de voertuigidentiteit beter waarborgen.
 
Samen met TNO werkt de RDW sinds 2008 aan de ontwikkeling van een systeem van Elektronische Voertuig Identificatie (EVI). EVI kan bijvoorbeeld een rol spelen bij het terugdringen van kenteken- en voertuigidentiteitsfraude. Zo kan EVI een rol spelen bij preventie tegen diefstal, omkatten van auto’s en tanken zonder betalen. Daarnaast komen er steeds meer verplichtingen waarbij het voor kwaadwillende personen interessant wordt om de autoriteiten om de tuin te leiden. Zo werken milieuzones in (binnen)steden met voertuigidentificatie voor vergunningen en heffingen.
 
TNO en RDW werken aan upgrade
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Proef Spitsmijden
De identificatie kan rechtstreeks bij een stilstaande auto gedaan worden door een keurmeester van RDW of een politie agent, maar ook bij een rijdende auto via mobiele datacommunicatie. De eerste beproeving van EVI vond plaats in het voorjaar van 2009. Deelnemers aan de bestaande proef Spitsmijden II, die regelmatig op de A12 tussen Gouda en Den Haag rijden, kregen een chip en uitleesapparatuur ingebouwd. Door de gegevens van Spitsmijden II waarbij nog gebruik gemaakt wordt van kentekenherkenning te vergelijken met de gegevens vanuit het EVI systeem krijgen we meer duidelijkheid over het functioneren van EVI in de praktijk.
 
 
Zie hier hoe het mogelijk is om een kenteken met RFID chip te verkrijgen.
 
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