RFID in fact and fiction

July 12, 2008 at 8:44 am 3 comments

Our Library is getting RFID for security and self checkout in September.  This will enable staff to keep a better inventory of our materials while making self-checkout an easy task for our patrons.  These are both good things!

It just so happens that Jeffery Deaver’s newest book, Broken Window, is all about that technology and how it can be used to literally destroy people’s lives and send them to prison.  Granted, this is purely fictional, but it certainly gave me a new appreciation of the extent to which our lives can be traced using RFID tags in our purchases.  If you are not familiar with Radio Freguency Identification devices – and you want to read a thrilling forensic mystery book – check out Broken Window.  By the time I finished it, I wanted to throw alway all credit cards, my smart phone, computers, and anything else that might be the target of identity theft.  I also wished he’d made it longer, so I could have kept reading one of my favorite authors!

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  • 1. Jayabaya  |  July 12, 2008 at 9:16 am

    RFID is a good technology for library applications. Some application need more attention, like dugs tracking, pharmaceutical item etc, because of limitation of this technology agains metal object

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  • 2. Conspirama  |  July 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

    RFID in fact and fiction…

    Our Library is getting RFID for security and self checkout in September. It just so happens that Jeffery Deaver’s newest book, Broken Window, is all about that technology and how it can be used to literally destroy people’s lives and ……

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  • 3. Stuart Oliver  |  July 12, 2008 at 11:29 am

    >By the time I finished it, I wanted to throw alway all credit cards, my smart phone, computers, and anything else that might be the target of identity theft.

    Surely you cannot be serious?

    I agree with you that there are some concerns however, if people start jumping on bandwagons we’ll stifle the innovation of RFID and cover up the benefits.

    If cars were invented today I suspect many people would want them outlawed as, apparently, they cause car crashes!

    Stuart

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