Thursday, 18 April 2013

RFID Chips – Retail Integration or Human Integration?

RFID chips are not a new technology yet have in fact been around for several years. RFID or Radio Frequency Identification tagging works by allowing a RFID Chip to talk to a localised network and exchange commands. This language or commands are executed using Radio Frequencies that alternate between each network. The beauty of RTFID Chips is that replace conventional barcode systems in fact RFID retail applications remain the driving force behind this emergent technology.

One of the driving forces against this integration of electrical signal and humanity are those concerned about how RFID impacts the position of privacy.

Amongst the many practical aspects of RFID chip technology includes customizable bespoke asset control, manufacturing events, complex supply chain management, retail, electronic and virtual payment applications, as well as pre-programmed and manual  security access systems

The implementation of Radio Frequency Identification has been widely accepted for use in canine management. The ability to track dogs implanted with a monitored chip has widely reassured owners of the location of their beloved canine friends. Yet how would say an animal respond to changes in radio frequency (remember RFID technology acts as a receiver of external controllable frequencies) by unknown or unwanted forces?

How society will be affected by RFID chip technology and potential ethical concerns remains to be seen. It’s full integration remains a uncertainty.