12 January 2008

Wonderful RFID

2007 China RFID Industry Annual Awards
China’s RFID market reached more than $500 million in 2007, growing over 50 percent in comparison of previous year; the trend is expected to continue for the next three years. According to IDTechEx, China has become the world's largest market for RFID by value, thanks to huge government spending on China’s national ID card program.

RFID in China
China has issued the world's largest order for RFID - a $6 billion order for a national ID card scheme. These are contactless cards, operating at HF. By the end of 2005, China had issued 110 million national ID cards.

Homeland Security to press ahead with Real ID
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday plans to take the next step in getting its controversial Real ID plan off the ground, despite opposition from numerous states and privacy groups.

US Gov Sets Controversial RFID Passport Card Specs
The US Department of State last week published a Federal Register notice that sets its RFID passport card requirements, effective February 1 of this year. The new PASS Cards are an alternative to traditional passports and will contain an EPCglobal Gen2 standard UHF RFID chip intended to expedite border crossings. The cards are controversial because many feel the RFID chips lack enough security to safeguard identities and prevent cloning and other hacking.

RFID Demonstration

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