Technological Advances Toward a Global Tracking System
Time is moving toward a day when the Bibles warning will be fulfilled. We are watching the development of the cashless society and the tracking of every citizen by the use of biometrics, RFID's, chips, scanners etc. RFID tags are beginning to accompany items sold, incorporated in a global system. Passports are being prepared with biometrics- the RFID chip will store all the information on it. People are willing to take chips that will track them and have all their medical history in them. Bio tattoos are being invented for all kinds of reasons. The technology is basically here, all we need is a man and system to implement it.
If this is true it is the closest technology has come to what the Bible said would be used
* skin-mounted components and conductive paint to create circuitry that lives on the human body in the form of a tattoo that has the capability to collect, store, send and receive data.
*New Technology - "epidermal electronic system"
"We think this could be an important conceptual advance in wearable electronics, to achieve something that is almost unnoticeable to the wearer. The technology can connect you to the physical world and the cyberworld in a very natural way that feels comfortable
*Microchipping disabled individuals
H.R.4919 - Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2016114th Congress (2015-2016)
BILL. This bill has the status Passed House
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 04/12/2016)
Committees: House - Judiciary; Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: 12/08/2016 Received in the Senate. (All Actions)
Missing Americans Alert Program Act of 2016
This bill amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to revise and rename the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program as the Missing Americans Alert Program and to reauthorize it through FY2021.
It directs the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) Bureau of Justice Assistance to award grants to state and local law enforcement or public safety agencies and nonprofit organizations to prevent wandering and locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities.
DOJ must establish and certain grant recipients must comply with standards and best practices related to the use of tracking technology to locate missing individuals with dementia or developmental disabilities.
The bill amends the Missing Children's Assistance Act to specify that, with respect to training and technical assistance provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, cases involving missing and exploited children include cases involving children with developmental disabilities such as autism
*Cameras in the advert hoardings identify the age and sex of passers-by then display relevant products.
The makers claim images of faces are erased immediately but some consumers fear the billboards will capture their expressions and responses to the ads. The signs are being tried out in Japan. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2885891/Billboard-watches-you-shop.html
TROVAN Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
*Students who refuse to be micro-chipped are punished by tyrannical Texas schools October 15, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
NaturalNews) The surveillance society continues to expand across
America, with those who refuse to go along subject to recriminations and
Barcodes for all?
*Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon last week rekindled the debate on whether it's a good idea to "barcode" infants at birth in an interview on a BBC radio program.
“I would insist on every individual
having a unique ID permanently attached — a barcode if you will — an implanted
chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals,” she said
on The Forum, a weekly show that features "a global thinking" discussing a
"radical, inspiring or controversial idea" for 60 seconds .
"Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with the skin in a way that is mechanically and physiologically invisible to the user."
*WASHINGTON — For the first time, U.S. travelers flying overseas may avoid customs lines at a foreign airport by swiping a digital ID card.
An agreement Thursday between the Homeland Security Department and the Netherlands allows approved U.S. citizens to speed through customs checks at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
Dutch citizens clearing a Homeland Security background check can do the same arriving at some U.S. airports, including New York's John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles International.
The ID cards are embedded with an image of the traveler's eye that is used to verify his identity.
U.S. officials are in talks to begin programs with the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, said John Wagner, who runs the program for Homeland Security.
"We fully intend to make this a global network," Wagner said.
U.S. citizens must enroll in the Amsterdam airport's trusted-traveler program, which costs $143 a year and requires a background check by Dutch authorities.
Participants get a card containing a digital image of their iris. When arriving from overseas, they will swipe the card at an airport kiosk. They then press their eye against a kiosk camera, which checks that the camera image matches the image on the card.
*“Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips”
“Over half the birthing facilities in Ohio are being equipped with an RFID infant protection system placed on infants at birth to prevent them from being abducted from the hospital or from being given to the wrong mother.
"Standard protocol in the hospitals using the VeriChip system is that the baby receives an RFID anklet at birth and the mother receives a matching wristband," VeriChip spokeswoman Allison Tomek told WND. "The mothers are not asked."
The RFID tag is attached to an infant at birth by an ankle bracelet that is detected by monitors positioned throughout the hospital.
Hospitals tagging babies with electronic chips
*Oct. 2008 "tattoo" RFID -Kovio, Inc., a privately held Silicon Valley company, is developing a new category of semiconductor products using printed silicon electronics and thin-film technology. Kovio, Inc. announced today the development of the world's first silicon ink-based RFID tag and the company's printed silicon RFID platform for item-level intelligence.
Kovio's approach delivers a unique and compelling value proposition in
multiple industries, including retail, healthcare, consumer electronics,
transportation, manufacturing and energy.
This one is real interesting
*RFID ink product could track humans
by Antony Savvas Thursday 11 January 2007
A US company has launched a chip-less RFID (radio frequency identification) ink that can be used to track both animals and people.
* Isaac Daniel calls the tiny Global Positioning System chip he's embedded into a line of sneakers "peace of mind.” He has been working ‘on a prototype of Quantum Satellite Technology, a line of $325 to $350 adult sneakers that hit shelves next month. It promises to locate the wearer anywhere in the world with the press of a button.
The sneakers work when the wearer presses a button on the shoe to activate the GPS. A wireless alert detailing the location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that costs an additional $19.95 a month.”
The company is selling 1,000 limited-edition shoes online and already has orders for 750, Daniel said.
Parents who buy the pricey kicks don't have to worry about their kids outgrowing them fast. This fall, the company is unveiling a plug-and-wear version that allows wearers to remove the electronics module from their old shoes and plug it into another pair of Daniel's sneaks. ”
Engineer: GPS shoes make people findable By Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press Writer http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20070207/tc_usatoday/digitalcontentcomingtotvs
*Visible or invisible ink “tatoos” can be applied to the skin and tracked by RFID readers positioned a few feet away.
The company, Somark..
..., said it had successfully tested its Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink product on cattle and laboratory rats and proved the “efficacy of injecting and reading a ‘tattoo’ within the skin of animals”.
Ramos Mays, Somark chief scientist, said, “This proves the ability to create a synthetic biometric or fake fingerprint with Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink and read it through hair.”
A working prototype of an implant designed to monitor the physiology and whereabouts of human wearers, known as Digital Angel®, is scheduled to be unveiled in October at an invitation-only event in New York City -- two months ahead of schedule.
*Developed by Applied Digital Solutions, the device is said to be the first-ever operational combination of bio-sensor technology and Web-enabled wireless telecommunications linked to global positioning satellite location-tracking systems.
Digital Angel® is intended to serve a number of functions. In addition to locating missing persons and monitoring physiological data, the device will be marketed to the world of e-commerce as a means of verifying online consumer identity.
Digital Angel® is a dime-sized implant, inserted just under the skin. When implanted within a human body, the device is powered electromechanically through the movement of muscles and can be activated either by the "wearer" or by a monitoring facility.
In an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily in March, Zhou expressed his belief that the implant will be as popular as cell phones and vaccines. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=17601
PRESS - By Theresa Agovino - July 16, 2006 - NEW YORK —
In a new test program,
Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey plans to implant
patients suffering from chronic diseases with a microchip that will give
emergency room staff access to their medical information and help avoid
costly or serious medical errors, the insurer said on Friday.
*LIVE SCIENCE.com - By Bill Christensen, Technology.com - May 31, 2006 - Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, has proposed implanting the company's RFID tracking tags in immigrant and guest workers. He made the statement on national television earlier this week.
Silverman was being interviewed on "Fox & Friends." Responding to the Bush administration's call to know "who is in our country and why they are here," he proposed using VeriChip RFID implants to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities in the workplace. He added, "We have talked to many people in Washington about using it...."
VeriChips are legal for implantation in people in the U.S.; see VeriChip RFID Tag Patient Implant Badges Now FDA Approved. See also a related story on a Proposed National Worker DNA Fingerprint Database. Read more at RFID implants for guest workers, Latin leader keen on ID chips and Chip implants for migrant workers?.
*CASPIAN Press Release - February 9, 2006 - Cincinnati video surveillance company CityWatcher.com now requires employees to use VeriChip human implantable microchips to enter a secure data center, Network Administrator Khary Williams told Liz McIntyre by phone yesterday. McIntyre, co-author of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID," contacted CityWatcher after it announced it had integrated the VeriChip VeriGuard product into its access control system.
According to Williams, a local doctor has already implanted two of CityWatcher's employees with the VeriChip devices. "I will eventually" receive an implant, too, he added. In the meantime, Williams accesses the data center with a VeriChip implant housed in a heart-shaped plastic casing that hangs from his keychain.
"It worries us that a government contractor that specializes in surveillance projects would be the first to publicly incorporate this technology in the workplace," said McIntyre.
*CASPIAN Press Release - January 27, 2006 - The VeriChip can be hacked! This revelation along with other worrisome details could put a crimp in VeriChip Corporation's planned initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock, say Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre.
The anti-RFID activists and authors of "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID" make no bones about their objection to VeriChip's plans to inject glass encapsulated RFID tags into people. But now they've discovered information that could call VeriChip's entire business model into question.
"If you look at the VeriChip purely from the business angle, it's a ridiculously flawed product," says McIntyre. She notes that security researcher Jonathan Westhues has shown how easy it is to clone a VeriChip implanted in a person's arm and program a new chip with the same number.
Westhues, known for his prior work cloning RFID-based proximity cards, has posted his VeriChip cloning demo online at http://cq.cx/verichip.pl.
The VeriChip "is not good for anything," says Westhues, has absolutely no security and "solves a number of different non-problems badly."
The chip's security issues may spell trouble for those who have had one of the microchips embedded in their flesh. These include eighteen employees in the Mexican Attorney General's office who use an implanted chip to enter a sensitive records room, and a handful bar patrons in Europe who use the injected chips to pay for drinks. "What are these people going to do now that their chips can be cloned?" says McIntyre. "Wear tinfoil shirts or keep everyone at arm's length?"
"The irony is that implantees will have to wear a Medic Alert bracelet or bear some obvious marking so they aren't mistakenly put in an MRI machine," Albrecht says... http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-hacked.html
* Super-Soldiers May Get Brain Chips October 24,
*ASSOCIATED PRESS - June 21, 2005 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brigitte Goersch placed her hand on a screen that copied her fingerprints, and she then stood in front of an ATM-like machine that captured an image of her eye's iris.
The privately run program debuted Tuesday at Orlando, the first and so far only airport that is trying it out.
Those passengers who pay $80 a year to join the traveler pilot program called "Clear" register by computer either at home or at the airport and give their biometric data at an airport kiosk resembling an oversize ATM machine.
The information is then submitted to the Transportation Security Administration. If the passengers are approved, they get a baby blue translucent card that holds a computer chip containing their fingerprints and iris image for quick identity verification.
They also earn the right to go through a separate, quicker security lane as soon as July, although they still will need to pass shoeless through an airport metal detector...
The program will be run by Verified Identity Pass Inc. http://www.local6.com/news/4636023/detail.html
*“A new smartcard, the type privacy advocates fear because it combines biometric data with radio tags, will soon be one of the most common ID cards in Washington.
Department of Homeland Security workers in May will begin using the new ID card, called the DAC, to gain access to secure areas, log on to government computers and even pay their Metro subway fares.
The DAC, which stands for Department of Homeland Security Access Card, will carry a digital copy of its bearer's fingerprint and other personally identifiable information. It will use radio-frequency identification and Bluetooth technologies to communicate with reader devices at the department's offices.” (WIRED - March 7, 2005 http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,66801,00.html
*Applied Digital Announces Six Point Privacy Statement
Applied Digital (Nasdaq: ADSX - News), a provider of security through innovation(TM), announced today that its Chairman and CEO, Scott R. Silverman outlined the Company's new six-point privacy statement as part of his Keynote Address at the 2004 World ID congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Recognizing the Company's role in the development of RFID technology world-wide, Mr. Silverman stated in his speech at the conference that: "It is our duty educate and unite rather than isolate and divide...We as leaders in the RFID industry must be proactive in our privacy efforts...We must engage, and, in turn, educate and unite world leaders, privacy groups and, most importantly, the world population."
The Company's six-point privacy statement is as follows:
1. VeriChip should be voluntary and voluntary only. No person, no employer, no government should force anyone to get "chipped."
2. Privacy must be a priority at the highest levels of our organization and as such we will have a Chief Privacy Officer who, with privacy experts, will be charged with addressing the day-to-day global evolution of this technology.
3. We will immediately address privacy and patients' rights in all consumer, distributor and medical documents related to VeriChip
4. VeriChip subscribers are able have their chip removed and discontinued at any time.
5. Privacy means different things to different people, so only the VeriChip customer should designate the groups that may have access to his or her database information.
6. We pledge to thoughtfully, openly and considerately engage government, privacy groups, the industry and consumers to assure that the adoption of VeriChip and RFID technology is through education and unity rather than isolation and division.
Mr. Silverman noted that the Company's role in the development of RFID technology world-wide had changed since the FDA granted clearance for it to market the VeriChip(TM) for medical applications. "We recognize that the since the FDA granted us clearance to market the VeriChip(TM) for medical applications and leading medical device distributors such as Henry Schein, Inc. have agreed to market the product, that it is incumbent on us to ensure that we can secure the medical records of all VeriChip(TM) subscribers. We will work closely with all of our key constituencies, including consumers, distributors and hospitals to make the rapid adoption of the VeriChip(TM) as broad as possible. With significant opportunities for VeriChip(TM) in other areas such as security, we will strive to apply these standards consistently and uniformly across all of our target markets."...
*The company behind the biometric technology being used by the UK passport office says biometric IDs will happen - and they will happen with the blessing of the majority of UK citizens.
NEC technology is being used by the UK government in the roll-out of biometric IDs … the company is confident that the UK implementation will be a success despite vocal opposition from "a noisy minority".
Carl Gohringer, head of product development for NEC security solutions, said biometric passports are far better than anything we have now and have nowhere near the same exposure to fraudulent use or forgery...."People need to realise this is not going to harm them -- if anything it is going to be beneficial to them," he said.
However, Gohringer believes that those opposed to the systems are actually a very vocal minority, making enough noise to get themselves noticed. http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39120303,00.htm
*A syringe-injectable microchip implant designed to carry medical records and personal identification information underneath the skin of humans is just one of 20 new technologies chosen by the government to be showcased today and Friday at the Healthier U.S. Summit in Baltimore, Md.
Referring to the VeriChip, HHS representative Mary Jo Deering told WND, "It's the only microchip in the showcase. We wanted a variety of technologies presented and this rounded it out nicely."....
The VeriChip is a radio frequency identification (RFID) implantable microchip containing a unique 10-digit identification number that can be "read" by a handheld scanner or by a subject walking through a portal reader. The identification number can then be relayed to a database containing the individual's personal information, or that information can be stored as data directly on the chip, which is wirelessly writeable. The chip can also be placed in a wristband.
The storing of medical records on the chip would require FDA approval. The company is also marketing the chip to a variety of sectors including homeland security as a form of identification and access control where readers would be installed at all entry and exit doors of a building or residence....
In an interview with WND, Zhou commented, "Before there may have been resistance, but not anymore. People are used to getting implants. New century, new trend."....
*VeriChip Corporation, subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX), a provider of Security Through Innovation(TM), announced today that John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, was implanted with a VeriChip (TM) in December 2004 and began an assessment of the technology. http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story44.htm
*A nightclub is about to offer its regulars the option of having a microchip implanted in their arm that will obviate the need to carry cash or plastic.
Queuing for entry or a drink at the bar would also become a thing of the past when the 'digital wallet' is introduced by Bar Soba in Glasgow. The chip is already proving popular with VIP members at two nightclubs in Barcelona and Rotterdam.
Brad Stevens, owner of Bar Soba, said his motivation for introducing the technology was to be cutting-edge and to reward loyal customers. He said he had received a surprisingly enthusiastic response from regulars.
The VeriChip is the size of a grain of rice, does not set off airport scanners and contains no power supply. It is encased inside a glass and silicone cylinder and implanted by a medical professional, under local anaesthetic, between the layer of fat and skin on the upper arm.
The chip, which has a life span of about 20 years, lies dormant until a scanner is passed over it, sending out a low-range radio frequency. It responds to the signal and supplies the scanner with its unique ID number. How that number is used depends on the database the scanner is hooked up to. In the case of Soba, it will be the balance on a person's bar account...
The chip is similar to more than 25 million already embedded in animals across the world acting as 'pet passports'. Before being used in humans, it has undergone stringent tests and doctors say it is extremely safe... http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story22.htm
*US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge called for international standards for biometric identity recognition technology, saying they are essential for travel safety."Common international standards of biometrics must be developed -- the sooner, the better," said Ridge. Biometric technology includes computerized facial and fingerprint recognition."We must mutually produce a set of international standards for capturing, analyzing, storing, reading, sharing and acting on sensitive information in order to ensure maximum interoperability between systems and maximum privacy for citizens," he said... http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story11.htm
*CNET NEWS - Feb 14, 2005 - A recent vote in Congress endorsing standardized, electronically readable driver's licenses has raised fears about whether the proposal would usher in what amounts to a national ID card.
In a vote that largely divided along party lines, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed measure that would compel states to design their driver's licenses by 2008 to comply with federal antiterrorist standards. Federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to everything from airplanes to national parks and some courthouses.
The congressional maneuvering takes place as governments are growing more interested in implanting technology in ID cards to make them smarter and more secure. The U.S. State Department soon will begin issuing passports with radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips embedded in them, and Virginia may become the first state to glue RFID tags into all its driver's licenses.
“Supporters claim it is not a national ID because it is voluntary,” Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, one of the eight Republicans to object to the measure, said during the floor debate this week. “However, any state that opts out will automatically make nonpersons out of its citizens. They will not be able to fly or to take a train.”
Paul warned that the legislation, called the Real ID Act, gives unfettered authority to the Department of Homeland Security to design state ID cards and driver's licenses. Among the possibilities: biometric information such as retinal scans, fingerprints, DNA data and RFID tracking technology.
The public is also showing much interest in getting their new passports from Machine Readable System and approaching the concerned quarter to avail the opportunity and replace their old passports with the new one.
With issuance of MRP Pakistan has become the first country in the world to issue a passport using both the Automated Finger Identification and Facial Recognition system.
Thus becoming one among a few, if not the only, countries to use the existing name, photograph, signature etc. of the applicant directly from the Computerized National Identity Card Database for making the passport. This will completely eliminate issuance of passports by fraudulent means... http://pakistantimes.net/2005/01/10/top9.htm
*This is a conversation many parents must endure with their children these days: When can I have an earring? When can I have a tattoo? How old must I be before I can have a silicon chip inserted under my skin?
This last enquiry is not the mere fiction you might think it to be but occurred on a daily walk to the school bus. It appears that in the precocious brain of an 11-year-old boy, a small semi-conductor behind the ear lobe will provide sufficient "on-mind" intelligence to make not only homework irrelevant but school, too. Furthermore, a chip can prevent the need to "carry all those ID and credit cards you carry with you".
This was not such a stupid conversation, unfortunately. Implants of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips in willing citizens were approved by America's Federal Drug Administration (FDA) last month. http://www.cio.com.au/index.php/id;633370563>
*Biometrics are becoming an accepted form of identification for the general public, according to a recent survey commissioned by EDS and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Just over two-thirds of the US consumers polled said they were open to the idea of using biometric information - such as digital fingerprints and iris scanning - to verify their identity.
*Paul Martin, executive director at EDS UK, sees the results as part of a trend whereby people are getting more comfortable with the technology. He told silicon.com: "There's emerging evidence people accept that biometrics are much the same as digital pictures which people now accept on passports."
The use of biometrics has been a focal point of UK Home Secretary David Blunkett's plans to roll out compulsory ID cards...http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story8.htm
*Applied Digital (Nasdaq: ADSX - News), a provider of Security Through Innovation(TM), announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has signed a distribution agreement with Henry Schein, Inc., the largest distributor of healthcare products to office-based practitioners in the combined North American and European markets. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 125 countries with a comprehensive selection of over 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products...
*A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patient's arm can speed vital information about a patient's medical history to doctors and hospitals.
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for medical purposes. The news pleased investors. On Wednesday, Applied Digital shares were up $1.45, or 68.4 percent, at $3.57 on the Nasdaq Stock Market - near the middle of their 52-week range of $1.94 to $5.
With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and leaves no stitches. Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over it.
Think UPC code. The identifier, emblazoned on a food item, brings up its name and price on the cashier's screen. At the doctor's office the codes stamped onto chips, once scanned, would reveal such information as a patient's allergies and prior treatments, speeding care.
The microchips have already been implanted in 1 million pets. But the chip's possible dual use for tracking people's movements - as well as speeding delivery of their medical information to emergency rooms - has raised alarm... http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041013/D85MP79O0.html
*On May 13, 1997, the United States Patent Number 5,629,678 was granted for a ``personal tracking and recovery system,'' consisting of a miniature digital transceiver -- implantable in humans -- with a built-in,
electromechanical power supply and actuation system. These features enable the device to remain implanted and functional for years without maintenance. This transceiver sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology.
*On December 10, 1999, Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (ADS) acquired the patent rights to this technology, which the company refers to as ``Digital Angel®.'' The agreement gives ADS the right to develop this unique product for all of its applications or to sublicense the development of specific applications to other entities. ADS is actively seeking joint venture partners to develop and market this technology. We expect to produce a prototype of the device by the end of 2000. We believe the potential global market for this device -- in all of its applications -- could exceed $100 billion.
*Supermarket shoppers soon will encounter a wave of new store technology that will make the self-checkout station seem quaint.
In the coming months, some of the nation's biggest chains will roll out biometric scanners, interactive kiosks and "smart" carts. They are designed to get customers to spend as much as possible and still speed their way out...
Supervalu Inc. of Eden Prairie said it's close to testing a system that allows customers to pay for groceries by placing their finger on a scanner. Other chains such as Albertson's and Food Lion are rolling out "smart" shopping carts that allow people to price-scan groceries as they shop.
Those innovations will join kiosks that can take orders and offer product information..."If you look at supermarkets today, they are scared of Wal-Mart," said Allan Couch, director of the food and drug industry markets for NCR Corp., a Dayton, Ohio-based manufacturer of kiosks and self-checkout stations. "They can't compete on price. So [they say,] 'What else can I do? How do I differentiate from Wal-Mart?' "...
No more cash cards
Consumers can place their finger on a scanner, enter a code and access a credit card or a checking account previously submitted to the retailer, eliminating the need to carry cash or cards. Pay By Touch says the system doesn't store actual fingerprints but rather a series of "data points" unique to each finger..
http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/4880685.html *China to chip up a billion people http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10979
*VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc. 7,000 chips to distributors across the United States and that more than 1,000 of those had likely been inserted into U.S. customers, mostly for security or identification reasons. (Chip Implanted in Mexico Judicial Workers http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040714/D83QQBP80.html
*According to a letter issued by the FDA Oct. 12, the ID chip, "The potential risks to health associated with the device are: adverse tissue reaction, migration of implanted transponder, … failure of implanted transponder, … electromagnetic interference, electrical hazards, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) incompatibility and needle stick," states the letter, which was obtained by Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, or CASPIAN.Katherine Albrecht, founder and director of CASPIAN, chastised Applied Digital and manufacturer Digital Angel for failing to mention the negative aspects of its technology.
"By omitting this information from their press material, the companies marketing the VeriChip have painted an inaccurately rosy picture of their product that could mislead consumers into believing the devices are completely safe," Albrecht said in a statement...
*An e-commerce barcode 'tattoo'
Scanned image verifies buyer to seller--A patent has been issued for a technique enabling an invisible tattoo to be placed under the skin of a consumer purchasing goods and services online, according to a report published by computer giant Compaq. (digital.com)
The patented procedure, titled, "Method For Verifying Human Identity During Electronic Sale Transactions," was developed by Houston inventor Thomas W. Heeter. His patent -- bearing U.S. Patent No. 5,878,155 and granted in March, 1999 -- "describes how people can be identified for eCommerce transactions by invisible barcodes tattooed on their skin." The patent identifies invisible tattoo ink that is currently available commercially, according to the Compaq report.
*An optical memory data strip (like a small CD laminated onto the card) which can be read by an optical scanner. The strip can contain a digitized image of a fingerprint and a photo, along with essential personal data.http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/article/0,12543,335428,00.html
*A group led by Accenture won a U.S. government security contract worth up to $10 billion on Tuesday to track foreign visitors using digital photographs, fingerprints and other "biometric" information.
Launched nationwide at airports and seaports in January, US-Visit requires most foreign visitors to have a digital photo and inkless finger scans taken by an immigration officer who checks them against watch lists and other databases... http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,63683,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_7
*Four out of five UK citizens are in favour of the introduction of entitlement cards, including the use of biometrics, according to a survey published on Thursday.
Fifty percent of the sample also said they favoured the use of iris recognition as a biometric check, with 30 percent preferring the use of fingerprints... http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/emergingtech/0,39020357,2129590,00.htm
*A group led by Accenture won a U.S. government security contract worth up to $10 billion on Tuesday to track foreign visitors using digital photographs, fingerprints and other "biometric" information.
The U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program aims to tighten borders as part of an effort to prevent another Sept. 11-type attack.
The contract, awarded by the Homeland Security Department, covers five years with five one-year options after that. The package could be worth up to $10 billion, Homeland Security officials said...
The Accenture-led group will help set up and administer the new technologies and procedures needed to track the 300 million foreigners who visit the United States each year.
Launched nationwide at airports and seaports in January, US-Visit requires most foreign visitors to have a digital photo and inkless finger scans taken by an immigration officer who checks them against watch lists and other databases...
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,63683,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_7>German Interior Minister Schily has kicked off the first high-tech biometric iris-scanning system.
The future arrived at Frankfurt airport this week with the introduction of a sophisticated digital camera at border controls capable of recognizing people by their irises. http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1446_A_1113690_1_A,00.html
*Tiny computer chips that emit unique radio-frequency IDs could be slapped on to toothbrushes, chairs and even toilet seats to monitor elderly people in their own homes....Data harvested from the RFID chips would reassure family and care-givers that an elderly person was taking care of themselves, for example taking their medication. Unusual data patterns would provide an early warning that something was wrong....A group of Intel researchers demonstrated the technology to US government officials in Washington DC on Tuesday. The event aimed to show how embedded wireless chips could help tackle the care problems created by the rapidly rising number of senior citizens. Such networks have already been deployed to monitor the environment and scan for empty parking spots....Intel's solution requires an elderly person to wear a glove embedded with a RFID reader the size of two AA batteries. The reader clocks any tagged objects that the person touches and wirelessly transmits their unique IDs to a central PC, which records the time.... http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994788
*The European Central Bank is working with technology partners on a hush-hush project to embed radio frequency identification tags into the very fibers of euro bank notes by 2005, EE Times has learned. Intended to foil counterfeiters, the project is developing as Europe prepares for a massive changeover to the euro, and would create an instant mass market for RFID chips, which have long sought profitable application....The banking community and chip suppliers say the integration of an RFID antenna and chip on a bank note is technically possible, but no bank notes in the world today employ such a technology. Critics say it's unclear if the technology can be implemented at a cost that can justify the effort, and question whether it is robust enough to survive the rough-and-tumble life span of paper money.http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20011219S0016
*VeriChip, the company that makes radio frequency identification--RFID--tags for humans, has moved one step closer to getting its technology into hospitals. The Federal Drug Administration issued a ruling Tuesday that essentially begins a final review process that will determine whether hospitals can use RFID systems from the Palm Beach, Fla.-based company to identify patients and/or permit relevant hospital staff to access medical records, said Angela Fulcher, vice president of marketing and sales at VeriChip.VeriChip sells 11-millimeter RFID tags that get implanted in the fatty tissue below the right tricep. When near one of Verichip's scanners, the chip wakes up and radios an ID number to the scanner. If the number matches an ID number in a database, a person with the chip under his or her skin can enter a secured room or complete a financial transaction...
VeriChip can already sell implantable RFID chips in the United States for standard security applications and the financial market. The company's basic technology has also been used in animals for years. http://news.com.com/Under-the-skin+ID+chips+move+toward+U.S.+hospitals/2100-7337_3-5285815. html?tag=nefd.top
*A long-awaited report from the bipartisan commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks calls for better information sharing among government agencies, adoption of biometric technologies and the completion of a visitor tracking system as soon as possible...
Commission members issued a number of recommendations to improve information sharing, intelligence collection and analysis, use of biometric passports, and better border and airport screening of passengers...
The report called for better technology and training to detect terrorist travel documents and the use of biometric identifiers, or unique physical characteristics, to authenticate such documents. United States officials are taking steps already, such as requiring foreign visitors to have machine-readable, tamper-resistant passports with embedded biometric identifiers. However, commission officials said Americans should not be exempt from carrying biometric passports as well...
The Homeland Security Department should complete a biometric entry/exit screening system, called the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program as soon as possible, according to the report...
The report also recommended the creation of a new National Intelligence Director, replacing the Director of Central Intelligence, to unify the intelligence community. http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story17.htm
*Parents in South Korea (news - web sites) will now be able to track their children by using a device in a new mobile phone that has been designed for kids.
SK Telecom Co. began selling on Wednesday colorful cellphones with antennas that look like human ears and a built in tracker using the global positioning satellite (GPS) network...
*To improve security against possible terrorist attacks, the upscale Nine Zero hotel had upgraded its security with an iris-scanning system developed by South Korean giant, LG Electronics.
The so-called biometric system used cameras and computers to capture the unique patterns of an individual iris, the colored portion of human eye, when they check in at the hotel's front desk. Once digitized, the images were stored in a database along with other information about the guest - name and which room or suite they're staying in, for example.
Cameras at the main entrance and outside every guest room controlled the locks on the doors. Guests, employees, and other pre-screened individuals - security personnel, for example - merely peered into the cameras and a computer looks for a matching profile. Once the computer verifies the person's identity and he or she has permission to be in the hotel or that particular suite, the doors unlock... http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scitech/US/biometric_hotel_cybershake_040730.html
*lost pets are not the only species to be given a chip. parental concerns about kidnapping can be subdued with VeriChip. This technology has been most visibly used in Mexico to locate missing children, where an estimated 133,000 are kidnapped every year. http://www.technewsworld.com/story/35064.html *Mexico's attorney general said he had had a microchip inserted under the skin of one of his arms to give him access to a new crime database and also enable him to be traced if he is ever abducted. http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_world_story_skin/435837%3fformat=html
*Attorney General Rafael Macedo de la Concha and 160 of his employees were implanted at a cost to taxpayers of $150 for each rice grain-sized chip. More are scheduled to get "tagged" in coming months, and key members of the Mexican military, the police and the office of President Vicente Fox might follow suitThe chips that have been implanted are manufactured by VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc. 7,000 chips to distributors across the United States and that more than 1,000 of those had likely been inserted into U.S. customers, mostly for security or identification reasons. (Chip Implanted in Mexico Judicial Workers http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040714/D83QQBP80.html )
*Virtually every newcomer to Canada would be fingerprinted and photographed under ambitious federal security proposals, The Canadian Press has learned.A newly obtained report shows the government is looking at the collection and use of biometric data of about one million people annually, from visitors and refugee claimants to permanent residents and new citizens.
The personal identification effort could also extend to millions more who are born Canadian, possibly reviving the idea of a national identity card, indicates the report released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the Access to Information Act...
*In the future, a controversial technology that uses tiny computer chips to identify and track items from a distance will be "on everything from diapers to surgical instruments," says an executive for a leading corporation.
Pat Rizzotto, vice president of global customer initiatives for Johnson & Johnson, says his company's long-term vision for RFID, or radio frequency identification, includes having physical objects communicate in real time and extending the Internet into everyday items.
RFID chips communicate the location and status of the tagged items by radio waves similar to those used to broadcast FM radio programs.
"Information on RFID 'spy chips' can be read through the things we usually rely on to protect our privacy, like walls, purses, backpacks and even through our clothes," she said. "It would be a privacy nightmare if we allowed them to be attached to everyday objects."...
*In another new report --China to chip up a billion people Privacy, they've never been threatened by it By INQUIRER staff: Monday 11 August 2003, http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10979
“PAPER ID CARDS in China are to be replaced by cards that use semiconductors and which link in to vast databases controlled by all powerful government ministries, it has emerged.” “The ID cards will, according to reports, be encrypted so making them hard to forge” cards will be commonly produced during 2005 and 2006, the reports added.Citizens will not be able to check whether the databases hold accurate information on them.
“According to a report on Dow Jones, most of the cards and the chip technology will be home produced, but a French firm Thales and an Israeli company, On Track, will help the Chinese government implement the scheme.”*Concern over microchip implants
New technology getting under some people's skin
WorldNetDaily.com Researchers say the technology is currently available to implant biometric devices in human beings, which can be monitored by government satellites and utilized by private industry. In fact some developers are currently attempting to bring the technology to the public and private sector.
Though not yet generally available to the public, trials of sub-skin implants have been underway for nearly a year. For instance, The London Times reported in October 1998, “... Film stars and the children of millionaires are among 45 people, including several Britons, who have been approached and fitted with the chips (called the Sky Eye) in secret tests.On September 6, 2001...A report says the U.S. government has given its blessings to a proposal to create a global numbering system. They are calling it “Enum,” short fore-numbers, and according to The Times of London, the aim of this global scheme is to simplify communication by giving everyone an 11-digit contact number through which they could be reached, be it by phone, e-mail, fax or any other clever technology still to be invested. The Times says it is the brainchild of an engineer at the computer giant CiscoSystems. The report also notes that with the U.S. government now on board, the chances of it becoming a reality have been greatly increased.*Responding to a rise in crimes against children, a Tokyo manufacturer is joining forces with a security firm to create school bags with a global positioning system, or GPS.School bag features GPS device (Photo: Japan Times)
The bag maker, Kyowa Corp., said it is meeting the demand of parents who want to know the whereabouts of their children.Using a system operated by the security firm Secom Co., parents can track their children on a website, which uses satellite and mobile phone waves to pinpoint the backpack. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=41332
*Bank customers in Colombia now have the option of using their fingerprints to withdraw cash from ATM machines.
Colombia's Bancafe Bank has partnered with technology company NCR to upgrade its ATM machines and allow its 2.5 million customers the option of accessing their accounts and withdrawing money using just their fingerprints and a PIN number.
According to NCR around 50 percent of Bancafe Bank's customers have signed up for the scheme and the bank expects that figure to grow as it upgrades its entire network of ATMs.
Nelson Sanchez, commercial director at Bancafe, said the fingerprint technology has attracted new customers to the bank – many of whom were previously reluctant to open an account... http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story37.htm