DOCUMENT Magazine - December 2008 - (Page 20)

q CONTENT & FORM BY ARTHUR GINGRANDE READING the new SIGNAL of DATA e introduction of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is redefining how organizations transmit their information a technology first invented by the USSR for US surveillance at the beginning of the Cold War, is fast becoming the new technology of the late 2000s. RFID, otherwise known as “the Internet of things,” is a method of automatically identifying objects and people that relies on storing and remotely retrieving data through the use of devices called RFID tags or transponders. Anyone who has used an E-ZPass to automatically pay tolls or a Speedpass to pay for gas at the pump has used an RFID chip to facilitate their transactions. In addition, RFID is being used increasingly with biometric technologies for security. In 1946, a Russian named Léon eremin invented an espionage device for the Soviet Union that retransmitted incident radio waves RFID, with auditory information. Sound waves vibrated a diaphragm that slightly altered the shape of the resonator, which in turn modulated the reflected radio frequency. Even though this device was a passive secret listening tool, not an ID tag, it is credited with having pioneered RFID technology. Going farther back in time, inventions such as the IFF transponder, invented in the United Kingdom, were used by the Allies in World War II to identify aircraft as friend or foe. Nowadays, it is not unusual to tag a pet or a child to keep track of them with an RFID chip or for RFID chips to be used in ski passes, parking tickets and tickets for athletic events like the Super Bowl. 20 DOCUMENT dec.08 THE ACRONYM RFID stands for radio-frequency identification. It refers to small electronic devices that consist of a small chip and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DOCUMENT Magazine - December 2008

DOCUMENT Magazine - December 2008
Ad Index
Editor’s View
BPM: Improving the Way You Process
Research Desk
The Compliance Shadow
Catching Web Fever
Charting a New Course
Reading the New Signal of Data
The Customer Finish
The Converging Money Trail
Fight Disaster
Putting on a Global Face
New Products

DOCUMENT Magazine - December 2008