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If you're one of those people that always loses your keys, this is perfect for you

Pliant announced on Thursday that it will be implementing the IBM radio frequency identification tracking software (RFID) platform into all of it's packaging products.  Additionally, Honda Italia has also made to decision to use the chip on all its motorcycle parts in the warehouse.

CNET reports that Honda Italia plans on installing RFID chips and using the IBM software on all its motorcycle parts and tools to track them within the manufacturing plant.  With scooter sales reaching 12.1 million last year, this tracking system will allow for efficiency in production.

Packaging manufacturer, Pliant, plans on selling plastic wrap embedded with RFID to consumer-goods companies who want to keep track of their products during shipment from the warehouse to the retailers.  Allowing companies to track their shipments helps them know if their products are being tampered with before they hit shelves.

Many companies, such as Boeing, have already taken to the RFID chips to help streamline their businesses by improving accountability of tools, equipment, and other valuable assets.  The chip is also used on U.S. passports and discs to try to stop piracy.

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RE: I wonder
By creathir on 1/14/2007 6:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, RFID has a range of about 5 yards or so (depending on chip type and equipment). Also, most RFID chips just store ID numbers for pulling info out of a database. This is much easier than encoding descriptive information onto the chip.

But for the purposes of driving by and collecting inventory on a house, as Kristopher said, this would not be possible with RFID. The range is just not there.

- Creathir

RE: I wonder
By Azsen on 1/14/2007 6:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but lets say the range of the RFID chip is 4m or so, is it possible that the RFID receiver which reads the RFID chip can extend/boost the radio signal to activate the RFID chip from say 50m away? So in effect the RFID chip thinks the receiver is only a few metres away.

RE: I wonder
By AnnihilatorX on 1/15/2007 8:25:33 AM , Rating: 2
There are 2 types of RFID. Passive RFID and Active RFID.

Through an appropriate transponder, Passive RFIDs can have range of around 6m. Active RFIDs can have ranges of 100m

RE: I wonder
By Gooberslot on 1/15/2007 9:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe drive by wouldn't work but the thief could still walk up to the front door and know whether it was worth it or not.

I think that if they're going to stick RFID tags in products it should be in the packaging where it can be thrown away.

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