Thanks to RFID, No More “Papers, Please” in China

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The days of the government official approaching ordinary citizens and asking them to present some form of printed identification may be coming to an end in China. This change isn’t coming about because of the loosening of political control, though. It’s due largely to the enhanced capabilities of RFID technology.

China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS)—an Orwellian name for a government agency if there ever was one—has already distributed more than 100 million ID cards with RFID chips that can be read from 10 to 15 inches away, and plans to issue about 300 million per year for the next several years.

 

When it’s all said and done, this will lead to 1.3 billion Chinese citizens carrying RFID tags. It’s no surprise, then, that China is seen as a lucrative market for this technology, with this and other projects leading experts to predict total sales of RFID tags in the country to hit 2.9 billion by 2009.

 

The MPS also controls the police force, so this will mean the government will be able to identify virtually anyone at anytime without asking, whether they’re suspected of any wrongdoing or not. That can’t happen here, though, right? Think again – http://www.certmag.com/articles/templates/cm_gen_template.asp?articleid=1494&zoneid=271.

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