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<p>Previously, I have discussed pervasive computing's business benefits and applications that pay their own way. These applications transport the enterprise database?s benefits the "last hundred feet" directly to the point of work, sale, or service. Many are PDA-based, offering point-of-service terminals in clinical medicine, package delivery, and even restaurant ordering. In this issue, I examine a different class of pervasive computers: Radio Frequency Identification tags. RFID tags turn everyday objects into network nodes that uplink IDs and status data to enterprise databases, storing new information as needed. They literally vanish into commonplace objects such as library books, shipping containers, car keys, luggage tags, clothing, or even pets, offering efficiencies in handling, location, and condition tracking. <div>However, some people caution that we must implement privacy and security features from the ground up to avoid covert reuse of the tags. --Vince Stanford</div></p>
Vince Stanford, "Pervasive Computing Goes the Last Hundred Feet with RFID Systems", IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 2, no. , pp. 9-14, April-June 2003, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2003.1203746
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