Tuesday, March 29, 2005

DHS spins RFID ... presto! Contactless integrated circuits!

The Department of Homeland Security is learning that RFID has negative connotations. According to Wired News, they're trying to rename them, at least in their cards:

Wired News: RFID Cards Get Spin Treatment:

"... The distinction is part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security and one of its RFID suppliers, Philips Semiconductors, to brand RFID tags in identification documents as 'proximity chips,' 'contactless chips' or 'contactless integrated circuits' -- anything but 'RFID.' ..."

I suppose they didn't want to call them "auto id chips" or "spy chips".

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