New Delhi leads the way with RFID vehicle tracking – who’s next?

On Wednesday 27th October, 2010 RFID News broke the following sensational story.

“Government officials in New Delhi will soon make it mandatory for all vehicles to be equipped with RFID cards that will be used to make road toll payments, according to Hindustan Times.  The government accepted the recent proposal and said it will ensure that it is being implemented within 18 months.  Initially it will be used for toll collection on national highways, subsequently it will be used for other purposes also, including toll collection on state highways,” said Kamal Nath, road transport and highways minister. “Commuters can preload whatever amount they want and make the payment when required. Officials have also instructed manufactures that all new vehicles will come with RFID chips installed.”

http://www.rfidnews.org/2010/10/27/rfid-soon-to-be-mandatory-for-all-vehicles-new-delhi?issue=rfidnews_20101028

India is a country that has a clear sense of its own destiny, and one that has always been keen to position itself as a technological innovator.  It used to be the case that Britain transfered its knowledge in the direction of emergent Eastern economies, in return for significant finanicial gain.  Perhaps this article suggests we are at the beginning of a new chapter in the flow of information between countries, since widespread adoption of RFID enabled vehicle tracking in the UK is highly likely in years to come.   Where India is leading on this, we seem likely to follow; which surely begs the question, “…do you want your every movement tracked by the State?  If not, what can be done about this within the scope of our current legislative framework?”

Defend your ski pass from hackers

Ski Pass Security

An RFID secure ski-pass (Image Copyright 2010 http://www.rfidprotect.co.uk)

If you’ve been issued with a new RFID enabled, or ‘contactless’ ski pass then there’s a risk that it may be intercepted, read or skimmed, and without your knowledge. A new generation of ski and lift passes are already being rolled out across US and European resorts, and you may not realise that contained within them is a small passive RFID microchip. This bit of clever kit enables swift access to the slopes, and other services off-piste. Great news!

The not so great news if you don’t want marketers to track your every movement, and transaction, whilst on holiday. Furthermore, it’s well documented that unscrupulous hackers have been able to skim these ‘contactless’ passes using low-cost readers freely available on line. The consequences can be that your personal information and movements can be tracked and exploited for commercial or criminal gain.

  • Keep your personal information safe
  • Shield your data from readers designed to track your movements
  • Have a look about for Ski pass shielding products – there are loads on offer and many reasonably priced