Monday, February 26, 2007

Smallest RFID Chip: Made in Malaysia

Product: Smallest RFID chip with built-in antenna
Producer: Malaysia Microchip (MM) Project

  • Multi-band frequencies
  • Can be embedded on paper
  • Has its own serial number

1st government application - RFID-enabled B certificates (holographic security labels to verify the authenticity of film discs)

Future Applications:
  • Marriage certificates
  • Birth certificates
  • Foreign workers' identification cards
  • Malaysian passports (Its already contained the smartest chip in the world)
  • Road Tax
  • Bank Cheque
  • Bank Notes (No more counterfeit notes in the market)
  • University diploma and certificates (can counter forged or bogus university certificates)
  • e-baggage management application in airports

RFID in Education:
Universiti Teknikal Melaka on Student IDs to monitor time and examination attendance as well as for asset management system.

Source: TheStar, 25th Feb 2007

Personal Opinion:
RFID proved to be a very versatile and useful identification tag which will lead to improvement on the effectiveness and efficiency of any work process and supply chain. However, the main concerns are still lingering on the two main issues namely COST and PRIVACY.

Cost - Will the manufacturers transfer the higher cost of using RFID to the consumers instead?
Privacy - Will the privacy of the document/certificate holders be intruded, where their location can be easily traced with the use of mobile handheld devices?

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