Is Your RFID Tattoo Phoning You?

Massachusetts-based MD10 has been testing RFID temporary “tattoos” that detect various illness and monitor health conditions, sending data to healthcare professionals via a tiny built-in antenna. As reported in 21st Century Wire, first responders can scan an injured person’s RFID tattoo for allergies or medical conditions before administering medications. Doctors can be alerted to a patient’s impending heart attack hours before onset. The potential for improved healthcare is tremendous.

But wait, there’s more: these flat RFID tattoos, called Biostamps, can also store passwords. The Biostamp communicates with the user’s mobile phone to authenticate the user’s identity. At the D11 conference, Motorola announced an initiative that would incorporate Biostamps into mobile phone and tablet authentication, adding a high degree of security to e-devices and cloud-based apps. It’s yet another application of RFID that began with inventory storage and tracking, and we’re proud to be leaders in RFID technology.

 

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The Cost of Assault – Are Your Employees At Risk?

New York’s hotels became the target of negative press and unwanted legislative attention after the notorious 2011 assault on a hotel employee by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then head of the International Monetary Fund. Despite the questionable outcome of that case, hotels in the Big Apple, Toronto, and other major cities wised up to the fact that their employees risk assault from irate, predatory, or unbalanced customers, and security cameras can’t cover every inch of a facility.

With costly employee assault claims on the rise, a number of New York hotels have turned to an RFID solution: a medic-alert type of emergency pendant that alerts hotel security and identifies the employee’s location. Some systems are tied in to security cameras, allowing security personnel to instantly view the cameras closest to the emergency site. A recent story in RFID Journal discusses the trend.

Other industries such as mining and healthcare are beginning to adopt RFID emergency locators, with the enthusiastic support of risk managers and legal advisors. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention…

Can your business benefit from an RFID risk reduction program?

 

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