Monday, February 26, 2007

MALAYSIA Launched RFIC Microchip (0.7mm x 0.7 mm) but at WHAT COST? Hitachi's mu-chips (0.4mm x 0.4mm) Already in Production & Developed Smaller Ones

UPdate: (March 18 07) If Samy Vellu has his way, he will be spying on everyone when he has these chips embedded in every vehicle and when they pass through a toll gantry, ALL these are recorded. The human rights people should take note of his statement recently on this and we MUST oppose him adopting such an intrusion. A posting of what he said will be out soon.
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ABOVE: Misleading headline by Malaysiakini, many are confused by the Spin from the launch and BELOW: Even AFP was led to believe it was the smallest and the respectable carried it in their forum. Check H E R E.

Look at the banner below, it was just a launch of the MM chip and it became the "world's smallest one"

Malaysia launches world's smallest microchip with radio technology
Weekend . February 25, 2007

Malaysia over the weekend has launched what it said is the world's smallest microchip with radio technology in a quest to position itself as a leading high-tech chip producer for a global market. The Malaysia Microchip was released after more than two years of research and development. The smallest version measures 0.7 millimetres by 0.7 millimetres, according to officials. Costing six cents each, three versions of the chip were developed after the Malaysian government in 2003 bought the technology and the rights to design, manufacture and market the chip from Japan's FEC Inc. At the launch on Saturday, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi lauded the chip for boosting Malaysian technological expertise.

ABOVE : is the mu-chip (0.4mm x 0.4mm) on a finger tip

"It is only through being creators of technology, and not mere users of technology, that Malaysia can move up the economic value chain and take its place among the developed countries of the world," he said in a speech Saturday. The project was announced by former premier Mahathir Mohamad just before he retired in 2003 as part of his efforts to push Malaysia into hi-tech industries and make the country an industrialised nation by 2020.T he tiny microchip holds technology which emits radio waves on multiple frequencies, which means it can be detected when embedded in paper documents such as money, or in objects or animals.

Its first commercial application in Malaysia is for tagging and identifying original versions of movies on VCDs and DVDs as part of anti-counterfeiting efforts in the country where video piracy is rampant. The chief executive of the government agency set up to develop and market the Malaysia Microchip, Ahmed Tasir Lope Pihie, told AFP Sunday that
"inquiries are coming in" from other countries about the chip. He also said Malaysia's and Hong Kong's international airports would in April or May start a pilot project using the chip to tag luggage traveling between the two airports. The chip would cut travel delays by making it easy to locate luggage that was lost or had to be removed from airplanes if passengers failed to show,or for security purposes, he said.

"It will improve tremendously the traceability elements and authentication elements," Ahmed Tasir said. Home Minister Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the microchip was developed for some 50 to 60 million dollars, and Malaysia would use the chip to curb forgeries of documents such as passports and birth certificates. "You think about the application, it is mind-boggling because there is no limit to it," Radzi told reporters at the launch. The chip is currently being produced in Japan but the minister said there were plans to move manufacturing to Malaysia. "We will go out internationally to market it anywhere in the world," he said. - AFP
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ABOVE: The new radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips are placed next to a human hair (that's running horizontally) for comparison.

Open Standard Pet Microchip Reader Project has a detailed, step-by-step tutorial, complete with pictures and screenshots, on building a pet id microchip reader to read all types of these chips. The project consists of parts that can be purchased at Radio Shack/ The Source, and doesn't even require a soldering iron.

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Top 10: The best, worst... and craziest uses of RFID

They've put a chip where? By Gemma Simpson and Jo Best; Published: Thursday 30 November 2006

Japanese authorities decided to start chipping schoolchildren in one primary school in Osaka a couple of years ago. The kids' clothes and bags were fitted with RFID tags with readers installed in school gates and other key locations to track the minors' movements.

Legoland also introduced a similar scheme to stop children going astray by issuing RFID bracelets for the tots

Pub tables:
Thirsty students can escape the busy bar and still get a pint thanks to RFID tables that deliver orders remotely.

The high-tech bar is fitted with touchscreens so students can get a round in, order a taxi or even chat-up someone at the next table. See snaps of the RFID bar here.

Fulham Football Club:
Fulham FC has started issuing RFID-enabled smartcards to fans to cut queues at the turnstiles and increase safety around the stadium.Around 20,000 of the smartcards have been issued to mainly season ticket holders and club members and contain data on matches each cardholder has paid for. See shots of the technology around the stadium here.

Air passengers:
It was also suggested by boffins at University College London that air passengers should be RFID-tagged as they mingle in the departure lounge to improve airport security.'s audience called the idea, amongst other things, Orwellian, intrusive and detrimental to airport security. Click here to see the Best of Reader Comments on the story.

RFID has also made an appearance in the army to try and reduce casualties from 'friendly fire' incidents.

Last year Nato's Operation Urgent Quest exercise tested the potential of a number of combat identity systems under battlefield conditions. See photos of RFID in action here.

Hospital in-patients:
In an effort to trim clinical errors, hospitals in New York and Germany have been tagging their patients. Visitors to the hospitals are given RFID-chipped wristbands to wear which are scanned by medical personnel to bring up their records and make sure the patients are given the correct dosages of drugs.

The same clinic which tags its patients is also tagging blood. No vampire-pleasing effort this, rather the Klinikum Saarbruecken is using the tags to make sure the right blood reaches the right patient. Nurses will be able to scan the tags using reader-equipped PDAs or tablet PCs and check that the blood data matches the information held on an RFID-tagged bracelet worn by the patient.

The National Patient Safety Agency in the UK is also considering a similar move.

Marks and Spencer has long been associated with being at the forefront of flogging ladies' undies. It's also now at the forefront of item-level tagging, having chipped some of its men's clothes. The retailer has avoided questions of privacy protection by attaching the tag to a label on the suit that can be cut off.

M&S has now extended the trials nationwide.

One of the more controversial applications is soon-to-be mandatory use of RFID in passports. The US is leading the way in deployments and the UK isn't far behind.

As well as the obvious privacy fears that surround such rollouts, experts have questioned how secure the passports are with some claiming to have cracked and cloned them already.

The first item-level rollout in Europe has already taken place in Dutch book store BGN. Each of the books in BGN's Almere store is chipped and a second store, in Maastricht, will soon go the same way, allowing the retailer to track each book from its central warehouse to the shop floor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) The race if RFID is not longer about functionality which has significant issues but rather about cost.

2) It is not true RFID will eliminate theft or stealth. There is always someway to shut it off depending on cost.

3) At least this one is not going to cost us US$billions like Proton and Perwaja...

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