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(National Review)   Tennessee State University will be implanting chips in students in order to track their whereabouts. Just kidding...they just have to wear ID badges that can track them at all times. Failure to wear badge results in disciplinary action   (nationalreview.com) divider line 105
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2014-03-01 09:48:37 PM

wxboy: FrancoFile: The_Original_Roxtar: buy an rfid blocking wallet.
"i'm carrying the id... just not in a manner that allows you to scan it whenever you damn well please"

what possible benefit could the university gain from this?

RTFA
There's a crime wave on campus.  Probably a lot of inside jobs.  So they are trying to track the movements of employees as well as students.  And by putting everything on one card (physical access, ID, meal tickets, parking, etc.) they save in the long run on replacement cards, card readers, servers & SW, etc.

So it will be really simple:  When you're going to commit a crime, leave your ID in your dorm room or with someone else.  Then you'll have "proof" that you weren't involved.


Came for this, leaving happy.
 
2014-03-01 10:13:01 PM

mllawso: Headso: you use the card like a hotel key to get in and out of the buildings

Pretty much. The "tracking" feature is limited to "what card was used to unlock the door at what time". But "OMG TRACKING!!!111111" sells more page views. RFID tags have a range of inches -- at best feet.

/unless you're using specialized equipment, then you're better off using a "tracking" technology that's actually designed to ... track things.


So it is known if a person is in a particular building.  That is a type of tracking.  Although it is rather passive.
 
2014-03-01 10:57:33 PM

generallyso: Like E-ZPass.


mllawso: /unless you're using specialized equipment, then you're better off using a "tracking" technology that's actually designed to ... track things.


RFID covers a whole range of passive transponders and readers. However, I'm pretty sure that TSU isn't issuing 915 MHz tags, but rather sub 15 MHz ID cards -- the range of which is around 10cm.  So I probably shouldn't have said "RFID tags", but rather "Your average RFID identification card" and "your average RFID reader".
 
2014-03-01 11:01:49 PM

Frederick: So it is known if a person is in a particular building. That is a type of tracking. Although it is rather passive.


It's tracking, yes. It's also pretty benign and crappy tracking. My college used these types of tags, and the only buildings (or parts of buildings) you needed to use your card to get in were the ones that housed expensive or frequently stolen equipment. Given the number of student's moving through these areas, I doubt anyone ever looked at the logs unless there was something stolen/broken/etc.
 
2014-03-02 12:53:49 PM
The undergraduate who can make a thousand fake RFIDs, attach them to mice, then let them go on campus achieves legendary status.
 
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