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RFID Supplier Pulls Out of Student-Tracking Program

The plan at a California elementary school that required students to wear RFID tagged badges has been shelved because the technology supplier has retracted its agreement to provide the system.
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Feb 16, 2005This article was originally published by RFID Update.

February 16, 2005—On Monday we reported on the furor over Brittan Elementary School's plan that required students to wear RFID tagged badges while on school premises. The plan has since been shelved because the RFID technology supplier, InCom Corporation, has retracted its agreement to provide the system to the Sutter, California-based school. The school board had scheduled a discussion about the controversial system for Tuesday night, then it cancelled, owing to InCom's retraction. No official announcement appears on InCom's site.

Without a formal statement from the company, it is difficult to speculate on its abrupt change of course. The obvious possibility is that it didn't want its commercial debut so clouded by wide-reaching negative publicity. And indeed, negative publicity it was getting; even USA TODAY has picked up the story. Another possibility is the connection between the InCom management and key school decision-makers. Some felt that the financial decision to implement the system was of dubious merit.

USA TODAY picked up the story
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