Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Ask The Experts Forum

BlogsAsk The Experts ForumHow Can I Remove an Implanted RFID Transponder?

How Can I Remove an Implanted RFID Transponder?

Posted By RFID Journal, 09.17.2014

I have been implanted with a radio frequency identification chip. How can I find out which frequency is being used? How can I nullify the chip or block the signal? And can I turn the chip off?

—Name withheld

———

I seriously doubt you have been implanted with an RFID transponder. First, you would see a noticeable mark on your body from the implantation needle. Second, there would be no value to anyone in implanting someone with a chip, since it could only be read from about 8 inches away. RFID is useless for tracking someone in this manner.

The frequency of such a chip (assuming one were implanted, which is unlikely) would most likely be 134 KHz, though it could also be 125 KHz. These would be low-frequency (LF) devices. You could buy an RFID reader, but all you would be able to do is interrogate the 16-digit serial number stored in the transponder. These devices do not have a kill command, like passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID transponders based on the Electronic Product Code (EPC) standard. The chip would be placed just under the skin, and could easily be removed by a doctor in an office setting (if there were a chip—which, as I said, I doubt is the case). Or you could wrap common kitchen aluminum foil around the area where the chip was located (if there was, indeed, a chip... which, again... oh, you know).

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Login and post your comment!

Not a member?

Signup for an account now to access all of the features of RFIDJournal.com!

Next Post
What Is EPC Gen2 v2?
Previous Post
Can You Recommend a Low-Cost Passive Rea...
PREMIUM CONTENT
Case Studies Features Best Practices How-Tos
RFID JOURNAL EVENTS
Live Events Virtual Events Webinars
ASK THE EXPERTS
Simply enter a question for our experts.
TAKE THE POLL
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON TWITTER
Loading
RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations
© Copyright 2002-2016 RFID Journal LLC.
Powered By: Haycco