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

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

RFID Employed Against Terrorism

Pilots and programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security show how RFID technology can speed the movement of people across boarders while reducing the threat of terrorism.
By Bob Violino
Nov 24, 2003—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security—a conglomeration of 22 previously separate and disparate domestic agencies—is charged with protecting the nation against threats to its safety. The department’s initial priority is to protect the United States against terrorist attacks similar to those of Sept. 11, 2001. To do this, DHS agencies analyze threats and intelligence, guard U.S. borders and airports, protect the critical infrastructure and coordinate the response to emergencies.

It’s a daunting challenge, and the DHS expects to lean heavily on emerging technologies to help perform these critical functions. One of the technologies being deployed is RFID, which the DHS sees as useful for identifying people, vehicles and objects, such as cargo shipments. This enables the immigration and customs officials to move low risk people and shipments across borders quickly and focus more time and attention on those that deemed to be a higher risk.

Tom Ridge
Tom Ridge, the Secretary for Homeland Security, has highlighted the need to use RFID to secure cargo containers. And last week, the Bush administration announced plans to require the nation's largest shipping companies to install electronic detection tamper sensors and use reinforced metal seals on millions of cargo containers to reduce the risk of terrorists shipping a dirty bomb or other weapons into the United States.

Electronic seals have been around for a while. When they pass a reader, they automatically signal that the container was opened without authorization. Savi Technology, a Sunnyvale, Calif., provider of supply chain asset management and security solutions, recently introduced a product that goes a step further. The Savi Sentinel, a battery-powered RFID device that clamps to a standard intermodal shipping container, not only acts as a tamper sensor, it also monitors other sensors that report on the conditions and integrity of goods in the container (see Building a Smarter Container).

The department’s Customs and Border Protection Bureau is using RFID for several applications. One is a program called NEXUS, developed jointly by the U.S. and Canadian governments to expedite border crossings by thousands of low-risk travelers who drive across the border frequently.

NEXUS began two years ago with a pilot operation in Port Huron, Mich., and Sarnia, Ontario, and now includes sites in the Pacific Northwest, Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y. Participants sign up for the program at enrollment centers located near major border crossings. Applicants are fingerprinted, have their photos taken and fill out enrollment forms. After background checks for criminal history and for immigration, customs and agriculture violations, applicants are called in for interviews.

Successful applicants receive a NEXUS identification card embedded with a computer chip and RFID antenna. They can access a specially designated crossing lane, drive up to an inspection booth and hold the card up to an RFID reader positioned alongside it.
To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 2,266 words and 4 pages. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

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