Can RFID Track Hikers?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Track Hikers?
RFID Journal Staff asked 15 years ago

Is it possible to use radio frequency identification technology to monitor the locations of individual hikers in the backcountry?

—Name withheld


RFID is a short-range technology. Even active tags, which have a battery source enabling you to broadcast a signal, have a read range of less than 1,000 feet. Unless interrogators start growing on trees, GPS would be a better option for use with hiking.

—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal

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