Could RFID Be Used to Track Stolen Motor Vehicles?

By RFID Journal

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Ask The ExpertsCould RFID Be Used to Track Stolen Motor Vehicles?
RFID Journal Staff asked 13 years ago

And if so, how might this be accomplished?

—Name withheld


Radio frequency identification is increasingly being utilized to identify vehicles. In Bermuda, for example, most of the island nation's cars and trucks currently have RFID-enabled registration stickers attached to their windshields. Other nations—including Brazil, China, Dubai, India, Mexico and South Africa—have either already begun implementing RFID-enabled vehicle-identification and -registration systems, or are currently eyeing them. So the technology can be used to identify a stolen vehicle.

That said, RFID is not effective for tracking stolen cars, as it is a short-range technology. Even long-range active RFID transponders have a read range of only 3,000 feet (914 meters) or so. To track vehicles, you would need to install RFID readers on every street corner, which just wouldn't be feasible. GPS-based tracking devices are far more cost-effective for this type of application.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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