RFID and the Arts

By John Edwards

Arts organizations are turning to RFID as a flexible and cost-effective way to track and safeguard precious objects.

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On New Year's Day morning 2000, a smoke canister crashed through a skylight at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England. Fire alarms sounded at the world's oldest public museum, and as security guards rushed from the building, a thief dropped a rope ladder through the skylight, lowered himself into a gallery and helped himself to a Cezanne painting entitled "Auvers-sur-Oise". The thief—and the £3 million ($5.9 million) artwork—were gone well befo...

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