From: Jim Yanik
Subject: Re: Tracker implant for children - Real or Fake?
Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 05:24:31 +0000 (UTC)
Organization: Friends of Lummox
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 05:24:31 +0000 (UTC)
reinier.I_HATE_SPAM.gerritsen@NO_SPAMchampionchip.nl (Reinier Gerritsen)
wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org:
> In the Brittish newspaper The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk, Sept 3,
> 2002) there was an article "Girl to get tracker implant to ease
> parent's fears."
> I want to start a discussion about the technology, *not* about ethics.
> Some parts of the article:
> "Danielle Duval (11-year-old) will have the device implanted in her
> arm in the next few months. The miniature chip will apperently send a
> signal via a mobile phone network to a computer, wich will be able to
> pinpoint her location on a map."
> "Professor Kevin Warwick (cybernetics department ar Reading
> University) said there were a few technological problems to be ironed
> out, including exactly how to recharge the chip's battery, but he
> expected Danielle to be fitted with the device, under local
> anaesthetic by a doctor, in a few months."
> "Among the technical questions to be addressed is wether the chip
> should remain dormant in the limb until emergeny arose, or wether it
> should emit a signal 24 hours a day."
> My local (Dutch) paper wrote that te girl was already chipped. On the
> TV they showed a glass transponder of about 3cm length and a few mm in
> diameter, the very same transponders our company uses to time
> athletes. We read them at about 1m in optimal conditions.
> I don't believe this story. As far as I know, it is impossible to make
> a GSM compatible transceiver and a battery and an antenna in such a
> small volume. If I see the problems to be "ironed out", it cannot be
> done in just a few months. *Maybe* you can fit it all in a tiny glass
> tube, but the battery will be drained in a few hours at best.
> Any comments?
> Reinier Gerritsen
> The Netherlands
Perhaps this is really more of the type of 'chip' that is used for
identifying pets,that must be scanned at close range,generally inches away
from their skin,deriving power from applied RF energy.No 'locator' device.
Really only useful for ID'ing an unknown corpse.
I've read of a wristwatch that has the tracker/GPS function,works similar
to a GSM cellphone.
Jim Yanik,NRA member
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