May 25, 2007

Wi-Fi and RFID to keep track of you?

Filed under: GPS, RFID, tracking, Wi-Fi — Mike @ 3:02 pm

A recent BBC article: Wi-Fi and RFID used for tracking, reports how companies are currently trying to tout wireless tracking systems that could be used to protect patients in hospitals and students on campuses through tracking them in real time.

My first impression was this all sounds a bit familiar. Another way of technology intruding on our privacy. Very ‘big brother’.

But it was the idea of how this technology could be used in emergency situations that made me think that maybe there’s a definite good to be had from these systems. If, for instance, the systems allowed Fire brigade services to access them, they could be far more efficient at ensuring burning buildings were evacuated and help locate trapped persons quicker?

This idea could be extended to the use of rescue services utilising GPS tracking in phones to help locate victims trapped in buildings at the scenes of earthquakes, maybe?

There is obviously still the issue regards misuse of information and the fact the a large number of people are still very uncomfortable about the possible invasion of their privacy to overcome.

But on this last point though, as younger generations appear to be fully embracing social networking and the sharing of personal information on the web, how concerned are they likely to be in the future about the fact someone knows where they are? Perhaps letting everyone know where you are will just be a part of everyday life and the inconvenience of them trying to find out, one less thing to worry about?


1 Comment »

  1. people are going to have issues with privicy and location based applications until they feel protected.
    If they have issues, or any bad experiences, it will really put a spanner in the works for innovation (like the applications described above)min this area.
    I suggest a location based charter needs to be written – unless there’s one out there anyone? – to protect the experiences we will be designing and to frame new ideas under a context of privicy protection and accessability

    Comment by danielharris — May 30, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

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