RFID Implanted in Wyoming Students-Fiction!

 RFID Implanted in Wyoming Students-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is an alarming email that contains an article that alleges students in Wyoming are being injected with RFID chips during the launch of Obamacare.  The article said that “overall public opinion of the RFID seems to be positive among the Hanna, Wyoming’s townsfolk.”

The Truth:

The article originated from the satire website National Report
It is a joke and should not be taken seriously.

RFID is an acronym for Radio Frequency Identification.  This micro technology have no power source and they must be read by scanners, what what the industry calls “RFID readers.”   Because of this they can not read these chips at any great distances.  They work by absorbing a signal from scanner a few inches away.  

By adding casing containing antennas and power to the RFID you loose the tiny size but gain how much distance a scanner will work in a particular setting.   An RFID microchip can be injected under the skin of a pet to help find the owner when lost.   In a battery powered casing with an internal antenna you can use this technology to lock or unlock your automobile.    RFIDs in larger cases with internal antennas can be used to at toll booths.

RFIDs have unique information.  The tags that retail stores put on merchandise are not RFID because they indicate to the reader whether an item was paid and properly checked out before passing a scanner.


Posted 10/21/13

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