Information Week reports that VeriChip's RFID-based "Hugs" Infant Protection System sounded an alarm last week when the parents of an infant tried to take their baby out of the hostipal without authorization—security officials were then able to stop the parents before they were able to leave the hostipal with the baby. It's not clear if this is the first time the system was succesfully used or not, but it's currently deployed in some 900 hostipals in the U.S. In addition to preventing abductions, it's also designed to prevent accidental mismatchings. Man, they're totally wrecking on the premises for future Disney kids films, dude—the switched at birth plot device is like, classic.

[Via The Wireless Weblog]

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VeriChip's "Hugs" Infant Protection System