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RFID rains from on high

Ryan Block, @ryan

Government need a cheap, quick, easy way to assess disaster damages? Well, what's cheap, quick, easy, and wireless? You guessed it: RFID. Apparently the  Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) wants to rain heat, infrared, and vibration sensing RFID tags from choppers onto disaster sites creating a RFID-mesh network, of sorts. Apparently a mere 10,000 sensors could survey an area as broad as a large airport, and even at a very costly buck a pop, it still weighs in as an extremely cost-effective method of assessing damages and finding survivors.

[Via RFID in Japan]

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