Say Hello to Big Brother

It’s an electronic bulls-eye on your back:

Cisco has come under fire from privacy groups as it prepares to launch a wireless RFID server that can track people and equipment using existing Wi-Fi networks.

The Wireless Location Appliance 2700 is designed to track RFID tags down to a few metres and display the location on a central map.

Alarms can be raised if the tag moves out of a predefined area, allowing companies to track equipment and, more controversially, personnel.

“This can track your most valuable assets and people,” said Phil Dean, manager of applications networking for Cisco EMEA.

I’d be curious to see what government contracts Cisco holds. This system would be useful to keep tabs on people who don’t use cell phones or drive cars equipped with OnStar.

Oh, sorry–is my tinfoil hat showing?


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