Saturday, January 26, 2013

REDUX: Connecticut will lock down infants with RFID

L'enfant on lockdown

BTC - Good 'ol Wisconsin.  Home to Real ID beneficiaries, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, and technology mavens hell bent on getting babies enrolled with RFID tags. Someone made a sale to a receptive Conneticut hospital.

c/o RFID News 
Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. has implemented an RFID system for its child-related facilities in an effort to keep newborns safe and reduce the risk of abductions. 
The hospital has selected Wisconsin-based RF Technologies Safe Place Infant Security product for this effort. It’s implemented the system on three floors of the hospital, including the family birthing and pediatric units. 
Safe Place uses water-resistant, lightweight transmitters and the company’s Smart Sense technology in a band that attaches around an infant’s ankle. Staff can then monitor the infants using automated software. If a band is loose, tampered with or removed, the software alerts the staff. 
Likewise, if an infant wearing a transmitter is in range of a monitored exit, the system can lock the doors and send out a potential security threat alert. Danbury Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network. It delivers about 2,500 babies annually. #

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Friday, January 25, 2013

"Waiting For REAL ID? Take a Seat, It'll Be a While"

BTC - I don't often give to pro-Real ID interest coverage or perspective. However, if you're smart, like this writer, he included the facts and some avant garde whining sounds coming from the DMV tchotchke dealers due to the can kicking.  [NO SOUP FOR YOU!]

c/o Robert Charette at IEEE Spectrum
"The pleasure of watching the endless tug of war over federal (unfunded) mandates versus states’ rights exposed by the REAL ID act is compounded by the risible and ever-changing cost estimates to the states of implementing it. Sensenbrenner originally estimated (i.e., pulled out of the air if not another place) that the cost to change state department of motor vehicle computer systems would be about $2 million per state over 5 years, or $100 million overall. The Congressional Budget Office, sharing the same fantasy, generally concurred, estimating that it would be closer to $120 million over the 5 years total."


We honor the great contribution of civil liberties advocate and analyst at the Hit Parader Institute to cover the nuances of State-to-Federal relations and Real ID.  Comes complete with hissing in stereo.  And I do mean stereo - not iPod.

Great thanks to our homies at the Tenth Amendment Center. Tell Boldin to bring his cowbell.

Monday, January 21, 2013