The New RFID chip technology for motorcycle events

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The New RFID chip technology for motorcycle events

Post by Prof » Mon Feb 23, 2009 3:42 pm

Email received form keith in SB...
The New RFID chip technology for motorcycle events

A new technology that promoters say will change motorcycle events forever was introduced in Texas for the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, this past December. In order for a bike to come onto the strand, a parking pass had to be purchased. Each numbered pass was embedded with an RFID chip. RFID (radio frequency identification) is a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person. The link on the Lonestar website said this, "The Chip technology will allow us to pinpoint you and produce a DVD of the entire rally event with personalized footage of you and your bike on the Strand!"

This is how it worked - there were video cameras and chip contact points at different stations in the rally. When the bikers crossed the contact points, that were also time stamped, the cameras captured them through the RFID tag and videoed them. If you wanted to order the dvd, you could go online as instructed on the tag, and enter your parking pass number. Any video taken with that tag number could then be accessed, downloaded and then embedded into a dvd of the rally.

The South Texas Confederation of Clubs held its meeting during the Rally. When members were told that the parking passes which they purchased and volunteers had hung on their bikes were embedded with passive RFID chips, they proceeded to take the passes off their bikes and throw them in a bonfire. Others cut the chips from the passes but kept them on in order to still park at the event.

A search of websites with regard to RFID technology offered information about the capabilities to track people and their habits; government agencies and law officials could use the technology to violate the Fourth Amendment. The federal government has repeatedly expressed a desire to consolidate transaction information from commercial databases into a single, centralized database under its control. Once such transaction data includes unique EPC serial numbers linked to the identity of purchasers, RFID tags could be scanned at strategic locations and used to identify people that pass by as well as surreptitiously scan their belongings. Walmart and Target Stores have been implicated in the past of using RFID tags to monitor by camera the kinds of people purchasing different cosmetics.

This technology is also being used for implanting in convicted felons to monitor their activity and there are plans for the very near future for everyone in the country as a 'security measure' and linking to a centralized database and financial system.

To summarize the applications of RFID technology as it relates to you as a biker: it is capable of seeing what is in your saddlebags, identifying who you are associating with, eating, smoking, drinking and your whereabouts during a rally. Information downloaded from videotaping could be sold to marketing firms or passed on to law enforcement, anti- gang taskforces, etc.

With all new technology, there are ethical issues that should be addressed involving the rights or infringement of rights of the public. Informing people that a surveillance chip that would be videotaping them was in their parking pass should have been protocol for the event. Without consideration of informed consent, rally promoters and the cities of venue can expect lawsuits waiting to happen. None of the people that we interviewed were aware of the chip or its capabilities in their parking pass. A query of volunteers who were putting the passes on the bikes, also confirmed our suspicions that informed consent was not a priority. The volunteers had not been instructed to tell anyone there was an RFID chip in their parking pass.

Because there are plans to bring RFID technology to other bike events such as Sturgis and Daytona Bike Week, we will continue to monitor this. A word to the wise, if you don't want to be chipped, be cautious of any parking passes or other promotional items given to you at an event. There might be an RFID chip in it. And if your motorcycle club or association provides a service to rallies around the country, such as parking or handing out materials and promotional items, for the sake of the biker community, inquire if RFID technology is being used.

It is our hope that the promoters of the Lone Star Rally would not involve the rally in this invasion of privacy rights. If you would like to offer your opinion of RFID chip technology to the promoters of the Lone Star Rally, please exercise your right to do so by email : rl@lonestarrally.com and the dvd company - wgpsinc@yahoo.com
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Post by roger » Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:23 pm

" Big Brother " is here NOW !!! and only just getting warmed up.

The good bit will be when they put a RFID chip in you , like their already doing to pets and some farm animals.

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Post by Spokes » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:01 pm

roger wrote:" Big Brother " is here NOW !!! and only just getting warmed up.

The good bit will be when they put a RFID chip in you , like their already doing to pets and some farm animals.

Stop the world , I want to get off !
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life [4] unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive [5] a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark , or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.


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Post by Spokes » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:05 pm

Maybe the revelation is nigh?
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Post by pommychopper » Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:31 pm

Maybe you've gone a bit mad???? :D

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Post by bendnstretch » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:14 pm

I'll second that :lol:
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Post by ShovelShane » Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:53 pm

Spokes could be onto something there, Either that or he has hit his head on too many 4x4's :twisted:
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Post by Spokes » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:14 pm

how about all of the above.
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Post by Bacca » Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:51 pm

I'm with you on this one Spokes

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Post by Bearcx » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:32 pm

Watch "Demolition Man" with Sly Stallone, it's coming.

( that's if you can stand his acting. )
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Post by Bearcx » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:33 pm

Or try watching "GATTACA" ...weird, but could be true.
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