RFID and Homeland Permeability
The opening of "Ready Lanes" to speed border
crossings from Canada and Mexico into the U.S. is significant, less because
RFID is used in border crossing identity cards than it is for the fact that
RFID is finally being used.
I used the "Homeland Permeability" headline in the
April 27, 2006 issue. In the 2006 issue, I concluded with the following.
I titled this article
"Homeland Permeability" because that is what RFID-enabled travel
documents would enable. In generalized scientific terms, a permeable membrane
permits the passage of certain molecules while preventing the passage of
Now, five years later, RFID is actually being used to
facilitate traffic across U.S.
borders. While safety and security are clear concerns for everyone, convenience
is also high on the average citizen's list of priorities. And that's what RFID
Publication date: May 2011