Hungarian airport to RFID every passenger?

Oct 12, 2006 8:18 pm
The BBC is reporting that Debrecen airport in Hungary is about to test attaching radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to every passenger.

This sounds like one of those fabrications that zoom about the internet. But the BBC reports that Dr Paul Brennan, an electrical engineer from University College London, is leading the tagging project, known as Optag. "The basic idea is that airports could be fitted with a network of combined panoramic cameras and RFID (radio frequency ID) tag readers, which would monitor the movements of people around the various terminal buildings," they quote Brennan.

At check-in, each passenger would somehow be tagged. "In our system, the location can be detected to an accuracy of 1m, and video and tag data could be merged to give a powerful surveillance capability," he says.

Maybe the right-wing thugs have overthrown the Hungarian government. Or perhaps civil liberties are quaint 20th Century ideas.