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Forum topic by Hartmann posted 11-15-2012 09:55 PM 1261 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2012 09:55 PM

Great little device….,

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 10:29 PM

It sounds like a great idea, but how many pawn shops, flea markets, etc. have the reader? Most today go by pictures and serial numbers. Every guitar shop I know of treats stolen goods with serial numbers and descriptions. Lots of music gear gets stolen. Nobody talks about chips. I guess if you told the authorities that the tool had a chip, they might use the reader they would use for pets, if they even have one.
I used to sponsor greyhounds, and a lot of them had the chips, especially if they ran well and made money at the track. Turns out the only people who had the readers were dog pounds, the tracks, and a very few vets.

The chip is a good idea, but how many readers are out there?

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#2 posted 11-15-2012 10:48 PM

It is a good idea, but it’s going to have to get to a level where millions of people are using it before I think it would be really effective. This RFID equipment has a lot of potential and Walmart is the one that financed a lot of the research to get the technology to where it is today. The goal of Walmart is to have a customer fill up a shopping cart and then simply push it through the check out and everything in the cart gets instantly totaled up and you swipr your credit card in the reader and you check out in 30 seconds even if you have 200 items in your cart. Basically it does the job of all your cashiers putting them out of work.

These RFID chips have the potential for somebody with a proper reader to walk into a Pawn Shop and instantly scan everything in the room looking for chips that have been flagged as stolen.

At my last employer, which was a law enforcement agency, we looked at this technology to use within the department to track everything. Our main goal was to track files. An RFID would be put on every file in the office. With the Cadillac systm an RFID reader would be put in every doorway in the building. if I was looking for file XYZ all I would have had to do was go to the computer, punch in XYZ and it would tell me exactly which room that file was in. I could also see a history of everybody who had the file. When it went through a door you could even tell which way it was going when it went through the door. For example if it went through an exterior door you could tell if it was coming or going and it would give you the exact time. You could check the security cameras and see exactly who took it through the door. You could put the RFID chips on every piece of equipment and furniture to. Want to know what happened to the laptop computer? Just go check on the computer on it’s last location.

In the end we never got this system because the price was too high. But as more people start using it the prices will come down.

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