Let’s Tag The Buggers

picture of rfid device next to a grain of rice for size comparison
RFID Device Compared To Grain Of Rice

Every now and then, somebody takes a bad idea and turns it into something that can benefit all. Some San Antonio, schools are losing money because they don’t know whether or not all the students show up at school. Now, you would think that a simple roll call would solve that problem. But, nooooo… Not in today’s America.

You see, high school students may or may not be in home room. They may be taking their last smoke before class, thereby keeping their nicotine and thc levels up to par. Or, maybe they are running late, not having spent the last of their lunch money in the poker machines down at the corner convenience store. Students can be unreliable when it comes to showing up on time.

Now, that causes problems with the school’s cash flow because most states partially fund the school systems based on attendance. Ouch! If the kids don’t show up everyday, the school systems can lose money.

Enter the RFID tag. This means Radio Frequency Identification tag, a technology that has been used on railroad freight cars for decades, and in other industries. The schools will put RFID tags into the students identification cards, and an RF sweep of the classroom will make it easy to take the attendance roll. I don’t know how they are going to get the ID’s of the kids still smoking at the Seven Eleven.

This brings me to make a modest suggestion. If the RFID in the student’s ID card is a good idea, why not go all the way and just put it on or in their bodies, somewhere? Well, why not? The little turkey’s will forget to bring their ID’s, anyway. Then, somebody will start paying other students to carry their ID to class, thereby being counted as present. Believe me, if the system can be cracked, a bunch of high school students will do it.

In the last few years we have seen a terrible surge in kidnapping of small and school age children. My little idea of putting an RFID tag on or in their bodies seems pretty sound to me. I know, some people will rebel on the grounds that their kid’s privacy will be invaded. There would be a trade-off between privacy considerations and safety.

Maybe the RFID system will not work well for my proposal. Maybe there are other technologies out there. One of the weaker features is that the RFID tag has no inherent power. It is triggered by local microwave transmissions remote from the tag. The tag re-emits a very low power microwave signal dependent on the strength of its received signal, and that would make it hard for a police helicopter search, for example.

However, with hearing-aide and pace-maker battery technology, you can launch a low power, but much stronger signal.

My heart breaks every time I hear of a four-year old child being abducted, or a seventeen year-old girl being dragged into a car, raped, and her body being dumped by the roadside. Will we ever be able to harness technology to fight these senseless crimes?

I think a simple RFID tag for each child would be beneficial. Let me know what you think.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Tag The Buggers”

  1. Bob, on the face of it, I think it’s a horrible, Big Brother idea. But, when it comes to child abductions, maybe not….still, the idea’s creepy and I’d say ‘no’ for now.
    Also, if a kid’s at the 7 Eleven and late to class, we don’t want them accounted for magically with a card that says they’re there. We give detention and Saturday school for kids who can’t make it on time too many times in a row. We’ve got to teach them, not give them time for a smoke!! 🙂 Of course, we’re a private school.

  2. You are right, of course. However, the idea of a chip on/in a chlid appeals to me more and more as we hear about little ones being abducted. It may be one bad idea to stop another, but everytime we get one of those child alerts on TV, I have to wonder if there isn’t some sort of technology that can help prevent it.

  3. I think the intentions are good and noble, however it’s probably too complex an issue to easily come up with a view on it. You have to consider things like – who will have access to the tracking mechanisms, are there any health side effects from having a microchip implanted in children, if the scumbags out there get wind that the kids might have a chip in them the easiest way to get rid of it might be the the most painful way if you know what I mean.

    I understand where you are coming from and heaven forbid, if my little one were taken I’d jump at the chance to have a tracking device but I wonder what has to be given in return. Unfortunately I find that in life, everything comes at a price.

  4. Thanks for the thoughtful reply. I agree about the concerns, and am on the same page with you. Here in the states, there systems whereby law enforcement can interrupt television programs to announce the abduction or disappearance of a child. This information is also transmitted to electronic signs on some of our freeways. The information has been a big help in recovering children. The first few hours after the abduction are critical, and the system has justified itself.

    There was a case in Florida a few years ago where a guy kidnapped a 9 year old girl from her house, and took her to his place down the street. He did his sick thing, and then buried her alive. With some sort of locator, I believe her life could have been saved.


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