Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Nifty. New technology tried out in Iraq.

The war with Iraq has created the first opportunity for the U.S. military to use RFID technology on a massive scale for tracking combat casualties. The RFID chip embedded in wristbands is being deployed to track the identification, status and location of wounded soldiers and civilians arriving for treatment.

RFID technology has so far been used to tag merchandise and other goods for distribution. Now, the U.S. Navy has directly applied the technology to sailors. Medical data stored in the RFID chip sewn into a wristband can travel with wounded soldiers, and data can be read by RFID-enabled handheld devices that can identify each patient. The chips also allow doctors to add, change or create new triage records on the chip.

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