RFID, the future of connected objects?
RFID is on the rise! Since the beginning of the year, this technology has attracted more and more people. The first “connected bikini” was born; Australian scientists have hung mini RFID tags on hundreds of bees to study their behavior and thwart their disappearance. Malaysia has announced that it wants to equip all vehicles on its territory with RFID tags, officially in order to better geolocate them in the event of theft and streamline toll payments. However, the border with ethics and bodily integrity is fine, especially when we know that the first “Implant Party” took place in France this summer, allowing to be injected painlessly, an RFID tag under skin to calculate their caffeine level. More and more hotels in Spain are “tagging” their holidaymakers so that they can consume freely.
How will the RFID of the future be?
In view of all this, what does the world of tomorrow have in store for us and what more specifically does the RFID of the future have in store for us?
More and more consumers see connected objects as extensions of themselves. Among the multitude of technologies used to make objects “smart”, RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, is one of the most promising. Based on the automatic capture of data using radio waves and radiation, it is already very present in all industrial sectors, in particular to guarantee the safety of employees and the safety of property.
The general public is not really aware of it, but RFID is the source of many products that they use on a daily basis, such as the Navigo Pass, the Liber T toll system or all the connected objects present in our lives! RFID has the unique advantage of being able to be integrated into a very large number of fields and I imagined, based on my long experience in new technologies, what the RFID of the future could look like, especially in the field of health.
RFID and health, what the future may hold in store for us …
First of all, the RFID of the future will be 100% non-polluting because it will no longer require a battery to supply its low energy needs. It will use the principle of recovering the surrounding energy to feed itself. For example, the RFID implant that we may all have under the skin will feed on the heat of the human body, by the movements that we make. In addition, it will make it possible to continuously evaluate a set of physiological parameters such as body temperature, heart pressure, sugar level or certain hormones. No need to talk about it to understand the benefits that this could bring us: anticipating a cardiac risk, alerting in the event of a fall or abnormal variations in certain data, etc.
Beyond this particularly revolutionary medical aspect, we can also let our imagination sail towards more fantasy. If we apply the RFID of the future to the field of love, imagine that we find a “perfect match”! We all know the dating sites, whose overwhelming success is based in particular on search engines and matching profiles ever more efficient and whose results are starting to be recognized. However, this software is based only on declarative profiles and above all, represents the image of a person at a given moment. Now imagine that they are using RFID data from the human body… They could not only benefit from the complementary physiological data of each of the profiles but also from a “real time” update of this information. Physically and chemically realizing new “couples”, it is a safe bet that the success rates of matching profiles increase considerably with this new situation. In short, love with a capital A guaranteed …
“Transforming the human body into an object”
So RFID is everywhere and will be even more so in the future! Its simplicity and non-polluting qualities allow objects or even human beings to communicate in complete safety.
However, be careful that ill-intentioned actors do not appropriate it for negative ends, crossing the ethical barrier without batting an eyelid. The implantation of tags under the skin is certainly a new and “unprecedented” experience, which can be very useful in the field of health, but can quickly turn the human body into an object, if it is misused.
RFID, a good for the future to be consumed in moderation.
RFID – Radio Frequency IDentification -: Automatic identification technology that uses radio frequency radiation to identify tagged objects as they pass near an interrogator.
Pierre Bonzom is the CEO ofELA Innovation SA. He specializes in RFID technology. Doctor in robotics and expert in new technologies created his company ELA Innovation 15 years ago. A pioneer in the field of connected objects, he has developed a whole range of ultra-efficient miniaturized chips which communicate thanks to a technology that consumes very little energy, Active RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Its products, entirely made-in-France, attract many customers, both in France and abroad.