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Re: [BKARTS] RFID tags (was ownership markings on books)

On Aug 20, 2006, at 1:05 PM, Octavia & Co. Press wrote:

RFID technology is just in its infancy stages, but may be used to tag
and track rare collections, keeping them safe from theft, and making it
easy for police to track stolen books...and its cheap to set up.
I have been wanting to share some information that I saw in Popular Science magazine --- and now is a good time.
On page 36 of the June 2006 issue of Popular Science, there is an article about "New Ultrathin Radio ID Tags" that can be embedded in money to thwart counterfeiters.
Hitachi has made the newest tag that is skinny enough to fit inside a dollar bill. The tag is only 0.15 millimeter square and 7.5 microns thick, and is 1/15 the size of the next smallest chip. It can store up to 128 bits of data, such as the owner's name and a serial number, and can be read by scanners more than 10 feet away.
The article explains the design, and continues with a statement that an earlier version was successfully used for tickets at the 2005 World Exposition in Japan. And, that "a new, even slimmer version could appear in European and Japanese currency within the next few years".
It certainly would appear that this type of miniature technology could be easily be adapted for use in libraries and museums.
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
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