DARPA wants to electronically RFID tag US combat soldiersSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 18:14
According to this presentation (pdf), given last year by DARPA officials, IFPS would consist of a small, three-inch lightweight tag attached to a soldier’s uniform and a variety of vehicle-borne or portable receivers. The tag does not need to have GPS, allowing its battery to last much longer.
Meanwhile, Fortress Technologies announced this month that it has been selected this week as part of the team to support the DoD’s identity protection and management program. The contract, awarded to Telos, runs for one year with four, one-year options and has a potential value of $582 million, if all options are exercised.
Handheld devices will be used at U.S. military checkpoints worldwide to scan Common Access Cards, the standard identification card for active duty military personnel and eligible contractors. DMDC maintains an archive of personnel, manpower, training, security, and financial data for more than 28 million individuals connected to the DoD.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) automatically broadcasts vessel information, such as their position, speed, and navigational status, at regular intervals via a VHF transmitter built into the transponder. That’s the kind of thing that could migrate to tiny Mobile WiMAX devices or utilize domestic satellite links from ICO and MSV as soon as next year.
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