Retail-safe RFID unveiled

Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 12:22 AM EST

IBM is introducing a new kind of wireless identification tag this week that it hopes will quell privacy unrest over plans to use RFID technology in retail stores.

The so-called Clipped Tag has a notched antenna that consumers can tear off, much like the end of a ketchup packet. Removing this panel drastically reduces the readable range of the device, from about 30 feet to less than 2 inches, according to IBM.

At Wired.

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