This is useful for sensors that cannot be deployed with a guaranteed orientation, such as those dropped from aircraft. NDSU Develops “Smart” Paper and Antennaless RFID Tags
This is more about the RFID research at North Dakota. I don’t find this comforting, either.
And tracks the employees, too, if someone wants to do that. This is one of the uses of ARPHID that might be appropriate. If you are ill and being carted around the hospital, if wait times can be reduced, that may be positive. I only wonder how long before they dispense with lanyard and just embed the ARPHID in your body… *Tagging patients.
*In an alternate world there’s a cyber-situation where RFID networks are huge and social networks are a relatively minor enterprise. But here’s an arphid-Facebook mashup that oughta make Katherine Albrecht grab her microphone and yell. http://rfid.thingmagic.com/rfid-blog/bid/62552/The-Engine-in-RFID
“RFID + Social Networking = Reach
via Arphid Watch: ThingMagic, RFID, social networks | Beyond The Beyond.