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The US Air Force is adopting RFID tagging to track tools and aeroplane parts around the aircraft storage and maintenance area at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, but with a site of 110 million square feet traditional tags won't give you much of a location. RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm, which would make …

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Anonymous Coward

Are we quite sure of our facts here . . .

RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm

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Alien

re: plans to tag everything

Real time tracking of all tools? - wonder what will happen the workers will realise the fact the parts/tools haven't moved for hours and are happy to tell boss their location

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Boffin

Re: Are we quite sure of our facts here . . .

> RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm

Better double check yours. The RFID tags in the E-ZPass (and Fastlane) tags work well beyond 10cm.

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@comment 1

You Sir, are an idiot - try reading the article

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Risky!

So if they forget to remove one of these tags, an enemy aircraft or air defense system might be able to use WLAN and RFID transponders to activate the tag. They might even be able to get track data straight from the onboard GPS. At the very least, they might be able to triangulate on a responding tag.

@AC "RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm" Yeah - Passive RFID not usually good for more than 30cm. However, Active RFID tags might be good for more than 100m.

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to AC @ 11:45

Yes, I was also confused by that, especially the bit in the artice that states:

"RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm, which would make the technology impractical on a site of this size."

Doh!!!!

Next time RTFA?

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Boffin

Re: Re: Are we quite sure of our facts here . . .

If you mentally insert quotes around comment 1 (not a tricky task) it makes sense. I'm guessing the AC was questioning they range given, and not suggesting what it really is.

@AC Re: comment 1.

You'll notice that it's taken verbatim from the article, ergo he read the article.

We need a hand slaps face icon.

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When the ant army marches ...

... that 10cm range will be HUGE

(please see icon)

You probably should correct this:

"RFID is normally used for ranges around 10cm"

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re: comment 1

I actually read that as questioning the validity of the 10cm statement.

Punctuation is important!

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Huge expensive task...

And all in all it hopes to overcome the problem of idiots not putting things back when they are done.

Gotta love the engineers solutions for problems. Training staff to clean up after themselves instead would probably save them millions. But hey, this is the US military. They don't have limits on their money...

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