Homeland Security RFID Declaration Means Little
Opinion: Is the Homeland Security secretary's comment that the department is abandoning RFID somewhat of an overstatement?For retail RFID observers, the comment Feb. 9 from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that his department was abandoning radio-frequency identification for one aspect of border protection should have been big news. Upon closer examination, its really not. The saga started Feb. 9 when a major wire service reported that Homeland Security was abandoning RFID across the entire department. On Feb. 12, Homeland Security clarified that the comments were limited to the exit portion of its VISIT border control effort. Even so, if Homeland Security is abandoning RFID for that important program because of "unsuccessful" tests, those results should give pause to others.
One key official with the VISIT program, however, said the reasons for stepping back from RFID for the program shouldnt concern others.