Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Active RFID - What about the environment?

My response to InfoWorld's The case for active RFID - Ephraim Schwartz

I hope any issues with the disposal of RFID tags - passive, active or otherwise - is not going to be an afterthought. I can only assume that passive tags are harmless, but your opinion piece on active tags makes me scared for all of the batteries being thrown in the garbage or scattered all over the earth. Maybe the added expense of active tags will encourage reuse, but that will won't stop eventual or accidental disposal.

What is the environmental impact of all of these tags in our disposable packaging? I hope we don't find out too late as we've done with the millions of old PCs and and monitors. My fear on RFID is that as they take off, disposal of billions or trillions (keep going....) of tags will be a problem.

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