I’ve always considered RFID to be “neat technology”. I knew that Walmart was starting to mandate the use of RFID by its many suppliers, but beyond that, I never really heard of any practical, “real world” use of the technology. I guess some credit card suppliers were considering it (or perhaps already are using it), but RFID had never really “hit home” at a personal level.
Now granted, I’m not big on gambling (I go to casinos for the buffets, frankly) – but here, to me is a “real world” example of RFID in action:
The Chip Inventory System, from a company called Progressive Gaming, uses RFID technology to provide tracking of chips in a casino environment. Casinos can use this technology to track chip flow, detect counterfeit chips and determine how much was just won/lost on a particular bet.
It’s a little too “Big Brother” to me, but I can imagine that investment in this technology (by casinos) may have a nice return. When I go for seconds on the buffet desert line, I’ll leave my RFIDs with a friend – back at the table.