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Tagging the world via RFID

Tom S. Noda | Jan. 11, 2010
With all the fuss that's been going around the Land Transportation Office's (LTO) radio frequency identification (RFID) project, only one thing is certain -- RFID, per se, will affect many people's lives.

Included in the Php350 tag, he says, is the IT security at LTO's database. With five million vehicles registered and 10 million driver's licenses, Dizon reveals the LTO experiences about 100 hacking attempts per day since 2002. However, all attempts have been unsuccessful. "The RFID system is linked to the LTO database. And it has redundant security."

Dizon says not anyone can just replicate the LTO's RFID tag. "As compared to license plates or registration stickers, RFID tags are impossible to replicate. Each RFID tag all over the world is unique and is controlled by an industry organization called Electronic Product Code Global (EPC Global). This organization ensures that every RFID tag in the world is assigned a unique ID and therefore RFID tags cannot be pirated or duplicated. This is certified by ISO 18000-6C."

To date, the RFID project has undergone various approval processes since September 2007. This was presented to several committees in LTO to determine in length its technical, operational, legal and financial viability. The project was also independently evaluated by the Department of Trade and Commerce (DOTC) prior to actual release and issuance of the department order.

Meanwhile, as far as public consultations are concerned, Dizon says there were two public consultations held on February 11 and 19, 2009. The first was in Visayas and Mindanao; and the second, in Luzon. Notices to the public were also published in newspapers before the actual consultation. Afterwards, LTO reported that a favorable endorsement was passed by the national transport leaders.


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