Comments: Why passports will have RFIDs

They already have it in the passports in the US.

Posted by Jimbo at February 1, 2006 08:27 AM

hi ian. i've always wondered why it would take so much longer to insert a passport containing a chip on the last page into a reader. passport officials already usually swipe the machine-readable section of this page through a reader. takes away pretty much all of the rfid security problems.

Posted by IanB at February 1, 2006 09:12 AM

Well, the devil is in the details. The problem with using the experience of the masstransits is that they are only interested in LOW VALUE transactions.

Whereas the passport people are inherently after HIGH VALUE transactions.....

Which means the experience is not as valid as all that, and the need to for fast throughput is actually not that relevant.

Posted by IanG at February 1, 2006 09:13 AM

Except, as I pointed out, tests showed that RFID-enabled passports were processed more slowly. So the LAX factor is the inverse of your claim.

Posted by Adam at February 1, 2006 10:12 AM

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Posted by Lynn at February 1, 2006 01:05 PM

"The problem with using the experience of the masstransits is that they are only interested in LOW VALUE transactions."

That's right. Some London Transport season tickets aren't worth more than a few thousand pounds :)

One thing missing from the experience bullet points: the experience of the mass transit folks is that contactless has a much lower lifetime cost of ownership.

Posted by Dave Birch at February 12, 2006 02:58 PM
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