Friday, January 13, 2006

Rudolf's Red Nose Goes Modern

Santa no longer will have to whistle to find his pals:

The state of Colorado is testing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags as one way to help protect elk herds from contagious disease.

Working with three ranchers and a vendor of animal-tracking systems, the state last month wrapped up a pilot test that involved tracking animals using passive RFID tags. Now the state is looking to launch another test with active RFID tags, which will hopefully extend the tracking range, said Scott Leach, a field investigator for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Active RFID tags are battery powered and can send out a signal at predetermined intervals. Passive tags only transmit data when scanned and tend to have a smaller range.

Yes, I know elk and reindeer are different. But it's just a matter of time.

Net up: RFID "Naughty" or "Nice" tags for the kiddies. All in the name of Lean Logistics...

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