RFID Road Stickers To Help Malaysian Authorities Track Cars

/ 5 years ago


4 years ago it was suggested that people could use RFID windshield tags to help pay for everything from parking to checking if you have permission to actually go into a car park. Seems like Malaysia is looking at using a similar technology now to help track and monitor vehicles.

The system will run a pilot programme at a border checkpoint this October but could expand to cover all of Malaysia by the end of 2018. The sticker will be in the same shape and form as a road tax sticker and could be used to track all vehicles within the country, even going so far as to shatter and transmit warnings if you try to remove it.

The device is suggested for multiple uses including data analysis, tracking things such as the location of traffic jams and monitoring average speeds of roads and junctions.

The objections that currently are appearing to this scheme are the same that come out when any monitoring program is released or announced. By placing a tracker on every car, you could monitor specific people, even those who have done nothing wrong. While the details and identification codes for each tag and car would be encrypted, in light of recent news regarding digital monitoring and hacking, we are all far too aware that there is very little that can be called “secure” in the modern world.

Thank you Engadget for the information and the image.

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