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U.S. military expands radio-wave tracking

The U.S. Department of Defense is expanding its use of an emerging technology that combines radio waves and computer networks to track shipments of military supplies, in what some consider the largest project of its kind. The massive government agency, which runs the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, has recently expanded a multimillion contract for so-called radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, according to one of the military’s primary suppliers of RFID equipment. RFID systems have been touted during the past several years as a potentially major advance in the field of logistics, giving people the means to track the movement and location of supplies as well as identify particular shipments. The way they work is by attaching special “tags” containing microchips to an object, such as a container of ammunition. The tag emits radio waves, transmitting a unique identification code that can be read by radio frequency scanning devices in an object’s vicinity. Full Story

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