U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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What do the human body, cargo seals, and passports have in common? They're all the focus of applications for radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medical uses, the VeriChip from Applied Digital Solutions is a miniature RFID device that can be implanted under the human skin. About the size of a grain of rice, the device contains a 16-digit verification number that can be read by a proprietary scanner.

Joseph E. Krull, CPP, an executive with Applied Digital, had a VeriChip implanted on himself to show how it works. The chip has an access code that allows medical personnel to go into the company's secure database to get Krull's personal medical history. He sees myriad future applications for the technology, including ID-theft protection, computer security authentication, and ID tags for the military.

Use of RFID "smart box" technology for protecting cargo can result in financial benefits to shippers as well as greater homeland security, according to a recent study by A. …

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