As predicted in one of my recent Daily Record articles and in this post in February of 2006, when this blog was in its infancy, the State Department recently approved the use of technology in US passports that allows information stored on the passport to be read from a distance.
As explained in this AP article:
Passport cards for Americans who travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean will be equipped with technology that allows information on the card to be read from a distance...The technology would allow the cards to be read from up to 20 feet away. This process only takes one or two seconds, said Ann Barrett, deputy assistant secretary for passport services at the State Department. The card would not have to be physically swiped through a reader, as is the current process with passports.
Gee, that "technology" sounds an awful lot like the "solution" that I reported that the Department of Homeland Security was seeking in my February 2006 post:
• The solution must...identify the exact location of the read such as a specific pedestrian or vehicle lane in which the token is read. • The solution presented must sense the remote data capture technology carried by a pedestrian traveler at distances up to 25 ft. • The solution presented must sense all tokens carried by travelers seated in a single automobile, truck, or bus at a distance up to 25 ft. while moving at speeds up to 55 mph. • For bus traffic, the solution must sense up to 55 tokens. • For a successful read, the traveler should not have to hold or present the token in any special way to enable the reading of the token's information. The goal is for the reader to sense a token carried on a traveler's person or anywhere in a vehicle.
Tinfoil-hat-wearing conspiracy theorist or eerily prescient? You decide.