Gov’t Contract RFID Devices To Be Used For Disasters, Pandemics and Our Children
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pennsylvania schools are tracking 450 students with RFID devices around their necks during a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh program called Social Mixing and Respiratory Transmission in Schools (SMART). Students in selected school districts will be monitored via RFID chips to see how many people each individual child comes into contact with to determine how a pandemic could be transmitted. Their social activities, conversations, proximity to others and shared items will be tracked as well.
SMART is being conducted with a $700,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This study endeavors to decipher:
Effective ways of keeping a flu from spreading
Should student movement be restricted during class
Should sick children be sequestered