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[aprssig] APRS RF-ID

Rick Green rtg at aapsc.com
Mon Feb 23 16:46:21 UTC 2009

On Mon, 23 Feb 2009, Joel I.  Kandel wrote:

> Probably a bad precedent to set for security purposes.
> Joel, KI4T
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu>
> To: <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 8:28 AM
> Subject: [aprssig] APRS RF-ID
>> APRS-RFID almost!
>> Was giving a talk at the local ARES organization in the local county EOC
>> and mentioned how we could use ARRL radio badges with RFID built in, so
>> that when anyone entered the EOC, their presence would show up on APRS at
>> the EOC on the map.
   Well, that depends on how much of a 'military' mindset your emergency 
response team has.  If they're focussed on natural disasters, and have the 
assumption that the public is equally concerned with efficiently dealing 
with the situation, then public dissemination of asset locations can help 
everybody.  But if your leaders and administrators have a 'Military' 
mindset, and treat the public as if every one were an 'insurgent', bent on 
thwarting their conquest of the situation, then they'll see this as if 
you're communicating vital secrets to the 'enemy', and shoot you for even 
suggesting it!
   The fact that most county EOC's I've seen have tight security, badge 
readers, etc, intended to keep the people they're actually serving OUT, 
tells me that there's a lot of 'military' thinking out there...

Rick Green, N8BJX

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