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Objects communicating with other objects...

Objects can communicate with other objects indirectly through networks and directly through the use of transponders. A common example of objects communicating with objects through networks is the ATM machine communicating with a central computer. Transponder technology, partially researched at IBM research is comprised of a small programmable chip that is energized by radio frequency waves.


modern cars are network-aware

Objects that Communicate with Objects using Transponders

Objects can communicate with other objects indirectly through networks and directly through the use of transponders. A common example of objects communicating with objects through networks is the ATM machine. Transponder technology, partially researched at IBM is comprised of a small programmable chip that is energized by radio frequency waves.

These miny transponder units can be put to a variety of uses

FastTrak

FastTrak is a transponder mounted on a card that is placed in the dash of your car. When going through a toll gate on a toll road, the transponder is energized by radio waves sent from overhead sensors in the toll gate. The FastTrak system recognizes your card and automatically debits your account--no more stopping at toll booths, helping clear traffic congestion.

Gas Robots

By placing a transponder in the flap of a gas cap a robotic gas pump is able to locate the cap, unscrew it and fill the tank quicker than a conventional pump and without spilling a drop of gasoline. Since the customer never has to leave the vehicle, it is useful for people who live in harsh climates or where personal safety is a concern. This system is currently being used in Sacramento, CA and Sweden.

Asset ID

Some of the new ThinkPads are being shipped with an embedded transponder. This system is calledasset ID. Asset ID allows for inventory tracking, custom configurable systems and better security. Not only will the computer know who it is supposed to be shipped to, it will also know what software it needs and automatically download it from the internet when booted up. In addition the computer will know when it has left a building and send an alert and can disable itself if in the hands of an unauthorized user.

 

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Última atualização: 07/21/2011
Jean Paul Jacob: jacob@almaden.ibm.com

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