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"Positive ID" ( Nasdaq PSID )
September 8, 2009 -- VeriChip Corporation (NASDAQ: CHIP) ("VeriChip"), a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, and Steel Vault Corporation (OTCBB: SVUL) ("Steel Vault"), a premier provider of identity security products and services, announced today that VeriChip has agreed to acquire Steel Vault and form PositiveID Corporation to offer identification tools and technologies for consumers and businesses. In conjunction with the merger, VeriChip plans to change its name to PositiveID and continue to trade on the NASDAQ. PositiveID intends to change its ticker symbol to "PSID" upon closing of the transaction.
The companies believe that joining personal health records and identity security solutions provides a solid foundation for organic growth and a strong, flexible platform for future offers. ( Ed: personal ID in right hand or forehead )
It is expected that Scott R. Silverman, the current Chairman and CEO of VeriChip, will become PositiveID's Chairman and CEO, and that William J. Caragol, the CEO of Steel Vault, will become PositiveID's President and Chief Operating Officer.
As we focus on securing consumers' financial information and addressing the critical need for secure, online personal health records, we believe we are well positioned to benefit from federal stimulus funding.
PositiveID will address the significant market need to monitor critical data on an ongoing basis to protect consumers and ensure data integrity and safety.
Tracking with passive rfid chips:
Federal grants for Verichip's VeriMed ( aka "Health Link" ) electronic health records ( EHR )
Ed: subsidizing the system
"The Company [ Ed: Verichip] believes its history and expertise in patient identification and EHRs [ electronic health records ] will position it to benefit from stimulus funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which authorized $23 billion in spending for healthcare information technology, with a concentration on the implementation and adoption of EHRs.
In early 2008, the Company changed the name of this system [ VeriMed ] to Health Link and has enrolled a total of 536 patients in the Health Link EHR.
''' VeriMed Health Link offers the only secure means to access electronic health information that is guaranteed to always be with the patient"
As part of the federal government's Health Information Technology (HIT) initiative, led by its National Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal, a significant grant program has been deployed to evolve electronic health records and the 21st century health care system.
VeriChip Corporation believes it is well positioned to benefit from federal grants given to physicians and hospitals in order to evolve not only its own Health Link EHR, but, more importantly, the overall goal of a universal medical record with full functionality, interoperability and portability.
Ed: Full " functionality " would include billing insurers and receiving payments... a global banking system tied to the chip.
Will the next "evolution" be a subdermal chip in the right hand or forehead to include a global payment system ? Time will tell.
Global Payments Broadband
Verichip cashes out subsidiaries; Sole Focus: human chip applications
Summary of Progression of Verichip -- morphing into more invasive devices
"The Companys VeriMed Health Link system is the connection between a patient and their personal health record. ... Health Link utilizes a tiny microchip (similar in size to a grain of rice), handheld scanner and a secure online database. The Health Link microchip stores only a unique 16-digit identification number and is injected just under the skin in the rear upper portion of the right arm.
The Company has always focused on improving the health and welfare of high-risk patients who chose its first-of-its-kind, FDA-cleared technology, the VeriMed™ Health Link system. As the VeriMed Health Link system evolves from identification to other applications including potential diagnosis and treatment, with applications ranging from the glucose-sensing microchip to other sensor applications and more, the Company envisions the full development of its technology through various patents it holds. In light of the current administration and its focus on personal health records, the Company anticipates the continuing evolution of its intellectual property and technology
Embedded Bio-Sensor System"
.....the development of An Integrated Sensor System for the Detection of Bio-Threats from Pandemics to Emerging Diseases to Bio-Terrorism,"
....identification and security needs around the globe.
VeriChip expects to hold a conference call at the end of July to discuss recent corporate events and the future direction of the Company.
Articles by Richard M Smith ( privacy expert )
RFID and Verichip : Note subtitles to left bar :
Internet : Ultimate Surveillance
FROM THREE FEET AWAY ....
"Passive RFID theoretically solves this problem by storing information on a 64- or 96-bit computer chip embedded in a substrate inside a paper tag sandwich that usually sports a printed bar code, too. A reader, either fixed or handheld, beams a low-power signal in the UHF frequency band (860 MHz to 960 MHz) to access information from tags on pallets and the individual cases stacked on those pallets at a range of about 3 feet. "
Tags can be active, passive or semi-passive.
1. Active tags include batteries that enable them to send a signal to a reader. The signal can be transmitted up to 1,500 feet, said Mohsen Moazami, vice president of the Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco Systems.
2. Passive tags lack batteries and tap readers for power instead. The signal range is generally less than 30 feet,
3. Semi-passive tags offer a compromise. A battery runs the microchip's circuitry, but it still needs to tap power from a reader to communicate. The battery boost, however, extends the range of semi-passive tags to 300 feet, Moazami said. He said prices range from $2 to $20 per tag.
Sensor Telemetry -- Accenture
"The next technology to play a part in achieving this optimisation could be sensor telemetry, a combination of sensors and two-way wireless communications that allows firms to gather detailed data from products, people and places
Just as RFID allows organisations to sense and detect physical assets, so sensor telemetry can give a live, detailed and continuously updated view about the status of those assets.
With an RFID tag, objects would just send out alerts saying "I'm present", but that's all. When you use a sensor, not only can it say that it's present, but it can also tell you a range of other information, such as what temperature it is,' said Illsley.
By linking that live data to a backend system that can analyse it and identify exceptions against a set of established parameters, firms can build a network of assets that effectively monitors itself.
A web-based software application aggregates all this data, giving staff a live view
Passive Tag powers sensors, switches
Unlike the sensor in an active RFID tag, the sensor in an Instrumentel passive tag monitors its environment only when a reader interrogates the tag.
RFID smart tags reveal all
Matched to databases
"RFID tags transmit a unique signal when brought into close proximity with the appropriate radio transmission.
[Ed.: meaning within the zone of a scanner, reader or sensor ]
This signal is sent to the RFID tag reader, which then matches the unique signal to a database, which retrieves the pertinent information.
The future uses of RFID tags are virtually infinite, running the gamut from locating lost golf balls
to tracking individuals who have an RFID chip embedded in their body. "
Casino chips will utilize RFID tags to create a virtually counterfeit-proof chip, while some hospitals have even begun replacing standard patient ID bracelets with RFID bands - allowing the hospital to know where every patient, doctor, or piece of medical equipment is located.
Additionally, RFID tags are susceptible to active attacks, meaning that an intruder [ Ed. note: including the government ] could actively send a radio signal and steal the information on the RFID tag. Imagine the consequences: a burglar could walk by your apartment, emit a radio signal and discover exactly what possessions are located inside.
World Cup and mobile telecommunications
Smart-tickets keep you scanned at World Cup '06
The RFID smart tag number on each ticket can be read by scanners from a short distance away.
Tickets do not have to be physically passed through scanners for its unique number to be read and can be monitored by police nearby.
Each RFID number read by a scanner correlates to the personal details of the person who bought the ticket, such as home address, telephone number and even passport number. Next year's World Cup marks the largest ever use of RFID technology, which will be operated by Dutch electronics company Philips.
The majority of fans are buying tickets via the internet and are being asked for the greatest level of personal detail ever required from the organisers of a major sporting event
Civil rights groups in Germany also protested that scanners could be located at various locations around cities where World Cup matches are taking place and that fans could be monitored miles away from stadiums without their knowledge.
"Ticket holders won't be able to tell if hidden scanners in doors or floors are tracking their whereabouts
As fan enters stadium his ticket is read by a scanner. A fan's whereabouts can also be tracked by mobile scanning equipment around stadiums and city centres
Wireless Motes everywhere "mesh networking"
Wireless sensor devices, or "motes," package together a circuit board with networking and application software; interfaces to sensors that can detect changes in temperature, pressure, moisture, light, sound, or magnetism; and a wireless radio that can report on their findings--all powered by a pair of AA batteries. Enabled by the fusion of small, low-cost chips, low-powered radios, and the spread of wireless networking, motes are a giant leap ahead of traditional sensors that for decades have measured everything from temperature in buildings to factory machines' vibrations.
SENSORS that Monitor ...super RFIDs
Super RFID is essentially a sensor network or sensor telemetry. Instead of passive tags, which simply store information, sensor networks can be used to monitor conditions and record that data, and, if necessary, set off an alert if a condition moves beyond certain criteria.
Sensor networks could be used to monitor temperature-sensitive materials and send a text alert to a mobile phone if the material's temperature moves beyond its set range, for instance.
Super RFID is already being used. BP is working with Accenture on a sensor network to look after its rail cars. As well as keeping track of a car's whereabouts with GPS, the sensors monitor a car's temperature, weight and whether it has been hit or knocked.
Motes, Smart "dust"
Work from the likes of the University of Berkeley, Intel and BT on RFID 'dust' or 'motes' is also showing longer-term promise. Here, extremely small RFID tags act as miniature low-power transceivers, passing on information as required in the manner of a mesh or grid.
Currently being targeted at the military and civil engineering projects, where in-situ wired networks or formalised wireless networks can have problems, motes may be the means of providing ad-hoc specialised monitoring systems.
As time moves forwards, we could be looking at self-powered motes at the nano-technology range perhaps powered by solar or piezo technology making it possible for these sensors to activate only when someone touches or steps on them. This means the need for expensive RFID readers will be minimised information will flow across the RFID mesh and be aggregated at fewer RFID reader points. Roads could be covered in Tarmac with motes embedded in it, counting the number of vehicles passing over it and their weights. Homes could use mote-driven temperature sensors to create rooms that self-regulate down to tenths of a degree. Motes will be embedded into the material of items such as the packaging of the goods we buy, the paint on the shelves these items sit on and the lino on the shop's floor. http://hardware.silicon.com/storage/0,39024649,39129703,00.htm
A mesh network is a network that employs one of two connection arrangements, full mesh topology or partial mesh topology. In the full mesh topology, each node is connected directly to each of the others. In the partial mesh topology, nodes are connected to only some, not all, of the other nodes."
Note that these definitions mention no dependency on any time parameter -- nothing is necessarily dynamic in a mesh. However, in recent years, and in connection with wireless networks,
the term "mesh" is often used as a synonym for "ad hoc" or "mobile" network.
Obviously, combining the two characteristics of a mesh topology and ad hoc capabilities is a very attractive proposition.
So, when we speak of a wireless mesh network, we assume a network that handles many-to-many connections and is capable of dynamically updating and optimizing these connections.
Fetch Ba" will fetch your rfid articles around the house
This was described to me by Kevin Ashton, who until recently ran the Auto-ID Center, which set RFID standards. He is now at RFID start-up ThingMagic, based here. Over the years, he has heard more RFID ideas than just about anybody.
Although the pickup 'bot is probably more than a decade away, here's how it might work: Every item in your house socks, eyeglasses, Cheez-It boxes, hockey sticks will eventually come from the store with a tiny, almost invisible RFID tag attached. The tag will contain some information about its item, like "I am a box of SpongeBob Cheez-Its that expired last February." The tag will be able to transmit that data wirelessly over a short distance.
Anyway, once RFID is on everything, you might buy a robot perhaps a squat dervish that looks like a Roomba vacuum cleaner, but with pincer arms that can telescope to reach high shelves. And it would come outfitted with an RFID reader. Maybe this pickup 'bot will be called the Fetch-ba
RFID readers placed around the warehouse constantly ping all the RFID tags
The solution to the problems was the trovanŽ passive transponder system, available in North America through
Electronic Identification Devices, Ltd. The trovanŽ transponder consists of an I.C. with a copper antenna coil. It is encapsulated in a ruggedized housing and is the size of a subway token. The microchip is encoded with a unique, tamper-proof code and it does not rely on an internal power source. When a reader passes over the transponder, the transponder emits its code back to the reader where it is displayed on an LCD.
The reader is equipped with an RS 232 interface which downloads data to and uploads directives from computers.
"Because of the microchips, every keg can be positively
identified - each with its own identification number and its own
recorded history," said Karl-Heinz Porsch............
"It is not possible to fool the system.
Telemetry ...Telematics ...
location by remote sensors
( Intrusion Detection )
The TATTLE - TALE Chip
When people accept the passive VeriChip
[ the VeriChip Health Information Transponder System ]
into their right arm muscle for "medical purposes", do they realize that their chip is activated by muscular contraction, and therefore responds to sensors placed ubiquitously around the world
( everywhere and anywhere). Do "arm-chipped" people realize that they are being monitored and located at all times ?? Even their vital signs are being monitored and recorded.
Applied Digital Solutions can get under your skin. The company is best known for its VeriChip technology -- computer chips that can be embedded under the skin and read by a remote sensor to check vital signs and diagnose medial problems.
The VeriChip in the arm is different than the VeriChip in the right hand ( when that comes about ).
The one in the right hand will be subdermal rather than intra-muscular... meaning the ID chip will be placed within the tissues of the skin. It will need to be activated by a scanner, reader, or sensor and will not be able to give off signals of its own accord. The chip in the right hand or forehead will mainly be for financial ID transactions.
Since a person basically "reports in" each time he makes a financial transaction, then one's location is also being monitored at the same time ( real-time). It's a small world after all....a very small trackable world. Or as Alex Jones says, "Prison Planet ".
Wal Mart's Telemetry Solution
rk = Remote Knowledge
The rk3000 marine telematics solution utilizes a combination of Sprint, Iridium and GPS technologies to provide
seamless coverage worldwide. The system is designed with an industry standard interface that allows other monitoring equipment (such as, but not limited to, engine diagnostics, intrusion detection, onboard system controls and temperature sensors) to interface with the rk3000. This functionality allows the OEM or secondary vendor to enhance the value of its products by using the telemetry features of the rk3000 to transmit critical information about a mechanical system's functions and properties to Knowledge Central, Remote Knowledge's secure database, or its own contact and response center. An operator interface terminal is included, which permits the operator to determine which functions are armed or disarmed, as well as receive and send email in the form of short text messages containing up to 60 alphanumeric characters.
Mobile Phones access tags remotely
The new RFID reader works with the Nokia 5140, a GSM phone that is water resistant and more rugged than a typical cell phone. Users simply slide off their existing Xpress-on cover and slide on the RFID reader. The software needed to run the reader is automatically loaded into the phone and the reader becomes operational.
First, a National I.D. Card;
then a ( ouch ) bio-chip - Jim Moore
Fifth, these National I.D. cards will be like gold to street people, Counterfeiting, theft, and the black market will be so easy and so prevalent that a new way to invade your brain will have to become law.
Enter the bio-chip under the skin. Or, as the serious Bible-reading folks see it, the Mark of the Beast. I presume that by the "beast" is meant Satan, and his mark is the bio-chip thats inserted under your skin. Whether this is the true fundamentalist Christian view of it, or just a good old secular version of Big Brothers stamp of approval, I really cannot venture even a guess
What I can do, however, is tell you that only
when you have been stuck (literally) with this subterranean,
epidermal procedure, to identify who you are, will you be free to
do business, indulge in commerce, or travel. But without it,
youre dead meat
Perfect Storm ... Buyer Beware
There are several methods of identifying objects using RFID, but the most common is to store a serial number that identifies a product, on a microchip that is attached to an antenna (called an RFID transponder or an RFID tag).
There is a RFID chip out now called the Verichip. This Verichip is imbedded in the human body. This Verichip may store your Visa Card, bank debit card and social security and other information that takes the place of your purse.
The perfect storm: In theory, what will become of the Verichip by means of how we see progress continue to unfold?
Will the Verichip be mandate as the RFID chip is mandate for all products you buy or sell?
If you do not agree with this mandate will you be able to buy or sell?
I will leave you with this Buyer Beware
Under Your Skin ...... Part One --- Steve Bray ( Indiana )-- with pictures
"Take a look at financial transactions, stock transactions, very large transfers of money, currency conversions, said Alper. You're going to see it in homeland security applications.
Someday you may be able to pay with the swipe of your arm rather than the swipe of a credit card. I think the ideas big brotherish to me, said Shanower.
Apocalyptic Hope Comment : the arm is not close enough to a bio-identifier ... such as the iris of the eye, or a fingerprint.
That is why we will all eventually see the VeriChip implanted in the right hand or in the forehead ... so that it can be authenticated along with a biological identier...the iris of the eye, or the fingerprint.
At the point that VeriChip is used for financial transactions, and is located in the right hand or forehead
---in association with the 666 global policy-maker --- at that point it becomes the 666 Mark of the Beast, as foretold 2,000 years ago in the Book of Revelation .... Revelation 13: 16-18
Under Your Skin by Steve Bray ... Part Two --with more photos
" Josh Alper is a Chicago area distributor of Verichip.
People are afraid of some of the misconceptions about the product. One of the things that it's not [is] a tracking device.
Apocalyptic Hope comment:
Yes, Verichip IS a tracking device. It is not a visual tracking device ( GPS ) but it is a telecommunication-tracking device with LEO ( low earth orbit ) satellite system known as ORBCOMM.
There are a couple of sites on the web that have extensively analyzed the [ spiritual ] objection
[ to taking the subdermal chip ] and they have come up with the conclusion that this is not the thing that religious people are scared of, said Alper.
A.H. Comment: Mr. Alper gives no sites or examples. On the other hand, Apocalyptic Hope is filled with urls that object to VeriChip on spiritual principles. The main objection is found at
hopetotheend.com/nochip.html ( Revelation 14:9-11 )
That's another common misconception. Verichip as a company is not keeping a data base of who has a chip, said Alper.
A.H. Comment : VeriChip keeps GVS ( Global VeriChip Subscriber ) Registry databases in
Owings, Maryland and Riverside, California.
Implanting Citizens with VeriChips --The Taking away of one's Free-Will ( Michigan )
" It is time for all American citizens to stop with the naivety. It is time to recognize a government that is deviously linked to and in bed with corporations who intend to rule over all human beings. And please remember that social security cards were never meant to be mandatory. Nor were drivers licenses or bankcards, but try getting by one day without them. Banking is slated to become a totally RFID operation with chips implanted into the hands of those with bank accounts. Try getting by without a bank account when you send your bill payments to account centers across the country. And also keep in mind that the U.S.postal service is also in the process of RFID Smart-Mail tracking."
( Wisconsin ) Tom Sheehan
Lawmaker dips into microchip fears
WIRELESS GEO - LOCATION by Carolyn Heinze
portability, real-time, interoperability
VeriChip Health Information MicroTransponder System
Mehra divides wireless use among hospitals into two main categories:
1. data [ text: facts, figures etc. ] management and
2. voice communications.
On the data side, doctors and other healthcare workers use notebooks and handheld devices such as PDAs and tablet PCs, providing them with instant access to all of their information and applications, wherever they arewhether its an electronic medical record, patient database or administrative database, he explains.
Barcode scanners and RFID tags are used to track medications, equipment and even patients.
For voice communications, hospitals are making use of Voice over IP (VoIP) through the application of VoIP phonessimilar to traditional cell phonesand badges that are not unlike the communicators worn by Federation members on Star Trek.
At Beth Israel Deaconess, we realized that there was a great utility in wireless data, says John Halamka, M.D., CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess (and Harvard Medical School).
We wanted doctors to be able to wander through various parts of the hospital, place orders for their patients, look up test results and look at X-rays. Wireless provides that ubiquitous access to the Web, and if 100 percent of your clinical systems are Web-enabled, this is something that is very empowering to the doctors.
The network at Beth Israel Deaconess is made up of 216 access points covering the 2 million square foot facility.
For what Halamka refers to as geo-location, the hospital partnered with Pango Networks to outfit patient wristbands and equipment with RFID tags. ..... Its all done over the Wi-Fi network. Patients are also able to access the Internet from their hospital beds, making it a little bit easier to pass the time.
To get around this, Beth Israel Deaconess is outfitted with Layer 3 Roaming technology by Cisco Systems.
Layer 3 Roaming allows us to use routers, Halamka explains. A doctor can walk through the hospital and use his or her mobile device anywhereits like roaming between cell sites, where you can go from one place to another without having your signal cut out. Because the signals travel through routers, if there is an intrusion on the network, it remains isolated.
The VeriChip Health Information Microtransponder System, which is about the size of a grain of rice, features a secure database that stores patient-approved healthcare information and received clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the fall of 2004. While advocates of privacy may take issue with the technology, the benefit to the healthcare profession is clear: With this system, there is no guessingespecially in emergency situations. With the VeriChip, victims of natural disasters, sporting accidents and other traumatic events are able to provide their medical history, allergies and other important statistics without even being conscious.
Time to take a stand
In unsuspected places
Digital Angel -- Miniature sensors
Range of active tags
AXCESS' patented ActiveTag RFID product uses small, battery powered tags (generically called "active" tags) that when automatically activated, transmit a wireless message typically 30 to 100 feet to hidden palm size receivers. The receivers are connected via an industry standard interface to existing security alarm equipment or networked on the existing corporate network. Optionally, the tag system can also be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission. The tags are used for a variety of security applications including automatic personnel access to facilities, automatic vehicle access to parking areas and yards, corporate asset tracking and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. Automatic email alerting and paging is offered for rapid response to security incidents.
Axcess active rfid http://www.axsi.com/products/rfidproducts.shtml
Size : 2 x 3 inches ( too large for subdermal implantation .... yet )