RFID, Radio-Frequency Identification, is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency to transfer data from a tag attached to an object for the purposes of identification and tracking. Usually embedded into the object being tracked, RFID chips do not need to be visible to transmit data.
For the past couple of years, Walmart has added RFID tags to individual items in their store to track merchandise and inventory. Recently, a Texas school district issued students badges with embedded RFID chips in order to track the students’ location to reduce absenteeism.
Now, a book manufacturing company, Bindtech Inc., has developed the Smart Guard system. This system allows book publishers to track a book from the manufacturing process, through distribution, to the end user by embedding a RFID tag into each individual book. When books are returned for credit, publishers can tell which books are the ones they printed and which are counterfeits.
I truly did not know that “counterfeit” books existed. I am sure that this is not a concern for most small publishers. However, if you want to learn more about putting RFID tags into books, watch this video.