Advent of RFID Towns

June 26, 2004

Japanese government will start building new IT infrastructure in 2006: current ideas include RFID tags embedded in streets, electric poles, and residence indication signs; and information services for mobile multimedia devices that assist people to navigate and find facilities in cities. One of the goals is the development of urban environments that benefit everyone regardless of age, nationality, disability, etc.

It is expected that "Universal Society Development Bill" be submitted at an extraordinary Diet session this fall. A council called "Autonomous Navigation Support Project Promotion Council" plans to develop various technologies (50 major companies from information technology, communication, mobile device manufacturers, railroad, aviation and car industries already said they will join the council. )The council's chairman is a University of Tokyo Professor Ken Sakamura who leads the Ubiquitous ID Center.

Various governmental organizations (Land, Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry, National Police Agency, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry, and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) will collaborate to implement key infrastructures. Also, the government may ask for companies' and individuals' cooperation in providing information contents and in installing RFID tags.

One of the first pilot tests will be done in Kobe city where a new airport will open next year.

via Nikkei Shimbun, June 21, 2004 (in Japanese)

Cross-posted from RFID in Japan

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