Tracking and tagging - a wearable computer
Advertising and sales: a tracked version of the sandwich board is the Adwalker multimedia 'bodypack' where employees are 'dressed' with a wearable computer, screen and touchpad. Staff can easily be monitored to make sure they are pacing the streets or other outdoor location.
Bars/Clubs/Casinos: Cocktail waitresses are being checked up on their serving rate through RFID in one Las Vegas casino, to cut down on wait times for the casino's "best customers", and to catch 'loafing' according to the company implementing it. RFID is already being used in casino chips and under-the-skin RFID has been tried out to charge punters for drinks by one nightclub chain (they have a choice at least!).
Offices: Verichip implanted RFID tags are already being used to control and monitor access in some buildings. Office workers could soon be tracked to find your whereabouts and hassle you to go to meetings.
How many new health problems will there be from carrying this equipment or from being spied on all day?
Where will this lastest round of workplace Taylorism end?
When we all get ID cards?
Sources and links:
The social threat of tracking technologies:
Firms tag workers to improve efficiency. 7 June 2005. Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/supermarkets/story/0,12784,1500851,00.html
Regional Distribution Centres. 3 June 2005. GMB website:
Exclusive: Las Vegas casino goes for RFID.
Work and Pensions. Electronic Tagging: