Tuesday, January 03, 2006


All-Seeing Eye in Japan

The all-seeing eye is also making its debut in Japan. We’ve heard a lot lately about how Britain is tracking vehicular traffic with ubiquitous video cameras. In Japan the government is now running a pilot program, using taxis, on tracking vehicles with “smart plates,” or license plates with RFID tags that are read by roadside antennas. (I have seen nothing in English on this, but pertinent Japanese-language articles can be found here and here).

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