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Unfortunately I’m not at TechEd this year, but if you are you get to see something pretty cool. All of the attendee badges have an RFID tag embedded in them. As you can see from this article we did take care to make it noticeable so that you won’t get tracked at every expo booth you visit.

I wish I could have been a part of this. This is a far cry from the handheld vendor conference I went to several years ago where the badges didn’t even have barcodes for scanning. Despite privacy concerns I think RFID is a very interesting emerging technology that will have benefits to consumers (well, hackers anyway) beyond the obvious enterprise applications.

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  1. Mark Finnern
    You walk up to the Info Kiosks with their internet connection and the browser jumps to your TechEd page and greets you with your name. It also shows you the schedule with the workshops that you have selected. It is a great use of the RFID Tag in your badge.

    You go on to check your email and in the middle of it the browser may jump back to your TechED welcome page, because your RFID signal was read again 🙁 

    My recommendation is to throw the badge on your back once you are recognized.

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