Re: [76attendees] RFID

Aaron Falk <> Tue, 10 November 2009 04:37 UTC

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I think this is a net-plus.  It is great seeing the names for speakers &
questioners on the screen. 

I have a UI request.  If someone asks a question and swipes their RFID
during a preso the presenters name gets pushed off and forces the them
to re-swipe to refresh.  I can think of a few ways to fix this but all
are probably overly complicated (e.g., a control screen for session
chairs, semantics associated with certain readers, etc).  There's
probably a much simpler way to handle this that someone else can come up

Regarding privacy, since everyone seems to be commenting on it, I have
no concerns so long as use of the readers is 'requested but not
required'.  I.e., we should log our presence in wg sessions but we don't
police it.  The is my perception of the current policy and I don't see
why RFID technology should change that.  I also would resist using these
tags for any sort of 'access control' such as terminal room access or,
heaven forbid, cookie quotas.


Fred Baker wrote:
> I'm sure this will come up in the IAOC survey next week, but I'm
> curious to ask now about the RFID experiment now that we have had a
> day or so using it.
> What do people think of it? Is it useful/interesting? If we were to
> make it more functional, such as enabling it to be read at the door
> obviating the blue sheet, would that be a good direction? I recognize
> that there are security concerns; what would be the best way to
> obviate them?
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