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Title: Chipped Tires
Source: Eric Peters Autos
URL Source: https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/07/13/chipped-tires/
Published: Jul 13, 2018
Author: Eric
Post Date: 2018-07-16 08:29:32 by Deckard
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Tires are supposed to leave tracks – not track us.

Someone should tell the tire companies. Who aren’t telling us about the tracking devices they’re embedding in the tires they’re selling to us – and which can be used to keep track of our comings and goings without our even knowing about it, much less having consented to it.

The devices are called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags – chips, really. They are extremely small buggers – about the size of a grain of rice or even smaller than that – and have been in general use since at least the early 2000s for what is blandly styled Automatic Identification and Data Capture. Which means that wherever the chipped item, animal – or person – is or has been or is going can be kept track of automatically and in perpetuity.

The chips are activated by scanners – and so don’t need an internal power source, such as a battery – which would eventually die. The chip can therefore remain active – or rather, capable of activation (and tracking) for years, possibly decades.

Ostensibly, they are used for inventory tracking.

That’s not the objectionable part. A tire manufacturer has every right to keep track of its tires while they are in the warehouse, or on their way from the warehouse to the retailer – and while they are on the retailer’s shelves. Because at this point, the tires are still the property of the tire company, or the retailer.

But once you buy the tires, they become your property – at which point the manufacturer of the tire (and the retailer who sold you the tire) loses all rights to the tire, including the right to track the tire, or use the tire to track you. 

At the moment of purchase – of transfer of ownership – the RFID chip in the tires ought to be rendered automatically inert, so they can no longer be used to keep track of your tires. Or your comings and goings. Unless you specifically agree otherwise.

But the tire companies – and this includes almost all of the major players (more here) such as Michelin, Continental, Cooper, Bridgestone and Pirelli – are not even letting their customers know the tires they just bought are chipped, much less offering to zap the chips before the car leaves the shop.

This isn’t inventory control.

It is control.

Which is why they don’t tell you about the chips – much less offer to zap them into inertness. There is so much data to be captured, you see.




The data being collected – and sold – is currently worth an estimated $8-9 billion, on track to double by 2026. It is of great value to various interested parties to know your driving habits.

The insurance mafia, for instance.

Chipped tires could work (and perhaps already do work) as a way to keep the mafia informed of the miles you drive, as well as when, where and how those miles are accumulated – the better to profile you. Presumably, the chipped tires could also transmit data about speed as well. All sorts of things.

But it’s not just the insurance mafia (more about them here).

Knowing your habits, where you go – and when – as well as how long you stay and where you stay – also makes targeting you with ads and offers tailored to your habits and inclinations that much more effective, that much more profitable. Think Minority Report, the dystopian (but accurately predictive) 2002 Tom Cruise movie, based on the novel by sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick. Wherever you go, the ads follow you – are tailored to you.

And we’re not being cut in for so much as free cup of coffee the next time we buy a set of tires.

And that’s the rub – or at least, one of them.

RFID technology – like any technology – isn’t evil in se. It is how it’s used that makes it evil. Those who use it against us without our knowledge and consent are evil in the same general way that a person who uses a  gun to rob people is evil. In the same way that person who cheats or embezzles money is evil.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

The chips are activated by scanners ...

... which have a range of about 12 inches. The chips are crude and only contain the amount of information you'd get from a bar code. They have no GPS capability -- why would they?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-16   8:51:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Tires are supposed to leave tracks – not track us.
More of your conspiracy theory bullshit.

RFID can in NO way be used to TRACK anything. It merely reads the information that is contained on the device. Keep in mind that RFID is a relatively short-range technology. You can't put a tag on a tire, put the tire on a vehicle, and then read that tag as the vehicle is driven from one place to another.

You need a GPS to track. Suppose someone did want to track the movement of a tire. They can scan the RFID, then IF there is a GPS device on the vehicle, only then can it be tracked in real time.

You continue to amaze me as you are a continuing source of free entertainment.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   9:22:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

You're as credulous as any idiot democRat would be.
Did you sleep through science classes?

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-07-16   10:51:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Deckard, Everybody (#2)

The J.B. Hunt Transport Services is one of the largest truck transportation companies in the US and it definitely has dire reasons to track the tires installed on its trucks. However, the J.B. Hunt Transport Services currently has NO means of tracking tires. And neither does anyone else have the ability to track the location of tires using RFID technology. It is IMPOSSIBLE to use RFID technology to do this.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services is one of the leading transportation and logistics companies of the U.S. To keep this leadership position, the company invests in new technology and innovations in transportation and logistics field. Today there is an aggressive thrust on RFID research and development in logistics, supply chain management, and tracking. The efficient implementation of RFID technology in J.B. Hunt logistics will benefit the company to stay ahead of the pack in the transportation sector. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. In this case, we will be applying RFID technology to tires so that J.B. Hunt can have a better management of their tire system. The tire system management can be articulated as providing the tire management team with accurate information about the tire inventory at each Terminal/Maintenance facility and also the pressure on each tire of every truck at any given time. J.B. Hunt Transport Services is in need for a RFID system design. The system design includes defining the hardware and software architecture, components, modules, and interfaces for implementing RFID in their tire tracking management system. Along with a tire tracking system, J.B Hunt, is also interested to implement a pressure reading technology to their system. The Senior Vice-President at Information Systems Department at J.B. Hunt, Ken Mangold is working closely with the University and willing to provide necessary information and support material regarding the project.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services currently has no means of tracking tires, in addition their measures of reading tire pressures are inefficient and time consuming. In order to measure the pressure of each tire they must send a technician to visit each truck and manually read the pressures. The company also suffers from a wide extent of theft of new tires by truck drivers. When brand new tires have been placed on trucks, there is no guarantee that these same tires will remain on the truck. Often, the brand name tires that were placed on the truck are replaced by a used, lower quality, and unknown brand tires. To prevent this problem a tire tracking system can be very helpful. The next cost mounting event happens with tire warranties. All tires are purchased with at least a 10,000 mile warranty. The company hardly ever benefits from the warranty because of the lack of information about each tire. Safety measures are considered when a tire is not inflated to the standard pressure level. If the tire pressure is low, a tire might explode and become hazardous on the road. Every business wants their product to be transported in a safe truck with good tires. The amount of dollars that is being lost everyday can also hurt the company in the long run.

When people like Eric write these articles having no basis in fact and you post them, you do so with the sole intent to misguide and spread malicious propaganda to incite people to hate and rise up. Fortunately, there are people who immediately recognize the information in these articles are untrue and disregard them.

On the other hand, it is most unfortunate that some people like the imbecilic Stoner are really ignorant and believe the misinformation you spread….as he did when you posted one such article and he responded to it by getting all UPSET and replying: ”THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY !!!”. You really need to stop spreading these malicious articles and compromising the thoughts of some weak-minded and afflicted people.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   10:59:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: misterwhite (#1)

PoTaTo chips have chips

Oh my

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If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-07-16   11:01:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Deckard, Everybody (#4)

Perhaps the following information will show you the error of the article. Well, maybe not….but I will present it anyway.

Can RFID Be Used to Track the Movements of Goods Across the Country? .

Radio frequency identification can be used to monitor the movements of goods across the country. Keep in mind that RFID is a relatively short-range technology. You can't put a tag on a pallet and then read that tag as the pallet is driven on a truck from one place to another. Typically, RFID tags are attached to products and then, once those goods are loaded onto a truck, the tags are read and associated with a specific vehicle bound for a particular destination. When the goods arrive, the tags are interrogated and a central database is updated, indicating the goods arrived at the new location.

If there is a GPS device on a truck, the vehicle and the goods it is carrying can be tracked in real time. Sometimes, there is an RFID reader on the truck that will read temperature-sensing tags, and this information can be communicated via GSP. So if the temperature increases within the truck compartment, an alert will be sent to the central station.

The important thing to understand is that RFID is a truly automatic identification technology. As goods are shipped to or arrive at any location, one need not spend a lot of time and labor to count items or scan bar codes. The data can be captured automatically, making it possible to collection information about billions of items moving through thousands of locations, with very little additional labor.

I hope this clears up any misconception about the “tracking” ability of RFID….there is NONE. And I look forward to be the continuing source of your much need education to factual reality.

At your service, I remain …

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   11:11:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Gatlin, Homeland Insecurity, Donalds Drones (#2) (Edited)

You need a GPS to track

Wrong, disinfo agent Gatlin.

Your Nissan Mexicana has been located.

hondo68  posted on  2018-07-16   11:43:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: hondo68 (#7)

You need a GPS to track

Wrong, disinfo agent Gatlin.

Your Nissan Mexicana has been located.

How dare you post facts! Now you're gonna make Parsons cry.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-07-16   13:04:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: Deckard (#8)

That drone isn't "tracking". It's scanning. Note how close it has to get to the cars to read their RFID.

misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-16   15:39:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: Deckard, hondo68, misterwhite (#8)

Your Nissan Mexicana has been located. How dare you post facts! Now you're gonna make Parsons cry.
How dare you to continually be DUPED with false information.

RFID’s cannot be TRACKED....they can only be SCANNED.

What is the RFID tag maximum read (Repating: read-it cannot be tracked) distance?

You can find that answer here:

RFID Tag Maximum Read Distance

True physical tag maximum read distance is determined by the individual RFID reader and antenna power, the actual Integrated Circuit used in the RFID tag, the material and thickness of material the tag is coated or covered with, the type of antenna the tag uses, the material the tag is attached to and more!

While a specification may show a theoretical RFID tag read range of 5 meters (ideal conditions) it may be as little as 1 meter if the tag is attached to an object that is sitting on a metal surface surrounded by water and electromagnetic waves (not ideal conditions)!

Generally speaking RFID tag maximum read distances are as follows:

  • 125 kHz. and 134.3 kHz. Low Frequency (LF) Passive RFID Tags -read distance of 30 cm (1 foot) or less - usually 10 cm (4 inches) unless you are using a very large tag which can have a read distance of up to 2 meters when attached to metal. SkyRFID can provide several different LF 134.2 tags which produce read distances of 1 - 2 meters in industrial environments. We also have special readers that allow for a 1 - 2 meter read distance using standard size tags. There are no limits with SkyRFID!
  • 13.56 MHz. High Frequency (HF) Passive RFID Tags - maximum read distance of 1.5 meters (4 foot 11 inches) - usually under 1 meter (3 feet) and you can use a single or multi port reader plus custom antennas to extend the read range to longer tag read distances or a wider RFID read zone. To obtain more than 1 meter you need a reader with more than 1 watt RFID output power. SkyRFID can supply 13.56 readers with RF power outputs up to 10 watts for multiple antenna connections and over 1 meter tag read distances.
  • 860 ~ 960 MHz. Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Passive RFID Tags - minimum read distance of over 1 meter or 3 feet. Gen2 tags can have a read range of up to 12 meters or 37 feet, however new generation of IC's plus antenna designs are now pushing this distance to over 15 meters! Gen 2 tags can be either 860 MHz. or 902 MHz. frequencies. Gen2 EPCglobal are multifrequency 860 ~ 960 MHz. Gen 2 Semi- active battery assisted tags are semi-passive (semi-active) tags have a read range of up to 50 meters or about 162 feet. Gen 2 Semi- active tags are just emerging on the market. We have both readers and tags available for those companies that need to be on the leading edge or simply need the range of the Gen 2 Semi-active technology. SkyRFID Windshield tags out latest version read at over 12 meters (40 feet) when attached to the inside of a windhsield and using our OEM hand held reader. You can get far longer read distances using our Sky fixed readers using Gen 2 US frequency 902~ 928 MHz.
  • 860 ~ 960 MHz. 3rd and 4th Generation IC/Silicon - The new generation 3 and 4 (Monza4, Higgs3 and NXP G2XM) silicon (Integrated Circuit) is now available in numerous inlay designs. This new silicon (IC) provides up to 40% more sensitivity while reducing RF interference. This means that a tag using this new generation of silicon can have a read range of over 16 meters or 50 feet under FCC regulations of 4 watts EIRP. For your local power regulations see RFID Frequencies and Transmission Power. SkyRFID is now offering many H3, Monza4 and NXP G2XM tags and has tested these tags at read distances of over 16 meters or 53 feet using 30 dBi power and a single antenna!
    • RTLS - Real Time Location Systems - Usually LF and SHF - now you can have a UHF RTLS that is extremely accurate and can easily control 250,000 sq feet on a single switch. Use the Contact Us for more information.

    • 433 MHz Ultra High Frequency Active RFID Tags - up to 500 meter read range (1,500 feet) SkyRFID carries a complete line of 433 MHz readers and tags that can be used for many industrial,healthcare, mining, and other tracking and locating applications.
    • 2.45 GHz. Super High Frequency Active RFID Tags - up to 100 meter read range (325 feet) There are several different modulations for 2.45 GHz. and you can also have real time location information from these active tags.

    To read about RFID Tag Inlays, RFID Tag Design or RFID Tag Integrated Circuits just click on the link to go to the page or simply select your choice from the menu on the left of the screen. http://skyrfid.com/RFID_Tag _Read_Ranges.php

    The drone was closed enough to SCAN the RFID....it was not TRACKING the RFID.

    Most RFID chips or tags are passive, meaning they contain no battery power and can transmit data only when zapped with a reader. A group of hackers at the 2005 DefCon technology convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, used an antenna attached to an RFID reader to scan the information on a tag nearly 70 feet away. They could not TRACK the RFID.

    Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   16:09:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #11. To: Gatlin (#10) (Edited)

    The Illinois Tollway uses a 915 MHz passive RFID for electronic toll collection. The range is about 40 feet.

    The RFID device itself is about the size of a roll of quarters.

    misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-16   16:42:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #12. To: misterwhite (#11)

    The Illinois Tollway uses a 915 MHz passive RFID for electronic toll collection. The range is about 40 feet.

    The RFID device itself is about the size of a roll of quarters.

    The security gates to our complex uses a small passive RFID to open the large gates to access and to exit the complex. They limit the range to about 20 feet, so a vehicle has to come to a full stop just before the gates in order for the security officers monitoring the cameras to also make a visual check of the vehicle.

    I don’t understand how Deckard and hondo can be so stupid about the functions of a RFID....what it can do and cannot do. Well, never mind. on second thought, I can.

    My friend has a GPS on all of his fleet of vehicles. He can instantly determine the immediate location of each vehicle, a history of where it has been, how long it was stopped and where it was stopped. Just thinking abut this ought to drive the libertarian freaks WILD.

    Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   17:28:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #13. To: Gatlin (#12)

    I don’t understand how Deckard and hondo can be so stupid about the functions of a RFID

    They're conspiracy theorists who firmly believe Big Brother is after them. Facts only get in the way of what they know to be true.

    misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-16   17:36:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #14. To: misterwhite (#13)

    Excellent point.

    Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   17:45:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #15. To: misterwhite, Gatlin (#11)

    The Illinois Tollway uses a 915 MHz passive RFID for electronic toll collection. The range is about 40 feet.

    That is a stationary or very slowly rolling car. The effect of a spinning tire at highway speed may have a negative effect on the readability range.

    nolu chan  posted on  2018-07-16   17:48:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #16. To: nolu chan, Brave Fart, misterwhite, Gatlin, Ready for Donnell, picture lickers (#15)

    Your Trump Wombat Wagon is being tracked by RFID chips.

    hondo68  posted on  2018-07-16   20:56:36 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #17. To: BorisY (#5)

    PoTaTo chips have chips

    Oh my

    That’s some funny shit, right there.


    I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

    GrandIsland  posted on  2018-07-16   21:06:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #18. To: nolu chan (#15)

    The effect of a spinning tire at highway speed may have a negative effect on the readability range.

    Even if it could be read, what would you get? The part number.

    misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-17   10:33:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #19. To: misterwhite (#18)

    Even if it could be read, what would you get? The part number.

    And, of course, everyone in the car would have a cell phone, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs from cell tower to cell tower.

    nolu chan  posted on  2018-07-17   11:11:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

    #20. To: nolu chan (#19)

    And, of course, everyone in the car would have a cell phone, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs from cell tower to cell tower.

    True. And the government would also know what kind of tires you had.

    misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-17   13:32:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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