Rfid Tags And The Field Of The Invention Essay

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BACKGROUND 1. Field of the Invention The embodiments described herein relate generally to the field of radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices, and more particularly, to RFID switch tags. 2. Related Art Conventional RFID tags lack the ability to be deactivated. However, there are certain situations where it is actually desirable to have an RFID tag deactivated. For example, in the context of traveling, RFID tags will often contain sensitive personal information stored within, for instance, an e-Passport, a visa, or a national identification card. Such information may contain the traveler 's name, birth date, place of birth, nationality, and/or biometric information associated with that traveler. This information is intended to be read only by customs officials or other governmental authorities when the traveler enters or exits a country. However, since the read range of RFID tags can extend up to 30 feet, since an RFID tag does not need to be directly in the line of sight of an RFID reader, this sensitive information may be read by any number of unauthorized individuals as the individual walks through a train station or an airport. Unless the traveler houses his travel documents within a Faraday shield or other type of electro-resistant casing (which most travelers do not have), the sensitive information stored within the RFID tag remains perpetually at risk of being read by these unauthorized parties. As a second example, consider RFID tags that are installed within
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