Can RFID Be Used With The Amber Alert System
I was just reading all about the Amber alert down in Lubbock Texas for
Mychael Darthard-Dawodu and it got my mind thinking. First I am glad that
the baby was found alive in New Mexico but is there any way that the
abduction could have been prevented in the first place.
If you are not familiar with this particular Amber alert the baby was taken
from the mother in a Texas hospital by someone posing as a nurse. The infant
was kidnapped early Saturday from a woman who walked out of Covenant
Lakeside Hospital with the 5 pound baby hidden in her purse.
This woman allegedly said she needed to take this days old baby to get some
test done. Any mother in this situation would hand over their baby to
someone that had hospital clothes on. It has been said that the woman
actually came in the room a few times posing as a nurse. I am sure the
mother felt comfortable that this was a hospital employee.
Sure a hospital is busy place and this lady was seen on a security camera
exiting the building but what could be done to stop this from happening in
the first place is what I am thinking about. I would never want to think
about the feelings that poor mother had when they told her about what
I believe that we could and should use some sort of RFID tag device, maybe a
label in a wrist strap on each baby that would be hard to remove. They
already tag the baby with it's name so they don't get all the babies mixed
up. It would be easy to make that wristband RFID capable. That's another
thing that could be tracked also using something like I am thinking about.
Maybe a tag on the inside of the diaper where it would not be seen. I know
the wetness part is a tricky issue but the label can be placed high enough
on the waistband that it could avoid getting wet.
Each hospital could place a RFID reader at each elevator entrance and
staircase on the maternity floor. When the tag goes through it a big read
flashing light could go off and security could have stopped this from
happening before the suspect was caught 100 miles away.
Once again I am sure the people that are against using RFID for anything
will say that it violates the babies privacy rights but that is something
that I bet every parent that reads about this story will just laugh at.
I am sure that there is already a RFID product on the market that would be
able to handle this already. I just can't focus on one as I keep thinking
about what those poor parents must have been going through at the time.
With the cost of Generation 2 tags on the decline and the important issue at
hand many hospitals should look into some sort of RFID enabled device or
something else to keep this from happening in the first place.