Mark of the Beast: Is Radio Frequency Identification a Sign of the End Times?

An RFID microchip implant (Wikipedia)
An RFID microchip implant (Wikipedia)

It’s been called a “bar code on steroids.” Radio Frequency Identification identifies people or things and transmits information through microchips.

Is it all about convenience, or are there biblical implications?

Thrilling Convenience
A banner at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo, or IAAPA as it is known, reads “Prepare to be thrilled!” And if you’re into amusement parks, the expo is the place to be.

Each year, theme park entertainment grows more exciting and cutting edge, like the Tru-Trackless Ride Systems.

From trackless to cashless, the operators described the latest ways to make the park experience more convenient for customers and employees.

That includes RFID.

“We’re going to have the ability to do it through an RFID chip,” Megan Morrow, with the company Core Cashless, an exhibitor at IAAPA, said. “So it would be as simple as walking up, tapping your card to accept that form of payment on the system.”

“RFID technology can sense when either a certain device… or if that device is on a person, where they are, what they’re doing, and depending on how you want to use it, it can help with things like data collection,” Patrick Frickleton, also with Core Cashless, explained.

How It Works
RFID uses radio waves to transmit information at a distance. A microchip in an RFID tag contains unique identification numbers.

Tom Foster, who works for Precision Dynamics Corporation, said the organization pioneered the technology around the turn of the century.

“We use a passive chip, which means there’s no battery, so it lays dormant on your wrist until it comes in contact with an RFID reader,” Foster explained.

Companies like PDC, which produce RFID products, say the technology helps with areas such as access control, keyless entry, and cashless point of sale.

Precision Dynamics developed the first kiosk that dispenses and encodes RFID wristbands for amusement park purchases. It’s like a wallet on your wrist.

“You simply have the ability to spend,” PDC sales manager Greg Cetera said. “Here, again, RFID is going to drive sales.”

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Mark Martin

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