Smart tags: how 1980s industry braced itself for the distributed memory revolution

Contactless tags promised to be as revolutionary as barcodes had been in the 1970s

Contactless tags promised to be as revolutionary as barcodes had been

Contactless electronic identification is something we take for granted now. When Peter Hewkin of Scientific Generics wrote about the subject for E&T’s predecessor magazine IEE Review in June 1989 the idea of using data-storage badges to keep track of people, animals or car bodies on a large-scale basis was an exciting and potentially revolutionary prospect. Read what Hewkin had to say about smart tags and the distrubuted memory revolution in this article from our archive.

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