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