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RFID Tags used to identify artificial joints / limbs for security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022246D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The core idea of this invention is to embed an RFID tag into artificial joints or limbs. This RFID tag would identify the artificial joint or limb to an enhanced metal detector that is used for security at the airports. The enhanced machine could then query a central database for the specific information and dimensions about the joint or limb, and even who is its owner. This information can then be relayed to the security personnel through a display panel on the enhanced metal detector. In addition, the metal detector could be enhanced to allow for the joint or limb's metal characteristics in its scans. If the database does not contain information on the traveler's joint or limb, or it does not contain an RFID tag, then the security check of this person would have to be done by hand scanning as is done today.

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RFID Tags used to identify artificial joints / limbs for security

Providing adequate security is an increasing problem, and these efforts are probably most visible at airports. It is very important to be able to rapidly identify anything unusual at the security check point. When a person with an artificial joint or limb goes through a metal detector the metal in the artificial joint or limb can set off the metal detector.. The person must then convince security personnel that he/she has an artificial limb or joint, usually by producing a letter from a medical doctor. However, such letters could be easily falsified. What is needed is a better method to identify and verify the presence of an artificial limb or joint, which is not embarrassing to the passenger and provides an improved level of security.

The core idea of this invention is to embed an RFID tag into artificial joints or limbs. This RFID tag would identify the artificial joint or limb to an enhanced metal detector that is used for security at the airports. The enhanced machine could then query a central database for the specific information and dimensions about the joint or limb, and even who is its owner. This information can then be relayed to the security personnel through a display panel on the enhanced metal detector. In addition, the metal detector could be enhanced to allow for the joint or limb's metal characteristics in its scans. If the database does not contain information on the traveler's joint or limb, or it does not contain an RFID tag, then the security check of this person would have to be done...