Beijing Olympics Security Measures

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    Beijing Olympics Security Measures

    Looks like Beijing (and perhaps IBM or whoever is in charge of this part of their IT) might be taking some huge risks with implementing a new ticketing system.

    In a move unprecedented for the Olympics, tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are embedded with a microchip containing the bearer's photograph, passport details, addresses, e-mail and telephone numbers.

    The intent is to keep potential troublemakers from the 91,000-seat National Stadium as billions watch on TV screens around the world. Along with terrorists, Chinese officials fear protesters might wreck the glitzy ceremonies, unfurling Tibet flags, anti-China banners or even T-shirts adorned with strident messages.

    Aside from concerns about privacy and identity theft, the high-tech tickets also threaten chaos at the turnstiles.

    Tickets for the Aug. 8 opening ceremony are the most expensive of the Games - with a top price of US$720 - and many are in the hands of dignitaries and friends. Delays could create terrible publicity on opening night.
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    Microchips are embedded in all Beijing Olympic tickets, but only opening and closing tickets contain the photos and passport data. This makes them - in theory - nontransferable. The other tickets are transferable, and the RFID technology is being touted as a deterrent and an anti-counterfeit device. That's useful in China, which produces fake products from DVDs to heart medicine.
    Never thought about this .. will we be able to buy fake tickets in Shenzhen?

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    This looks like a PR disaster in the making.

    Huge crowds, VIPs, RFID systems storing personal info. Pass me the popcorn.


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    I'd like to see what the clever guys do with RFID scanners .... look ma, I got Gordon Brown's passport details!