RFID tracking on cruise ships
Independent travel tips for the professional at Leisure
All cruise passengers know that you must attend the obligatory
pre-cruise safety lecture, and the crew is required to ensure
that all passengers attend.
We recently want on a trans-Atlantic cruise on the
Princess, and they noted that they no longer need to take
attendance. The cruise ship staff did not go into details,
only saying that they now have a foolproof technology that
allows then to track passenger activity.
As a review, RFID technology are embedded chips that answer when
pinged. These "here I am" signals can be used to track
cruise ship passenger activity, who is sleeping in which cabins,
all sorts of things right out of 1984.
Remember, at sea American privacy law does not apply, and RFID
has a great potential for abuse.
For example. RFID can tell how far you are from a hidden
sensors, and this information can be used to target advertizing
for you. For example, an RFID chip could check the
database and tell the bartender your favorite drink.