Help - SecureBAG-TAG RFID Chip

SecureBAG-TAG has a very realistic looking RFID chip on the back. Assuming a thief sees the tag, they will definitely be scared off and will not take a bag with our tag. This is an additional feature that no other luggage tag offers to help keep your luggage and possessions safe and secure.

We state that the chip is simulated for legal reasons. At this time it does not function as an RFID chip and we do not want you to make a purchasing decision believing that it is. However, we do have a system planned that will read RFID chips and will actually track and find stolen personal property. We simply can not tell you how this would work at this time as that would make it impossible to obtain a patent of this technology.

The primary purpose of our product is to stop it from being stolen in the first place. Most people have very little knowledge about how RFID chips work and specifics such as their range.

The luggage tag and other tag systems will not have functional RFID chips and it would be meaningless if they did. However, we are coming out with products that have functioning RFID tags that work at long range for protecting high value property. If you are interested in protecting a trailer or other expensive portable property please visit Blue Planet Electron Corporation. We will also have a system for bikes, scooters, motorcycles and similar vehicles. These RFID systems are much cheaper than GPS systems.

There are various problems with RFID which renders the use of a real RFID chip pointless and would significantly add to the cost of the product.

Most RFID chips don't transmit anything. They are passive. When the chip is excited by a RFID reader, it sends out its data. If the person/company with the reader didn't own the chip, the data would be meaningless. The RFID chip does not provide the name and address of the owner. The data is just numbers in a preset format. There is a specific standard for RFID chips; otherwise the system would be useless and all chips and readers would be proprietary.

Most RFID chips work only at extremely close range with the reader. This is fine for door access control and inventory systems. Even systems that are identified as "long range" work only at the distance of 3 feet or so. Longer range system require active RFID chips which have integrated batteries. They chips will last from one to five years depending on various conditions. Active chips are much more expensive than passive ones and are much thicker. It is not possible to sandwich one between the layers of an ID card. For access control purposes, these types of chips are included in key fobs.

The radio frequency of the chip has a big impact on the range of the system and also the amount of power they use. It also has a big impact on the cost of the chip and the cost of the reader. Reading an ID card 3cm away can be done by a reader costing $10.00. Readers for chips more than a few feet away run into the hundreds and then the thousands of dollars.

Few airports or police departments have RFID readers for the chips that will transmit hundreds of feet. Even if they did and read the chip that was in your card, they would have no idea they had even found your chip/luggage based on the RFID data. As a practical matter, they aren't going in search for your luggage or other property anyway.

Finally, a further problem is that RFID chips (and readers) have fixed frequencies and there are many frequencies, used for various purposes. Even law enforcement with a reader is not necessarily going to have one on the proper frequency.

Then there is the problem of using a long range RFID chip in an airport.

Why Our RFID Chips Can't Work Within an Airport

Every airport that is using RFID chips have their own system. There is simply no possible way to include a real RFID chip and have it integrated with hundreds of airports and airlines around the world. It if did actually function, chances are it would simply be ignored. There are many types of RFID chips and it is not likely ours would be confused with airline baggage tags.

In addition the RFID chip would only be read when it was in the baggage system. It would have no effect on a baggage carosel or otherwise within or without the airport. In other words, doing a real chip would be a complete waste of time and effort, for luggage tags. Our other products are a different story.

The first step in creating the RFID chip is to print it and the circuit that runs around the big hole on the card itself. Then a second part is glued over that, shown in other images. This example is shown with the heat sealed plastic and the grommet.

RFID simulated chip is first printed on card.
The RFID chip is very realistic looking. First, it is not just printed on the tag. It is a piece of silver or other color vinyl. The circuit is put on the card by silk screening ink on top of it. Because it is vinyl, the ink does not soak in. It sits on top of the vinyl giving a 3D and realistic appearance. Silk screening is one of the ways actual circuits can be created.

The example below is printed on paper card stock. This is not the production model but gives some idea of how the look of the chip can change. This was a test product.

RFID simulated chip example

The vinyl used for the RFID chip may be any color. We will change colors and work on making the chip look even more realistic. One reason the chips will change color is so that all the SecureBAG-TAG cards are not identical. This will keep the thieves guessing, even if they have heard about our product.

The RFID chip example below is printed in yellow vinyl with a laser printer. The toner does not adhere to the vinyl property. This is a test. The actual RFID chip is printed with a silk screen machine on colored vinyl. The colors will vary. The actual product is not shown for security reasons, but these experimental versions will give you some idea of what is on the back of the card.

RFID simulated by printing on yellow vinyl.

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