An Overview of the RFID Experiment for IETF 76 in Hiroshima.
Some of the details are still being worked out, but here is a summary:
* Each attendee will be issued an RFID card at the registration desk.
The information stored on the card is ONLY a number, no personal
data is stored on the card. (Note: the attendee can opt out at any
time, including not collecting the card, see below).
* The "information" (number) on the card is not encrypted and could be
read by any RFID reader, but again, it's only a number.
* The number is "linked" to a back-end database through the readers
provided at the meeting.
* The database will contain only the following information from the
First Name, Last Name, Affiliation (if present), and ISO-3166 Code
* Each attendee will also be issued a username and password. This will
give him/her access to the back-end database (via a web interface)
where the user can:
-- Change password (user will be strongly encouraged to change pasword
on first login)
-- Change the User's Profile: Name, Affiliation, ISO-3166 Code, or add
data, such as a photo, alias name, dietary preference etc, etc.)
-- Delete account to opt out of the experiment at any time.
Uses of the System
There are several planned uses of the RFID cards:
1. Speaker-at-microphone identification. A reader attached to the
microphone(s) reads the card and causes his/her name any other info that
the user has elected to include in the Profile to be displayed on the
[Note: Certain information may be displayed by default, but this will be
user-configurable, for example I may choose NOT to have "Cisco Systems"
displayed when I am at the microphone, but for statistical purposed it may
still be OK to count the number of people from Cisco in summary form. The
profile will have options to "display" or "don't display" certain fields.
It will also be possible for me to have a DIFFERENT affiliation when I am
standing at the microphone if I opt to have the "alias" affiliation (or
none) displayed instead of my normal one].
2. Electronic bluesheet: Used in a manner similar to the paper blusheets to
record attendance in a given working group/session. This is NOT intended to
replace the paper bluesheets, even if one could envision such in the future.
3. Customized uses: Various information can be customized based on the
user's profile. So, suppose my profile contains a "dietary" field which
says "vegetarian," an information display could show me a list of
vegetarian restaurants. There will be some examples of this at IETF 76 in
The data collected in this experiment will only be used for basic
statistical purposes. Since there is a blue-sheet component to this
experiment it will be useful to compare the real bluesheet data with
the electronic equivalent, but the official (legal) attendance record
will still be based on the paper version. And the database will then
The PASPY Card
Attendees who sign up for the IETF 76 Social will receive SECOND,
different kind of RFID card, called PASPY. The PASPY card is an
example of a "stored value" system which is increasingly being used in
Japan and elsewhere, mostly for public transportation systems. In
Hiroshima, PASPY is currently valid on the tram and bus system, with
more systems underway. The PASPY cards are NOT linked to the IETF 76
database or associated in any way with the RFID cards described above.
Please see: http://www.yikes.com/~ole/store/Hiroshima/Trains.htm
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PASPY
The PASPY cards are contributed by the City of Hiroshima. They have a
pre-loaded amount of 1,000 yen and can be used on the local
transportation system and allow free access to the Hiroshima Peace
Museum. No personal information is stored on these cards, but I will
note that it is *possible* to register your card so that it can be
disabled (or returned to its owner) if lost or stolen. Take a look at
this picture: http://www.yikes.com/~ole/store/cards.jpg
If you read katakana you will notice that this PASPY card says, the
equivalent of: "Jacobsen Ole". I think the only information I gave
them was my cellphone number, but the registration form allows more
information to be recorded. (Of course none of this is stored on the
Obviously, if you use your PASPY card extensively during the IETF, you
may need to reload it with more money. More information on where you
can use the PASPY card, how to reload it and so on will be provided by
the local host onsite. There may also be some IETF76-customized uses
of the PASPY card, but again, it's not linked to the back-end database
I hope this answers some of the questions posted to the IETF list
regarding the RFID experiment. As I said, the local host is still
working hard to implement some of the details. We hope you will
participate and provide feedback.
Ole J. Jacobsen, IAOC Meetings Committee
Editor and Publisher, The Internet Protocol Journal
Tel: +1 408-527-8972 Mobile: +1 415-370-4628
E-mail: ole(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com URL: http://www.cisco.com/ipj
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