Tagging or not tagging?

Tagging or not tagging?

“Tagging children? What a thought? Yes, why not!”

What is tagging?

To tag means to identify someone or something. For instance, we use ID tags for personal identification at work, patients at the hospital, the military personnel, beef, pets, vehicles, packages, …

How does it work?

Tags use normally Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology. These devices use electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. Some of the tags contain a GPS system and electronically stored information.

Tagging or not tagging?

Why do we tag someone?

We tag prisoners with an ankle monitor when on parole, people entering into restricted areas, ... If not, how could you have a log that somebody entered a treasury room? Even you use cameras to track these people, some even with facial recognition.

We tag people to register when they start to work and when they finish.

We tag workers at airports with other security measures for our security. For the travelers, we must have our biometric tagged passports and tagged boarding cards with us all the time.

Why do we tag animals?

Our health is in jeopardy. How many food poisonings happen every single day?

With tags, we might find culprit – here still is a lot of work to be done.

Tagging or not tagging?

Why not to tag children?

Since already more than a decade some hospitals tag the babies. What a thought to tag babies? Why tag a baby? How many babies have been abducted? How many babies have been interchanged?

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The nurses cannot recognize every baby that they treat. Certain hospitals may contain a few dozen babies.

Some parents, going through their joys, can’t recognize a baby, especially if they do not have specific identifiable marks.

Here is where tags come in handy, some on a plastic-paper format (glued) with a chip and others with an electronic GPS system.

These devises emit every 5 seconds a signal treated by a computer. If defective or the child is not nearby the nursery, an alarm will be set automatically and alert the security guards and nobody might leave or enter the hospital until the child is found.

Why not tagging children in orphanages or children having severe difficulties in families?

There are occasions where unscrupulous parents “sell” their children as prostitutes. Usually most of the time they are sent to places where prostitutes are, and most of the time in the evenings.

By tagging these children, an alarm could help the social workers and police to find them and asking questions as “What do they do in these areas?”

As we know there is a lot of trafficking of children around the world, especially in Europe. The reason being is that their organs are healthier than those from an adult, and these are quite lucrative – high profits are made with them.

These children are taken into a “slaughter house” and the organs are straight away removed and preserved. The rest of the body is disposed, very often burned, or … See an article about abducted children: "Ukraine teacher 'tried to sell girl aged 13 for $10,000' " (here).

With a GPS tagging system, the child is found within minutes.

By tagging the children, parents can be quit at work or anywhere, knowing that their children are safe and healthy.

Tagging or not tagging?

The project about a new ‘Research Smart City’ will have such devices for the parents who desire it. If orphanages must be in place, I will see to it to be mandatory via a governmental law.

To read more about this 'Research Smart City' called the EVA project, see the series of articles I published here about Smart Cities.

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Vasco Gonçalves is a Sr. Smart City Expert and Key Speaker, CEO & Founder of SDNC sàrl (see what he does in his profile here).