China's Surveillance State Is Using RFID Chips To Track Cars' Movements

China, the world's most populous country, continues to devise new methods of keeping tabs on its 1.4 billion citizens. And after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week about a powerful new spy camera devised by a team of researchers at Duke University who had, incidentally, received funding from the US government, America's business newspaper of record is back Wednesday with another stunning report, this time about how China is establishing a new system to track cars using electronic tags. Indeed, WSJ describes the plan to "improve public security", which will also purportedly help ease extreme congestion in the largest Chinese cities.

The plan, which is set to be rolled out by July 1, will rely on chips that can be identified thanks to their unique radio frequency signature. Compliance will be voluntary at first, but it will become mandatory for all new vehicles by Jan. 2019.


Of course, the plan will dramatically expand China's ability to track its citizens' every move - something that's becoming increasingly important as Chinese authorities seek to implement their "social credit score." 


China's surveillance network already includes powerful cameras that can detect an individual's facial features from 100 yards away, according to WSJ. Meanwhile, the program will have a serious impact on China's automotive industry, which is feeding the world's biggest market, with nearly 30 million vehicles expected to be sold this year.

"It’s all happening in the backdrop of this pretty authoritarian government," said Ben Green, a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society who is researching use of data and technology by city governments. "It’s really hard to imagine that the primary use case is not law enforcement surveillance and other forms of social control."


As far as western media outlets are concerned, implementing the network will involve RFID chips being affixed to car windshields. As we reported earlier this year, citing a story published in an obscure trade journal, RFID chips are already being used by several governments - including China's neighbor the Philippines - to aid in tracking their citizens. The system will register details like a drivers' license plate number, as well as the color, or colors, of their car. Chinese officials insist that the system won't continuously track individual vehicles; instead, it will register when cars pass certain tagged landmarks.

The system will register information such as the license plate number and automobile color, one of the people said. The system will know when vehicles passed checkpoints. But unlike GPS tracking systems, it won’t reveal a car’s position at all times.

In the U.S. and elsewhere, RFID chips are widely installed on cars for automated toll road payments. They are also used in some fleet vehicles like commercial trucks at areas including ports to track the locations of the vehicles and the goods they are carrying.

But the Chinese plan "would certainly be largest single program managed by one government in the world," said Manuel Moreno, vice president at Neology Inc., a San Diego-based company and a major provider of RFID technology systems for automobiles in the U.S. and Mexico.

While China hasn't recently released any new information about the plan, China public security’s Traffic Management Research Institute unveiled the draft standards and sought public comments back in 2014. The plan is needed, authorities claimed, to combat traffic and congestion on the country's increasingly crowded roads - while also helping China safeguard the country against possible terrorist attacks after cars and trucks have been used by assailants across Europe and in North America.

Still, experts say that collecting personal data like a driver's exact location isn't necessary to curb traffic. Instead, "it's kind of like another tool in the toolbox for mass-surveillance," said Maya Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch. "To be able to track vehicles would definitely add substantial location details to the chain of data points that they already have."


Mr. Universe Stu Elsample Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

Full police state coming to the US soon as well.

Cars already have all the electronics needed to monitor and control them remotely. Repo men are out of a job because the car will take itself back to the bank. Not following the latest mileage allotments? So sorry you can't drive today. How about tolls to get into a city? Dependent on where you are from of course.  Marin to SF $10, Richmond to SF $40. Got to keep the rif raf out. Look for the inaugural Hunger Games coming to a district near you soon.

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are we there yet Stu Elsample Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:54 Permalink

History continually teaches us that technology always wins. From Luddites on. Learn to adapt to the inevitable loss of privacy. The battle, if there was one, was lost over a decade ago. Banking reporting, social media, smart phones, facial recognition, credit cards, freeway intersection cameras, car gps, airline passenger monitoring, email storage, utility payments, legal records, and many more ways to monitor you as well as your pattern of communicating with your friends and associates. Strangely, the most secure form of communication now is ordinary paper postal mail, carrier pigeons, pre paid cell phones to other prepaid cell phones. You can still pray to god privately. Other than that, privacy is a lost expectation in the modern world. Accept it, or learn to be disappointed.

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MK ULTRA Alpha are we there yet Thu, 06/14/2018 - 03:26 Permalink

All of this data collection is for your individual AI robot software controller. That's the plan, the AI robot software will rule you.

The final destiny of man is to be ruled by a network of machines running AI robot software.

Man's descent in to the feudal overlord of the machine, a slave of a machine. This is man's future as China rolls out demonstration model after demonstration model, this has caught the eye of the center of International Communism, the secretive Bilderberg Group. The plan is a global control grid monitoring every move we make, every word uttered to collect data to be used to control us, to condition us as slaves of the state.

All around us is evidence, the elite are building this control grid and have not given up on the plan to be overlord master because of their wealth. They're pawns who will be liquidated once all systems are go for the global control grid.

Freedom is dying and a new age of global feudalism modeled on esoteric communist doctrine exclusively for the worker masses, a one class feudal slaves culture, who are under final mind control. They will not be able to ask "why". It is the complete enslavement of mankind, and the richest rich will be eliminated by the Jews in the end.

The final victory of International Communism will be a one world government controlled by the founders of communism - the International Jew.

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evokanivo Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:28 Permalink

USA is moving in the same direction. Traffic cameras at all major intersections and they don't write tickets. Gee, wonder what they're doing. Amazon Echo and Google Home recording devices - "get yours today!" Fucking zombies don't have two brain cells to rub together.

Implied Violins evokanivo Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

...and this shit is coming from the country that is being set up to be the next to "host" the world's reserve currency.

Don't people see through this charade by now?  The deliberate destruction of America will result in the imposition of a total police state, with China and Russia in the lead - but Russians have been movement controlled for the last hundred years, and now China is taking things to the next level. 

None of this will result in greater "freedom", and that will become quite apparent once the dollar has been deposed.  As planned.

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RedBaron616 evokanivo Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:15 Permalink

Are you confusing traffic sensors with cameras? In our area, instead of embedding traffic light sensors in the road like they used to, they are mounting them up by the traffic signals. The main advantage to that is that when they repave, they don't have to embed the large sensors again into the pavement, so it is a long-term savings of money and time.

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evokanivo RedBaron616 Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:12 Permalink

They are definitely cameras - whether they double as traffic sensors, I'm not sure. I had a friend who was hit by another car (hit-and-run) - the police looked up the video on the traffic cameras. Besides, read about how Aaron Hernandez got caught/convicted. Some of the evidence was intersection-cam photos of him, proving he was the driver.

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Umh Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

Data mining is seen by bureaucrats as some sort of nirvana and then the people that end up using the data the most end up being crooks.

Dragon HAwk Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

Almost wants to make you go Rouge start cutting internet wires phone lines cell towers fiber optic cables  just for shits ad giggles,  they push down the boot, you wiggle the wires. Plenty of Sci-Fi books tell you how this all works out, and it ain't pretty

uhland62 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

Australia is just spending precious taxpayer Dollars to enable US surveillance for the Solomon Islands. China's Huawei would have laid that cable but they'd be spying - doooh. 

ssnova Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

David Rockefeller: “The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history”

ssnova Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

David Rockefeller: “The social experiment in China under Chairman Mao’s leadership is one of the most important and successful in human history”

roddy6667 Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

All these words to talk about how bad the surveillance state is in China--by an American, no doubt. I worked in the supply chain of an American retailer from 2003-2013. About 2005 we started using RFID scanners for the computerized conveyirs that move and sort and palletize merchandise. The RFID is built into most garments. It is a kind of  barcode that can be scanned from a distance--without the wearer knowing it. Some are visible and look like swastikas.

When you walk down the street, a sign or billboard can know your name, address, credit score, mobile phone number, and shopping history. When you check out at Walmart and other retailers, everything about you and that transaction are put into the computer. If your phone is on, your number goes in that file. A billboard can target more advertising at you that is specific to your situation. Imaging a digital billboard that has an attractive woman say "Hey, Ralph, do you want to get a coffee and croissant at Starbucks? There's one a block from here." It knows what you bought before and that you are on singles sites on the Internet.

BTW, your car has been logging all your travels with GPS and recorded how you drove for every single foot. The police now know to get a warrant for the car's computer in a criminal case. It can verify or refute your claimed whereabouts at a certain time.

In America, for over ten years, you have been  tracked and marketed. If the retailers have all this information, be sure that the government has it also.  Americans need to complain less about things on the other side of the planet and more about their invisible prison.

roddy6667 RedBaron616 Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:11 Permalink

You are clueless. the garments come off the trucks from China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and are tossed onto conveyor belts. Before, we had to scan the barcode. Since about 2005, an RFID scanner pings the garment and it sends back a signal, much like the transponder on a plane. This lets the conveyor system know all the details about the product and where to route it. Just because you don't know about it doesn't mean it isn't true. We had to set up Mylar screens between the conveyors so the scanner won't pick up a garment on the next line. 

At Walmart, they scan the person who is being served and they DO get your number. Your phone sends a ping to the system every 30 seconds so that incoming calls will be routed to the correct tower. This ping is recorded. It contains your mobile number. This is 20 year old technology.

Go ahead. Deny it. It's still going on, and it has for a long time.

The RFID on your clothes can have many shapes. This is one. It may be sewn to the fabric care tag or brand/size tag, and you would never see it.

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sarz Thu, 06/14/2018 - 05:04 Permalink

This technology might be just what India and other third world countries need, to bring order to totally lawless roads. If someone's driving incites your road rage imagine just pushing a button on a device you have had installed at your own expense. When you do that the signal from the video camera and directional RFID scanner from the half minute before to a half minute after are streamed to the traffic police computer, reviewed by an appropriate authority, and a large fine is deducted from the errant car's linked account, with an SMS to the owner containing a link to the video clip of the incident and a button to click if he chooses to appeal the fine. One third of the fine amount would be credited to the account of the complainant, and he would get an SMS informing him of that road-rage-assuaging fact. Everyone would want the gizmo, not just as a vent for road rage and a public good but also as an investment. Within a few months the traffic flow would be miraculously transformed. 

roddy6667 DipshitMiddleC… Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:24 Permalink

China keeps their people from getting rebellious by improving their lives every year. The poor have come the farthest. Nobody is hungry any more. The middle class is now over 50% of urban areas and growing every year. And the rich get richer. Nobody needs to be told they are better off than last year or ten or twenty years ago. This is the most powerful, effective thing a government can so to cement solidarity and support.

It doesn't happen in America. 

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