Tag Archives: barcode

We Need a Human Bar Code

Kaye Beach

June 27, 2012

Really we don’t need a human barcode but the arguments entertaining or even in favoring such a thing are becoming more and more common.  The campaign is being cranked up.

This article asks the question, ‘ Is a human barcode on the way?’  Noting that it is already technologically feasible (which, of course, means we will do it) the author moves on to the next question; will it violate our privacy?

That is the wrong question.

Here are some better ones;

Just because we can do something does that mean we should? 

Would the use of such technology, in addition to destroying our privacy, also destroy our humanity?

Is a ‘human barcode’ on the way?

Friday, June 01, 2012

Would you barcode your baby? Microchip implants have become standard practice for our pets, but have been a tougher sell when it comes to the idea of putting them in people. Science fiction author Elizabeth Moon last week rekindled the debate on whether it’s a good idea to “barcode” infants at birth in an interview on a BBC radio program. “I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached — a barcode if you will — an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals,” she said on The Forum, a weekly show that features “a global thinking” discussing a “radical, inspiring or controversial idea” for 60 seconds

Moon believes the tools most commonly used for surveillance and identification — like video cameras and DNA testing — are slow, costly and often ineffective.

In her opinion, human barcoding would save a lot of time and money.

The proposal isn’t too far-fetched – it is already technically possible to “barcode” a human – but does it violate our rights to privacy?

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The idea of treating human beings like inventory is a popular and pervasive one for control freaks and slave fetishists alike.  And the author of the above article wasn’t being over the top in mentioning attaching some kind of ID to infants at birth.  That is exactly how it would work because in order to be certain that the person and the identity are correctly matched is to cement the ID to the individual at the moment of birth.  At some point we will be told that such a system is necessary for life in this modern world.  When that time comes technology corporations are ready.

Here is one example.



What’s in the Driver’s License Bar Code?

Oklahoma ALPR Tag Scanning Cameras Transportation Tyranny

According to “The McCarville Report”

New License Plate Part Of ‘Spy Cam’ Plan

May 23, 2010

Governor Henry’s plan to install more than 200 highway “spy” cameras to record vehicle license plates has been flying below the radar in state government for more than a year and despite a few news stories about it, the full extent of the system, and those involved in implementing it, has not been revealed until now.

[. . .]The new plate and barcode inclusion movement began more than a year ago when Republican Rep. Ken Miller discussed his House Bill 2013, and what he said was the need for a new plate design, on the House floor.

*See “Woolly Boogers Loose in the Oklahoma State House? Online insurance verification bill”

[. . .] The barcode is necessary in the system because the InsureNet technology assigns a “UC”, (Unique Code), to each combination of policy and VIN, (Vehicle Identification Number), which becomes the ‘bridge’ between insurers and government entities and records. In other words, the barcode allows instant access to information about the vehicle and its owner.

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Oklahoma DPS’s ” Request for Information” Dated Oct 15, 2009 lays out what they are looking for in a system

pertinent  source documents

Gov. Henry and InsureNet, Spying and Denying Heads Up Gun Owners! 2/22/10

Insurenet get sole source contract;

Insurnet No Competition-Bill Would Hand DMV Contract to One

Do we like lobbyists writing the bills?

INSURENET They Always “Fit The Bill” ;)

Automatic License Plate Recognition In Oklahoma

January 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Soon after queries were made to Governor Henry regarding license plate scanning devices some very interesting information came to light that seems to give more of the “big picture” on why these devices are so important to the state.

The Alliance for Toll Interoperability is a fairly new organization comprised of representatives of the transportation industry from several states. David Machamer, the Director of Toll Operations for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is on the board of trustees of ATI. This organization has come up with an interoperable toll charging plan that requires the use of ALPR (Automatic License Plate Readers) in order to be workable.

The plan also includes other schemes for tracking motorists and charging for various roadway usage fees through electronic registration tags (RFID) as well as cellular and satellite technology which begs the question;Does the push to make texting illegal while driving and law enforcement’s apparent desire to access to our cell phones at will and without having to get a warrant in order to access them as part of the texting ban have anything to do with ATI’s charging/tracking scheme?

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ALPR-what is the data collected used for?


“This is the new intelligent policing. It is one more incremental step in creating this vast matrix of surveillance.” –Micheal Vonn

Glendale CA. 2010

Amount Requested: $500,000
Project Summary: Continue present UASI funded Rail and Transportation video project into retail and commercial areas where audio/video surveillance will prove a valuable crime fighting
Install audio and video capable technologies in high crime and predicted crime sites.
Continue Homeland Security funded teclnologies, such as Automated License Plate Readers, into crime fighting applications by installing ALPR’s at fixed sites accessed by suspected criminals.
Amount Requested: $300,000
Project Summary: Establish crime information “War Room” with state of the art real-time inlonnation gathering, analysis, and dissemination that links with regional applications and programs, such as the JRlC fusion Center and LAPD’s RACR and Compstat information systems on all intelligence concerning crime, regional threats, and terrorist activity. The goal is to identity where a crime will be committed before it happens, enabling police resources to be directed to specific high risk locations with the intent of interrupting and preventing crimes before they even occur.
Amount Request: $500,000
Project Summary: Establish a regional wireless broadband communications network employing the city’s optical fiber backbone and core network to establish and enhance emergency communications and intelligence sharing between field resources, to include support of vehicle based audio/video, dispatch support, intelligence gathering, data communications,
ALPR, visual wanted persons verifications, remote fingerprint identification, community policing enhancement, and real-time crime scene audio/video. This system will interoperate with
other regional data sharing and criminal intelligence networks.


“InsureNet” would protect drivers, generate revenue


Kansas Legislator, Cindy Neighbor writes;

On Wednesday, the House Transportation Committee heard testimony in support of a new, statewide system for tracking uninsured vehicles.  The system, InsureNet, has already been installed in a variety of states, including Nebraska and Pennsylvania.

The intelligent tracking systems (Intellisections) would take pictures of the rear of vehicles and process the license information through a national intranet system within one minute. If the identified vehicle is uninsured, the owner will receive a citation in the mail.

There is no cost for implementation.  The service, maintenance, and equipment are paid for by a portion of the new revenue InsureNet generates.  It is estimated that $150 million in uninsured motorist fees will be generated for the state of Kansas in the first year.

In a year of unprecedented economic crisis, we absolutely must put all revenue-enhancing ideas on the table.  InsureNet appears to be a creative way to both generate revenue and protect Kansas citizens on the road.

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From The McCarville Report;

Former Oklahoma Legislator,Sports Heroes Hawk InsureNet in Kansas 2010


Henry Outlined ‘Spy Cam’ Plan In Executive Budget

From “The McCarville Report”

May 21, 10

Governor Brad Henry proposed the use of highway cameras (“spy cameras” to many) in his budget earlier this year. Note that the word “camera” is not mentioned.

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National Leader In Use Of Highway Camera Data Employs Former Rep. Wayne Pettigrew

The McCarville Report;

From a business website reporting on the firm’s efforts in Arkansas: Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is interested in InsureNet technology, too.

The company wants to put up 220 cameras at sites picked by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. The company would keep 30 percent of each $250 fine.

“After getting about your second ticket, you’d keep your insurance current,”

said InsureNet spokesman Wayne Pettigrew, a former Oklahoma legislator.

Wayne Pettigrew, former Oklahoma House member, is the National Marketing & Government Relations director for the nation’s leading firm in administering data on vehicle insurance data gathered using controversial highway cameras, the firm’s website discloses.

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A Surveillance State Is Not A Budget Solution

Gov. Jim Gibbons recently announced that he is reconsidering a plan — already rejected by the 2009 Legislature — to install a surveillance net of cameras throughout Nevada’s roadways to catch “insurance scofflaws.” The plan’s efficacy is questionable at best. All we know for sure is that it would be a big step forward to making Nevada a surveillance state.
Nevada Views:

By Maggie McLetchie
Under this particular surveillance network, every license plate would be scanned, captured and analyzed by a private company. There is an astonishing lack of control over how private businesses use or disseminate all the data they collect about us. But what we do know is that in every case where massive amounts of data are stored by private companies — Internet providers, Web site operators, phone companies, cell phone GPS systems, for example — the government has later attempted to obtain that information without oversight, accountability or, most importantly, a warrant.
The government could, for example, seek the camera records of every car attending a particular political rally; could track the daily traffic patterns of individuals; could even request that InsureNet provide them with real-time location of a particular car — without any court oversight or warrant.

And no one should understand the privacy risks like residents of Las Vegas. In 2004, the FBI requested and received hundreds of thousands of customer records from private car rental, air and hotel companies — and all of this data, which many tourists probably hoped would stay in Vegas, remains somewhere in an FBI centralized data bank to be mined, compared and analyzed by the government. Las Vegas is already a surveillance city; why turn Nevada into a surveillance state?

The continuingly increasing presence of cameras in Nevada symbolizes the potential for a dark future, where our every move, our every location and our every communication, is recorded, compiled and stored away, ready to be examined and used against us by the authorities whenever they want.

Read More; http://www.scribd.com/doc/16349861/ALPRautomatic-license-Plate-Recognition-InsureNet


Photo Enforcement Uninsured Motorists is a Red Herring

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, David Machamer and the Alliance for Toll Interoperability plays a role in the push for tag scanning “scameras”

ATI Documents

My Notes; Oklahoma ALPR Alliance for Toll Interoperability Ongoing 5 23 10

Oklahoma DPS Desperately Seeking Automated Enforcement

Nov. 28, 2009

Shedding some light on the recent news about automated enforcement of mandatory insurance law



October 16, 2009
To: All Interested Vendors
Re: Request for Information
The State of Oklahoma, Department of Public Safety, is requesting information regarding a system of automated enforcement of vehicle insurance

Project Description
DPS envisions a system of automated enforcement of vehicle insurance which incorporates, at a minimum, the following processes:
• capture vehicle license plate data from stationary locations along selected highways using: cameras
barcode scanners. Oklahoma’s new license plates include a barcode. All license plates will be replaced with the new license plate by December 31, 2009. It should be noted that some license plate mounts or surrounds obscure, partially or in whole, the barcode.
• other technology proposed by the responder

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has developed, created, and currently administers, in cooperation with insurance carriers licensed to sell personal lines vehicle insurance in Oklahoma, a dynamic system for verification of vehicle insurance by motor license agents of the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) at the time of vehicle registration, law enforcement when making a roadside vehicle stop, and courts when allowing a person to provide proof of the existence of vehicle insurance on the date a citation was written for no insurance.

The current system is called the Oklahoma Compulsory Insurance Verification System (OCIVS).
Obviously, this type of enforcement of vehicle insurance laws, by its natures, is limited to personal contact with the individual. DPS is now interested in expanding the verification process to include a system of automated enforcement of vehicle insurance that will encompass a larger target group without expending manpower.


  • use the captured data to obtain registration data from OTC. Basically, the license plate number would be used to obtain the VIN and the owner’s name and address from OTC. The VIN is necessary for the insurance verification process.
  • use the VIN to inquire against OCIVS to verify whether vehicle insurance exists for the vehicle. OCIVS would reply to the inquiry with a “Confirmed” or “Unconfirmed” response.
  • In some cases, the insurance company would provide a reason along with an “Unconfirmed” response notification to the owner of a vehicle for which an “Unconfirmed” response is received. The notification would be by first-class mail to the owner’s address provided by OTC. T

The notification would include:

  • • vehicle information
  • • the date and time insurance was unable to be confirmed for the vehicle
  • • a statement of violation of state law, including the statutory citation
  • • a fine or administrative penalty (to be determined later) to be paid by the owner as directed on the notification
  • • a statement of the consequences of failure to pay (to be determined later)
  • • record keeping that would provide DPS with daily statistics and related data on vehicles:
  • • for which license plate data was captured
  • • for which registration data was obtained from OTC
  • • for which insurance verification inquiries were made, and the results of those inquiries
  • • for which notification was mailed to the owner

This system would be limited to vehicles covered by personal lines vehicle insurance policies; vehicles covered by commercial policies are not part of OCIVS and therefore would be exempt from this system. While this system of automated enforcement of vehicle insurance only considers application to
vehicles registered in Oklahoma with inquiries against OCIVS, responses which include vehicles registered in any or all other states will be considered. It will be each responder’s responsibility to determine how to access registration and insurance information from a state other than Oklahoma.

RFI Response Instructions
The State is asking all interested parties to submit a response containing the following information:
• Your interest in providing the services/supplies.
• A brief description of past experience providing similar services/supplies.

• Your opinion, based on your past experience, on whether the State has identified all the major components necessary to complete this project? If not, please provide information on other necessary components.
• A list of potential problems/risks that the State may encounter during this project, and any ideas or suggestions about how such problems/risks should be addressed in a solicitation.
• Your best estimated information on how each process would be accomplished, including specific methodology, software, hardware, connectivity, security, etc., and the estimated time frame in which each process would be accomplished.
• Your best estimated time frame for completing the project.
• The State of Oklahoma and DPS would not provide any funding for this system; all costs would be the responsibility of the successful bidder, should the system be bid and awarded.
The method of payment to the successful bidder would be reimbursement from funds received from fines or administrative penalties. With this in mind, please provide an estimate of income your company would find necessary and sufficient to provide the services/supplies required to implement, administer and support this system. This estimate should be given in monthly increments.

See Document;