President of CGM Applied Security Technologies Responds to Concepts of RFID at Borders

Erik Hoffer says that 'terrorists don't commute', but fear visual recognition


SEA GIRT, N.J. -- Erik Hoffer, president of CGM Applied Security Technologies, a subsidiary of Digital Descriptor Systems, Inc. (DDSI), and renowned expert in protective security technology for global supply chain, stated that the Department of Homeland Security's decision to use radio frequency technology (RFID) to help monitor possible terrorist and criminal activity will not protect U.S. citizens from terrorist activity. Department of Homeland Security announced this week that wireless chips for vehicles will become mandatory at five border posts with Canada and Mexico to track foreigners driving in and out of North America.

"Installing an RFID chip is in effect taking the chip and throwing it in the garbage - aside from believing that you are actually making the country safer," Hoffer remarked. "Terrorists need only have access to the country once - they come for a purpose and rarely - if ever - commute."

September 11th and the London bombings demonstrate that terrorists have a one-way mission, and the best that citizens can do is to keep terrorists out of the country or try to keep them out of attractive terrorist sites. Terrorists must first be identified, and using RFID does not do anything to meet those goals.

DDSI develops and markets a suite of imaging identification products for law enforcement agencies. "Terrorists do not want their faces attached to documents or on file - creating a database of who is entering the country helps ensure that once someone has been identified as a potential risk, we can use image technology to alert local and federal law enforcement agencies."