The Auto-ID Trajectory - Titlepage

This is the titlepage of my PhD thesis completed at the University of Wollongong in 2003 on the topic of the Automatic Identification Trajectory. I began my research in February 1997, submitted on the 5th May 2003, and graduated on the 19th December 2003. I received news of my PhD results some 12 hours after giving birth to my first child. Needless to say after 28 hours of intense labour, the news of the 6+ years of research on automatic identification was put in perspective. It is indeed the journey that matters...

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The Auto-ID Trajectory - Chapter One Introduction

This thesis is concerned with the automatic identification (auto-ID) industry which first came to prominence in the early 1970s. Auto-ID belongs to that larger sector known as information technology (IT). As opposed to manual identification, auto-ID is the act of identifying a living or nonliving thing without direct human intervention. Of course the process of auto-ID data capture and collection requires some degree of human intervention but the very act of authenticating or verifying an entity can now be done automatically. An entity can possess a unique code indicating personal identification or a group code indicating conformity to a common set of characteristics. Some of the most prominent examples of auto-ID techniques that will be explored in this thesis include bar code, magnetic-stripe, integrated circuit (IC), biometric and radio-frequency identification (RF/ID). The devices in which these techniques are packaged include labels and tags, card technologies, human feature recognition, and implants. Generally the devices are small in size, not larger than that of a standard credit card.

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