A few days ago, I was talking with a fellow think tanker about the future of traffic law and biometric ID cards. We got to talking about hieroglyphics for some reason, and the ancient Egyptians. My acquaintance suggested that perhaps the hieroglyphics were nothing more than 3D barcodes, and each of those pictures could represent a tale or story, and when put together they could perhaps be a third meaning, or a combination of meanings.
We then got into the topic of newspaper ads which had little boxes in the corner which were essentially barcodes that you could put your iPhone upto using a special app and it would then direct you to a website, or a certain page on a website. When looking at the box, it doesn’t look like it’s a barcode printed on a piece of paper, rather it looks like a hieroglyphic attempting to be 3-D. Now then, wouldn’t it be great if the biometric driver’s license of the future, along with passports, and other records used such a 3-D style barcode.
By going from 2-D to 3-D, would average that the owner of the driver’s license could put much more information into the 3D barcode like picture, and it might already allow authorities of various databases to expand that data as needed to do their job. Such as a TSA scanning unit, one for the IRS, one for doing mobile electronic banking, and one for traffic police, or border crossing, and best of all the amount of data which could be put into that little 3-D barcode would be meaningful. It also could not be read unless someone was directly over it.
In other words someone couldn’t walk by your pocket, and read it, the only way to truly read it would be to stick the card into a scanning unit, which clamped onto the card and held it in perfect position to then read it. Okay so, it would be just like a directional RFID chip, and only good at super close range with the proper technology. Inherently a system such as this would provide better security for the holder of the card, and it could be used by authorities without sharing databases.
Each time a card was read it could go by the system, and be seen by various authorities of various agencies individually, without the original scanner or employee who was looking at it already realizing, or already having access to that information. It would also do quite well for HIPPA considerations and medical records. Indeed I hope you’ll please consider all this and think on it.