Digital Angel


June 4, 2004

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US-based Digital Angel is developing products and services which combine biosensor technology with web-enabled wireless telecommunications linked to Global Positioning Systems. Accordingly, they can monitor the key body functions of a human or animal, and transmit that data along with accurate location information, to a ground station or monitoring facility so that they can be monitored and tracked by loved ones. Their whereabouts can even be viewed on a map over the internet - sort of like tracking your freight on - only this monitors the condition of the person being tracked too.

While not everybody will be as comfortable putting a microchip inside gran and the kids as they are with tagging the family pet, you'll never need to worry about the whereabouts of your loved ones again. But not the Jacobs family of Florida - the first entire family to get the Verichip implants, which also provide medical and identity information.

The system is already being used in a variety of innovative solutions, including monitoring the vital stats of at-risk patients, farm animal management systems, locating stolen property, managing commodity supply chains, monitoring the location of parolees and providing a tamper-proof means of identification for enhanced e-commerce security. One company is using it for fleet management. Similarly, the whereabouts of the Porsche, the company car or any other item of value can be tracked with a chip secreted inside. DA is seeking Australian distribution. If you're interested in GPS, see our Casio GPS Watch review on page 67 and visit

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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