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What is RedTacton

What is RedTacton

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What is RedTacton?

RedTacton is a technology that bridges the last networking gap, creating the HAN – Human Area Network, connecting the last meter. It works by utilizing the electric field on the surface of the human body to transmit data between a RedTacton receiver and other devices. Data can be transmitted at up to 10 mbps. According to Technology Review, the “transceiver combines an optical receiver circuit equipped with a super-sensitive photonic electrical field sensor and a crystal to transmit data.” Currently, RedTacton is gearing up to compete with Bluetooth, Zigbee, IrDA (infrared data association), UWB (ultra wide band), and other wireless communication forms. These competing technologies are different in that they use radio frequency or light to transmit data short distances. They also tend to work at slower speeds that RedTacton which, as mentioned before, uses the body’s electrical field to transmit at a high speed. Additionally, since RedTacton requires touch and has a low potential for interference, it it much more secure than the competition. NTT, the developer of RedTacton, has recently begun to try and commercialize the technology. As reported on Gizmodo (02/25/2008), the technology is currently being marketed as a way to turn a human into a swipe card. Instead of carrying access cards or wearing a wireless device, people would wear their RedTacton device and touch the doors or filing cabinets or other objects which would receive the security clearance from the device. It would be more secure than traditional swipe cards, keys, or wireless signals.

How it works? - in depth
RedTacton utilizes a point to point network, known as a piconet. The P2P network allows information to be exchanged between two transceivers without the need for a server to store or process

the transmitter one wears induces an electric field on the body. the transceiver on the device detects changes in the wearers electric field which was caused by the device. Next. The devices then communicate and send data by inducing fluctuations in the electric field of the human body. RedTacton operates on the idea that optical properties of an electrooptic crystal can vary according to the changes of a person own electric field.information. Data . After contract with another RedTacton enabled device.

In an instant you have downloaded your pictures and are ready to print them out without the need for connecting cables and intermediary devices such as a computer. What does it need? . Imagine holding your digital camera in one hand and touching a printer with your other which initiates the transfer of images from your camera to your printer.is received using a photonic electric field sensor that combines an electro-optic crystal and a laser light to detect fluctuations in the minute electric field.

Who does it need? All bargaining power in the consumer market lies with the device manufacturers who would be our buyers. IrDA. In the event that we need the information we are exchanging to interact with or be processed by other applications. Our suppliers are companies such as NTT that provide this technology to the device manufacturers. Once our transmitter. The government. many popular technologies exist in the marketplace which provide similar functions to RedTacton technology. Bluetooth is also a short range frequency allowing users to transmit data within approximately a 10M range. As mentioned previously. we will be able to communicate with them easily. as this technology evolves and its popularity spreads. however. Unless the device manufacturer stands to benefit from the design change they may reject the new technology in favor of promoting and developing the old one. Second. The Competition Currently. we define a device as any handheld communication medium such as a cell phone or PDA. Bluetooth. military. The introduction of new technologies into existing devices often requires significant design changes that can be costly and time consuming. This would be the case with our subway turn style example previously discussed. they will likely require a significant monetary fee to influence them to build this new technology into their devices. we will likely need a broadband connection to send that information over the internet to be processed and returned. Other Obstacles The most obvious barrier to entry is that the cost and time to develop Personal Area network technology is very expensive. or medical professionals might be ideally suited to help further develop the technology and find other uses for it. However. as a new technology Personal Area networks need to gain popularity among users to help pull the technology into the marketplace instead of having it . RedTacton also needs a lot of research and development. is programmed to recognize and exchange information with other devices we select. Currently. The signal can be tapped into and used by others. such as printers. and UWB are also potential competitors. The first is Bluetooth. is unsecure. that we wear. a device could be any piece of technology that we wish to exchange information with. While device manufacturers may see the potential benefits of RedTacton technology. We are able to program our devices to exchange specific types of information by using a programmable transceiver that connects to a any computer and allows users to customize their transmission settings through a graphical user interface. Zigbee.Each device we wish to communicate with must be equipped with a RedTacton transceiver that is able to detect the messages programmed into our own device.

security applications. Finally. One possible application is gun security. Looking at our list of possible applications. and programmability thanks to the Department of Use the RedTacton technology in other military equipment such as Introduce the . In order for RedTacton technology to be adopted. Guns are routinely taken from dead or wounded soldiers and then used by the enemy. Here is a possible time line of a staged implementation of gun security using RedTacton. A transceiver is built into the Javelin and also on the soldier As more improvements to the transceiver are made in regard to size. The war in Iraq is an excellent example of where gun security would be highly beneficial. we recommend a security application that would have those resources. reliability. If a RedTacton transceiver were implanted in the gun and programmed to a transceiver worn by a soldier. How will RedTacton be used? Military Applications Some of the applications suggested for RedTacton on their web site are wireless headphones. then only that soldier could fire the weapon. an application is needed that will utilize the benefits of the technology and have the financial and time resources for the Research and Development needed to implement the technology. Additionally. 2008 Develop the RedTacton technology so that it can be used by soldiers in the rigors of a war in a physically hostile environment 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Develop a RedTacton device for a high-end weapon such as the Javelin antitank missile. this technology will not likely be very useful until a large number of people and devices have adopted it which means a significant time investment. widespread marketing campaigns will need to be developed to highlight the benefits of PAN technology to facilitate its adoption. There is also the police force that would like a method to prevent someone taking their gun in a scuffle or someone stealing their gun.pushed upon them. they could be rendered useless without the corresponding transceiver that is programmed to allow the weapon to be fired. There is a also a huge black market for stolen weapons and if those weapons had the RedTacton transceiver built in. and point-of-sale interactions. wearable medical devices.

it cannot be fired with out the transceiver. By now the device has become cheaper and easier to deploy. the next US President could end the war. This technology may be met with resistance and the company may want to defer this option until there is more acceptance of the implanted device. Must-do May-do May-do May-do technology into US police forces. the product can be scaled up and used in other weaponry or equipment. If the Javelin is stolen or taken from a dead or wounded soldier. This requirement will be hotly contested by the NRA but the country will be ready for gun security after incidents involving guns become more numerous and deadlier. The guns and weaponry used by that police force are outfitted with RedTacton transceivers as well as all the police that would use those weapons. RedTacton transceivers have the capability of being programmed so that all members of a platoon could use the weaponry assigned to that platoon. Police no longer have to fear that their guns will be taken from them in a scuffle and used against them. . Defer – a transceiver may be developed that can be implanted in the body which would make it much more difficult to steal the transceiver off a dead or wounded soldier. The product may need to be scaled back f the situation changes. For example. May-do This chart shows a staged method of implementing the technology where each stage is built upon the other and a decision is made to either proceed with the next step or to abandon if the technology or methodology is not working. May-do Require the RedTacton security for all guns sold in the US. add the technology to more common guns used in warfare such as the M16.or soldiers assigned to that weapon. Only that soldier or team of specified soldiers can fire the gun. Scale up or down – if the technology is successful. computers and communication devices that require security. Defense R & D money. It may also need to be abandoned if it doesn’t work in a critical situation or in a physically extreme situation such as a sandstorm or intense heat. Abandon – this technology may need to be abandoned if the costs become too great for the benefit.

As the Baby Boomers age. Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with older age. Switch – switch the technology for other uses such as medical or consumer point-of-sale. premature mortality) of $40 billion.3 million of the population age 60 years or older had diabetes which is 20. 2008 Use RedTacton technology to develop a device that can be used to determine blood sugar level and display that information on an easy-to-read device to the patient. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. If needed. Overall. the pancreas gradually loses its ability to produce it and the body’s blood sugar has to be monitored several times a day.Strategic growth – In this scenario. the ability to add on new features or capabilities are built into the product. and other factors. transceivers worn by an individual could be programmed for other devices or uses. a family history of diabetes. work loss. the total cost of diabetes in the US was $132 billion. Medical Applications Another possible application is in the medical field for a disease such as diabetes. Here is a possible time line of a staged implementation of a diabetes pump using RedTacton. 2010 2012 2014 Develop an insulin pump that is equipped with a RedTacton transceiver to communicate with the blood sugar level RedTacton device. obesity. this percentage will increase. In 2002. develop a method to upload the insulin usage information to a database where it can be analyzed for trends. In 2005. If a way could be found to accurately monitor the blood sugar and dispense the proper amount of insulin via a pump. As the need for insulin rises. it would save money and be safer for the patient. 7% of the US population has diabetes with a direct medical cost of $92 billion and an indirect cost (disability. 10. As insulin is needed by the body. For example.9% of the population. it may be possible to determine the cause of spikes or valleys in insulin use and possibly treat it in a Develop a RedTacton transceiver that can be used by hospitals/medical facilities to communicate with a patient’s transceiver to immediately get patient information . By knowing this information. Using a RedTacton device. synthetic insulin has to be taken by pill or injected into the body to maintain the proper glucose levels. the transceivers would communicate and the proper amount of insulin would be dispensed.

blood pressure. pulse. the product can be scaled up and used in other medical equipment such as heart pacemakers. and body vital information such as temperature. For example. we are mainly trying to limit he extent of potential losses. It is also possible that the health of Americans will greatly improve and the incidence of diabetes will dramatically decrease. For example. Abandon – this technology may need to be abandoned if the costs become greater than the benefit. This technology may be met with resistance because of privacy issues and the company may want to defer this option until there is consumer acceptance of this type of device. Scale up or down – if the technology is successful. a commuter in a large city may have their device programmed to interact with a turnstyle in a subway station. The product may need to be scaled back if the situation changes. By breaking the project down into discreet stages. and blood sugar levels. It is possible that a pandemic could decimate the older population and there would be a much smaller percentage of that population. Must-do May-do May-do May-do This chart shows a staged method of implementing the technology where each stage is built upon the other and a decision is made to either proceed with the next step or to abandon if the technology or methodology is not working. Consumer Applications Many options exist for integrating RedTacton into our daily lives through numerous consumer applications such as admissions systems and payment process sing devices. Switch – switch the technology for other uses such as military or consumer point-of-sale. Defer – a transceiver may be developed that can be used by the hospital or medical facilities to quickly collect patient information and body vital information. Each time our commuter walks through the turnstyle he will touch the turnstyle . Strategic growth – In this scenario. the ability to add on new features or capabilities are built into the product. They could also be used for diet aids such as a hunger suppressant. It may also need to be abandoned if it doesn’t work in a critical situation or in a physically extreme situation such as a sandstorm or intense heat. transceivers worn by an individual could be programmed for other devices or uses such as financial transactions or health insurance transactions.different manner.

he will be alerted and asked to pay a fee on the spot. the device will let them through. it has been saved for last. we are mainly trying to limit he extent of potential losses. Since this area of the application has the most uncertainty. The receiver will then relay that information to a database which checks the users balance. Implement a payper-use system that reads a users RedTacton ID number and records their address. Here is a possible time line of a staged implementation of a subway turnstile pay system using RedTacton. 2010 2012 2014 Must-do Connect each RedTacton transceiver to a database that stores balance information and communicates permissions to the turnstile device based on account balances.and transmit his subway user ID number to the receiver in the turnstyle. A counter on the database will keep track of when the user must buy more admissions through the turnstile. May-do May-do This chart shows a staged method of implementing the technology where each stage is built upon the other and a decision is made to either proceed with the next step or to abandon if the technology or methodology is not working. The systems sends a bill to user at the end of a predetermined cycle period for the usage charges they incurred. . By breaking the project down into discreet stages. May-do Enable databases to talk to bank systems that would allow users to update their accounts and pay for new admissions through the turnstile whenever the user was out of money in their pre-paid balance. If the user has paid for enough admissions to through the turnstile. 2008 Use RedTacton technology to develop a device that can be used to allow people access to various locations based on permissions that have programmed into each transceiver. If the user has enough money in his account for a subway ticket. Defer – a\the pay-per-use system may need to be deferred if the database that will communicate with the turnstiles cannot be integrated with the RecTachton device. the turnstyle will let him through to the train. If not.

Critical Success Factors Military Applications The critical success factors of this technology are that it must work or it will be abandoned for gun security. Another critical success factor is that the cost must not outweigh the benefits provided by the technology.Abandon – this technology may need to be abandoned if the costs become greater than the benefit. The product may need to be scaled back if the situation changes. Strategic growth – In this scenario. It may also be scaled up if consumers start to use public transportation in larger numbers because of the price of gasoline. Switch – switch the technology for other uses such as military or medical. The price of the RedTacton technology would need to be competitive for this to be viable. another factor is that the patients accept the technology. For example. For the technology to be adopted by the US population for gun control there will need to be a law passed that requires the technology. . It may also need to be abandoned if iconsumers don't adopt the new technology. Also. a conscientious gun owner would elect to have the RedTacton technology installed on their gun to prevent a child or intruder from using the gun. and passenger rail. If a death occurs that was caused by the technology not working properly. Medical Applications One critical success factor of this technology in a medical application is is it must work or it could create a life or death situation. However it is possible that even without a law. the negative publicity and lawsuits will force the technology to be abandoned for a medical application. metro bus systems. For example. The technology must provide the security that it is designed to provide. the enemy or black marketers can’t replicate the transceiver or reprogram the transceivers for their use. Another critical success factor is that the technology is accepted by the soldiers whose life is on the line. They have to see the benefit of the security and they have to have faith in it and trust that it will work in all situations. Scale up or down – if the technology is successful. The last thing that the military wants is for soldiers not to be able to fire their weapons at the enemy because of a technical glitch. the product can be scaled up and used in other transportation systems such as light rail. the ability to add on new features or capabilities are built into the product. transceivers worn by an individual could be programmed for other devices or uses such as financial transactions in vending machines.

and cost effective. we predict that the most likely application will be in the medical field. etc. consumers will need to be educated on the benefits and security features of RedTacton and how most importantly how it differs from current alternatives that are being used such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Predictions Based on our three scenarios listed above. more reliable. the technology will need to be competitively priced with competitive technologies. . over the long run. For this to happen. Those might include heart pacemakers or pumps.Consumer Applications One important critical success factor in the Consumer applications arena is that RedTacton must obtain widespread adoption in order for it to be useful and profitable. this technology can make the health care profession safer. If the RedTacton technology is adopted for an insulin pump for diabetes. hormone therapy. This area has the financial resources available for Research and Development and it also has the potential to be beneficial to a large percentage of the population. Additionally. it will gain acceptance with those patients and medical professionals and new uses will become apparent for this technology. The product will grow in popularity quickly if more devices integrate RedTacton technology. Hopefully. drug treatments.

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