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A different kind of fish and chips are now available at Underwater World, Singapore

By Shane Graber - Posted Jun 10, 2011 02:00 PM
RFID "chips" are used in many applications in our daily lives - toll roads, public transit, product tracking and more. Underwater World in Singapore has applied this technology in a unique way – tagging fish that are on display in their massive aquariums.
A different kind of fish and chips are now available at Underwater World, Singapore

An example of an RFID "chip." Photo by Dana Gordon, Flickr.

RFID "chip" are tiny electronic devices that communicate information to an electronic reader through the use of radio waves.  The chips come in all shapes and sizes ranging from flat to pill-shaped and can be embedded in credit cards, smart phones, clothing, even pets. Underwater World in Singapore is now using this existing technology in an all new way – to tag fish so that visitors can learn more about them.

"Gone are the days when visitors are happy looking at animals and matching them with the information on the sign boards," Chew said.

Here's how it works: when a fish equipped with an RFID chip swims past a detector, a visitor standing in front of the tank is alerted through an interactive touchscreen display.  The display then allows visitors to page through information about that particular species of fish where they can learn more about its habitat and biology.

According to Peter Chew, Underwater World's Sales and Marketing Director, this new aquarium is the first to use RFID technology in this way.

The aquarium is reported to have cost S$30,000 and took three months to setup.

So far the following fish have been tagged:

Because of the huge success of this project, the aquarium is planning to tag sharks as their next RFID-enabled display.

We'd like to thank Gresham Hendee of Reef Nutrition for bringing this to our attention.

(via RFID Weblog, Reuters)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/.

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