Tuesday, June 07, 2005

In England, Wrist Tags Monitor Workers

via Disinterested Party

(Pretend that I introduced this article with a witty reference to 1984 or Brave New World...)

From the (London) Times Online:

“BATTERY FARM” workplaces are springing up in warehouses and distribution centres with employees made to wear electronic wrist tags to monitor and direct their actions, a report said yesterday.

The surveillance tags pick up satellite signals that tell employees to move or pick up goods and monitor the time taken to perform tasks.

Unions have complained that the tags are being used to monitor breaks and even trips to the lavatory, turning workplaces into “battery farms”.


Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

I don't get the "battery farm" part--unless it's a reference to "The Matrix." In which case, I still don't get it.

This reminds me of a discussion I had with co-workers about telecommuting. People do not object to their bosses being phisically right behind them, but almost all of the people I asked said that they would object to having a video camera in their home office that would allow the boss to check in on them at will.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...


No, it doesn't have anything to do with the Matrix. I'm not sure if it is a Britishism, but a battery farm is a way of raising chickens, with thousands of them cramped together. Here's a description.

7:12 PM  

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