RFID: A Guide to Radio Frequency Identification / Edition 1

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This broad overview and guide to RFID technology and its application provides the initial "homework" for the reader interested in better understanding RFID technology and tools. It is written to provide an introduction for business leaders, supply chain improvement advocates, and technologists to help them adopt RFID tools for their unique applications, and provide the basic information for better understanding of RFID. RFID-A Guide to Radio Frequency Identification describes and addresses the following: How RFID works, how it is used, and who is using it, The history of RFID technology, the current state of the art, and where RFID is expected to be taken in the future, The role of middleware software to route data between the RFID network and the information technology (IT) systems within an organization, The use of RFID technology in both commercial and government applications, The role and value of RFID industry standards and the current regulatory compliance environment, The issues faced by the public and industry regarding the wide-scale deployment of RFID technology.

With the global sales of active RFID systems forecast to grow from {dollar}500 million in 2006 to {dollar}6,78 billion in 2016, there's more need than ever for a comprehensive guide to RFID that gives practical answers to complex questions about how RFID works, how it's currently being used, and how it may be applied in the future. RFID-A Guide ta Radio Frequency identification is a one-stop resource for current information on commercial and government applications of RFID technology, with insightful focus on such specific uses as supply chain management, retail and consumer packaging, transportation anddistribution of products, pharmaceutical applications, and security and access control.

About the Author:
V. Daniel Hunt is President and CEO of Technology Research Corporation

About the Author:
Albert Puglia is an attorney and the Senior Public Safety-Privacy Issue Analyst at Technology Research Corporation

About the Author:
Mike Puglia has served as an RFID and advanded engineering technology analyst and writer at Technology Research Corporation

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a well-written primer that should be in the library of any engineer, as well as non-engineers and decision makers, involved in the implementation and application of RFID in any domain." (IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, August 2008)

"A consultants' overview of a difficult field has large dissemination and awareness potential; from that point of view, this volume is a well-balanced one." (Computing Reviews, February 4, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470107645
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

V. Daniel Hunt is President and CEO of Technology Research Corporation. He is an internationally known management consultant, emerging technology trends analyst, and author of numerous bestselling bottom-line performance improvement books.

Albert Puglia is an attorney and the Senior Public Safety–Privacy Issue Analyst at Technology Research Corporation.

Mike Puglia has served as an RFID and advanced engineering technology analyst and writer at Technology Research Corporation.

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Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xix
Staff Acknowledgments     xxi
About the Authors     xxiii
Introduction     1
What Is RFID?     1
What Explains the Current Interest in RFID Technology?     2
Goals of This Book     4
An Overview of RFID Technology     5
The Three Core Components of an RFID System     5
RFID Tags     6
RFID Interrogators     9
RFID Controllers     11
Frequency     11
Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Systems     16
"Smart" Tags vs. Bar Codes     20
RFID Technology in Supply Chain Management     23
History and Evolution of RFID Technology     25
The Convergence of Three Technologies     25
Milestones in RFID and the Speed of Adoption     26
RFID in the Future     29
RFID Middleware and Information Technology Integration     33
What Is RFID Middleware?     33
The Recent Focus on Middleware     34
Core Functions of RFID Middleware     34
Middleware as Part of an RFID System-The EPC Architecture     35
The Present State of MiddlewareDevelopment     38
Middleware Vendors     38
Commercial and Government RFID Technology Applications     39
Introduction     39
Effect of the Wal-Mart and Department of Defense Mandates     40
Strategic Dimensions of the Wal-Mart and DoD Mandates     41
RFID Technology for Business Applications     44
RFID and Supply Chain Management     46
The Business Case for RFID     51
Government Use of RFID Technology     57
RFID and the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain     60
RFID Implanted in Humans     64
RFID Technology in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Corrections     67
Introduction     67
RFID Technology in Homeland Security     68
RFID in Law Enforcement     71
RFID Use in Law Enforcement-Looking to the Future     76
RFID Technology in Corrections     76
RFID Regulations and Standards     83
Governmental RFID Regulation     83
World Regulatory Bodies     84
Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) Bands     85
Spectrum Allocations for RFID     85
Industrial RFID Standards     86
International Standards Organization (ISO)      87
EPCglobal     89
The Wal-Mart and DoD Mandates and EPC     95
Issues Surrounding the Deployment of RFID Technology     97
Introduction     97
Privacy Issues in Applying RFID Technology     97
The Costs of Developing and Deploying RFID Technology     104
The Growth of Global Standards and Regulations     105
Technological Immaturity and Integration with Legacy Systems     106
Lack of Robustness     107
Lack of Knowledge and Experience, End-User Confusion, and Skepticism     108
Ethical Issues     108
Data Management     109
The Future Predictions for RFID     111
Wal-Mart RFID Initiative     115
Department of Defense RFID Policy Overview     121
List of Acronyms     137
Glossary     139
RFID Vendor List     157
Points of Contact     199
Index     201
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