RFID Field Guide: Deploying Radio Frequency Identification Systems / Edition 1

RFID Field Guide: Deploying Radio Frequency Identification Systems / Edition 1

by Manish Bhuptani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131853554

ISBN-13: 9780131853553

Pub. Date: 02/10/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

The Practical RFID Deployment Guide

Whatever your industry or application, RFID Field Guide is your comprehensive guide to planning, designing, and deploying RFID technology into your business. Two leading RFID experts draw on their extensive experience to cut through the hype associated with RFID technology and present the realities: true

Overview

The Practical RFID Deployment Guide

Whatever your industry or application, RFID Field Guide is your comprehensive guide to planning, designing, and deploying RFID technology into your business. Two leading RFID experts draw on their extensive experience to cut through the hype associated with RFID technology and present the realities: true costs and benefits, technical and organizational obstacles, and solutions that work.

The authors begin by explaining how RFID works, and identifying mature and emerging RFID applications that can reduce expenses, increase revenue, and drive competitive advantage. Next, they present a complete framework for assessing and deploying RFID: everything from budgeting to team building, standards to security, vendor selection to integration.

Along the way, they answer crucial questions facing every manager responsible for evaluating, planning, or implementing RFID:

  • What's hype, and what isn't? What can RFID really do for my business?

  • What technical advances are on the horizon? Should I wait, or act now?

  • Which evolving standards will impact my RFID planning and deployment?

  • What best practices exist for planning, organizing, and delivering on RFID initiatives?

  • How do I assess the truecosts and benefits of RFID technologies? How do I mitigate the risks?

  • What issues should I consider in choosing RFID vendors?

  • How should I respond immediately to mandates and still maintain a coherent long-term RFID strategy?

  • How can I manage the security and privacy implications of RFID?

  • Will item-level tagging ever be a reality in the retail industry? If so, when?

  • What's the future of RFID? And what's my next step, right now?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131853553
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
02/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About the Authors.

Preface.

I. WHAT IS RFID?

1. A Better Way of Doing Things.

Security and Authentication

Electronic Article Surveillance

Document Authentication

Access Control

Electronic Drug Pedigree

Safety

People Monitoring

Patient Care

Environmental Sensing and Monitoring

Convenience

Payment and Loyalty

Crowd Control

Sports Timing

Golf Ball Tracking

Process Efficiency

Track and Trace

Industrial Automation

Supply Chain Integration

Summary

2. The History and Evolution of RFID.

RFID Technology and the Radio

The Early Days of RFID

From Detection to Unique Identification

RFID Flourishes Across the Globe

Texas Instruments Leads Pioneering Efforts in the U.S.

Europe Gets an Early Start

Passive Tags Grow Up in the ’90s

Summary

3. Components of RFID Systems.

Operational Description of RFID Systems

Hardware Components

Tag

Reader

Antenna

Limitations of Tag and Reader Communications

Host Computer

Software Components

RFID System Software

RFID Middleware

Host Application

The EPCglobal Network

Electronic Product Code (EPC)

The ID System

EPC Middleware

Object Name Service (ONS)

EPC Information Services (EPCIS)

Summary

II. HOW TO DEPLOY RFID.

4. Standards Related to RFID.

Role of Standards in Technology Advancement and Adoption

Standards and RFID–An Overview of EPCglobal

Version 1.0/1.1 Specifications

Implementation of EPC through EPCglobal Network

Functions and Features of EPCglobal

ISO and RFID Standards

Other Standardization Initiatives

Recommendations for the Practitioner

Summary

5. Framework for Deployment.

Introducing RFID Deployment Framework

Identify Business Problem

Define and Pilot Solution

Build and Deploy Solution

Sustain and Improve

Knowledge Base

Summary

6. Organizational Mobilization.

Achieving Organizational Mobilization

Provide Leadership Focus

Communicate Shared Vision

Engage Support and Resistance

Institutionalize Results and Lessons

Summary

7. Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Analyzing Benefits

Types of Benefits

Finding the Right Benefit Level

Elements of Cost

Tags

Readers

Antennae

Host Computer, Middleware, and Host Applications

Installation

Tuning

Integration and Business Process Reengineering

Support and Maintenance

Cost-Benefit Characterization of Selected Applications

Summary

8. Vendor Considerations and Landscape.

Vendor Selection Approach

Best-of-Breed

One-Stop-Shop

Trusted Advisor

Vendor Comparison Criteria

Vendor Categories

Tag and Reader Vendors

RFID Middleware Vendors

Computer Systems Vendors

Application Vendors

Systems Integration Vendors

Value Added Vendors

Specialty Services Vendors

Vendor Guide

Summary

III. THE PATH AHEAD.

9. Mandates as Business Catalysts.

Wal-Mart and RFID

Background

Wal-Mart Mandate

Implications for Suppliers

Implications for RFID Component Vendors

U.S. Department of Defense and RFID

Details of the Mandate

Implications for Suppliers

Recommendations for Suppliers of Wal-Mart, Other Retailers, and the DoD

RFID Initiatives at Other Organizations

Summary

10. Security and Privacy.

Distinguishing Between Security and Privacy Issues

Security Challenges

Areas of Security Vulnerability in RFID Components

Assessing Security Risks in RFID Applications

Solutions for Securing and Protecting RFID Data

Privacy Considerations

Consumer RFID Applications and Privacy

Consumer Willingness to Disclose Personal Data

RFID Privacy Best Practices

Summary

11. Emerging Trends in RFID.

Technological Advancements

New and Improved Tags

Architecture for the New Network

Falling RFID Tag Price

Business Process Innovations

Item-Level Tagging

Third-Party Logistics Management

Real-Time Inventory Management

Business Intelligence

IT Outsourcing

Real-Time Data Sharing for Total Supply Chain Integration

Evolving Standards and Legislation

Industry Standards

Government Regulations and Mandates

Privacy Related Regulations

Consumer Application Innovations

Summary

Appendix A.

Case Study: Michigan Department of Agriculture

Case Study: Sun Microsystems

Case Study: Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF)

Case Study: Woolworths, Plc.

Case Study: Smart & Secure Tradelanes– Phase One Review

Appendix B: The Sun EPCglobal Network Architecture.

References and Recommended Reading

Index.

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