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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?
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About the Authors.
I. WHAT IS RFID?
1. A Better Way of Doing Things.
Security and Authentication
Electronic Article Surveillance
Electronic Drug Pedigree
Environmental Sensing and Monitoring
Payment and Loyalty
Golf Ball Tracking
Track and Trace
Supply Chain Integration
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
3. Components of RFID Systems.
Operational Description of RFID Systems
Limitations of Tag and Reader Communications
RFID System Software
The EPCglobal Network
Electronic Product Code (EPC)
The ID System
Object Name Service (ONS)
EPC Information Services (EPCIS)
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
5. Framework for Deployment.
Introducing RFID Deployment Framework
Identify Business Problem
Define and Pilot Solution
Build and Deploy Solution
Sustain and Improve
6. Organizational Mobilization.
Achieving Organizational Mobilization
Provide Leadership Focus
Communicate Shared Vision
Engage Support and Resistance
Institutionalize Results and Lessons
7. Cost-Benefit Analysis.
Types of Benefits
Finding the Right Benefit Level
Elements of Cost
Host Computer, Middleware, and Host Applications
Integration and Business Process Reengineering
Support and Maintenance
Cost-Benefit Characterization of Selected Applications
8. Vendor Considerations and Landscape.
Vendor Selection Approach
Vendor Comparison Criteria
Tag and Reader Vendors
RFID Middleware Vendors
Computer Systems Vendors
Systems Integration Vendors
Value Added Vendors
Specialty Services Vendors
III. THE PATH AHEAD.
9. Mandates as Business Catalysts.
Wal-Mart and RFID
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
10. Security and Privacy.
Distinguishing Between Security and Privacy Issues
Areas of Security Vulnerability in RFID Components
Assessing Security Risks in RFID Applications
Solutions for Securing and Protecting RFID Data
Consumer RFID Applications and Privacy
Consumer Willingness to Disclose Personal Data
RFID Privacy Best Practices
11. Emerging Trends in RFID.
New and Improved Tags
Architecture for the New Network
Falling RFID Tag Price
Business Process Innovations
Third-Party Logistics Management
Real-Time Inventory Management
Real-Time Data Sharing for Total Supply Chain Integration
Evolving Standards and Legislation
Government Regulations and Mandates
Privacy Related Regulations
Consumer Application Innovations
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