Home > Store

RFID Field Guide: Deploying Radio Frequency Identification Systems

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

RFID Field Guide: Deploying Radio Frequency Identification Systems


  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale


  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-185355-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-185355-3

The RFID Field Guide is a comprehensive source of practical advice fordesigning and deploying RFID systems in a variety of industries andapplications. It features real-life examples, case studies and frameworks thatdemonstrate how to successfully deploy RFID solutions. In addition toconcisely explaining the fundamentals of the technology, Moradpour andBhuptani carefully analyze RFID's capabilities, possibilities and businessadvantages, and describe a process for evaluating the costs and benefits ofRFID projects. They also address issues related to compliance with variousmandates, security and privacy. Appropriate for those new to the technologyand those already starting to work with and evaluate RFID, this book is a fieldguide for the practitioner to gain a detailed understanding of the technology orsimply get answers to specific questions.


Related Article

RFIDs: Technology Friend or Foe?

Companion Site

Untitled Document Visit the Companion Web Site related to this title.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Emerging Trends in RFID

Table of Contents


About the Authors.



1. A Better Way of Doing Things.

    Security and Authentication

      Electronic Article Surveillance

      Document Authentication

      Access Control

      Electronic Drug Pedigree


      People Monitoring

      Patient Care

      Environmental Sensing and Monitoring


      Payment and Loyalty

      Crowd Control

      Sports Timing

      Golf Ball Tracking

    Process Efficiency

      Track and Trace

      Industrial Automation

      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

    Hardware Components




      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)



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

    Knowledge Base


6. Organizational Mobilization.

    Achieving Organizational Mobilization

    Provide Leadership Focus

    Communicate Shared Vision

    Engage Support and Resistance

    Institutionalize Results and Lessons


7. Cost-Benefit Analysis.

    Analyzing Benefits

      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



      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



9. Mandates as Business Catalysts.

    Wal-Mart and RFID


      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


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


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


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



Untitled Document Download the Preface related to this title.


Untitled Document Download the Index file related to this title.


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020