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RFID For Dummies

Patrick J. Sweeney II

ISBN: 978-0-764-57910-3 April 2005 408 Pages


  • Many companies have asked suppliers to begin using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags by 2006
  • RFID allows pallets and products to be scanned at a greater distance and with less effort than barcode scanning, offering superior supply-chain management efficiencies
  • This unique plain-English resource explains RFID and shows CIOs, warehouse managers, and supply-chain managers how to implement RFID tagging in products and deploy RFID scanning at a warehouse or distribution center
  • Covers the business case for RFID, pilot programs, timelines and strategies for site assessments and deployments, testing guidelines, privacy and regulatory issues, and more

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Part I: Now That You Can Spell RFID, Here’s the Rest of the Story.

Chapter 1: Taking the Mystery out of RFID.

Chapter 2: Auto-ID Technologies: Why RFID Is King of the Hill.

Chapter 3: Making Basic Decisions about Your RFID System.

Part II: Ride the Electromagnetic Wave: The Physics of RFID.

Chapter 4: What Makes Up an RFID Network.

Chapter 5: Understanding How Technology Becomes a Working System.

Chapter 6: Seeing Different RFID Systems at Work.

Part III: Fitting an RFID Application into Your World.

Chapter 7: Seeing the Invisible: The Site Assessment.

Chapter 8: Testing One, Two, Three: Developing Your Own Lab.

Chapter 9: Tag, You’re It: Testing for Best Tag Design and Placement.

Chapter 10: Hooked on Phonics: Reader Testing, Selection, and Installation.

Chapter 11: Middle Where? It’s Not Just about the Readers.

Part IV: Raising the Beams for Your Network.

Chapter 12: From Pilot to Admiral: Deploying RFID Successfully.

Chapter 13: Getting Set to Administer and Maintain Your System.

Chapter 14: Ping-pong, the Tags Are Gone: How to Monitor Your RFID Network.

Part V: How to Speak Bean Counter.

Chapter 15: Making the Business Case.

Chapter 16: Fitting RFID into Strategic Plans.

Chapter 17: What to Look for When Considering Outsourcing.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Equipment Vendors.

Chapter 19: Ten Web Sites for Information on RFID.

Chapter 20: Ten Tips from the Experts.

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) RFID Standards and Protocols.

Appendix: Glossary of Electrical, Magnetic, and Other Scientific Terms.