Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing the way business is being conducted. This work provides you with information on this emerging space. It includes information on: Tags and Tag Protocols, including Electronic Product Code; Readers and Reader Protocols; RFID Middleware; Security and Privacy; Managing RFID Devices; and others.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing the way businesses track inventory and assets. From Wal-Mart and Tesco to the U.S. Department of Defense, early efforts are already showing benefits, but software, integration, and data processing for RFID still present a challenge. If you are a developer or an architect charged with developing an RFID system, this book is for you. Drawing on extensive experience, Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt provide you with essential information on this emerging technology. With the knowledge you gain in these pages, you will possess the information and understanding you need to start designing, building, or integrating with RFID systems. In RFID Essentials you will find information on: * Tags and tag protocols, including the Electronic Product Code (EPC) * Readers and reader protocols * RFID middleware * Security and privacy * Managing RFID devices * RFID's impact on your architecture Bill Glover has been writing software since 1981 and has worked as a programmer, lead developer, or architect on systems of all sizes, from small, automated systems controlling dams and feedmills up to a complete redesign and reimplementation of one of the world's busiest travel web sites. Bill first worked with RFID in 1995, tracking individual cattle using ear tags. He is currently a Senior Java Architect with Sun Microsystems, Inc., and works with Sun's RFID consulting practice and the RFID Test Center. Himanshu Bhatt heads the U.S. RFID Practice and Software Technology Lab for Sun Microsystems, Inc. Prior to assuming this role, Himanshu was responsible for business development and consulting in emerging areas of technology. Himanshu has over 16 years of experience in the architecture and development of distributed, multitier systems using a host of technologies for Fortune 1000 companies. Himanshu has spoken at industry conferences such as JavaOne and the LoneStar Symposium and has published articles on Java/J2EE technologies. "The Information Age is over. We're entering an era where network connectivity is almost ubiquitous - it's participate or perish." --Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Unique competitive advantage erupts from enterprises that couple the RFID technologies laid out in RFID Essentials with modern business integration using service-oriented architectures. This is the book to read in order to understand this new landscape." --Mark Bauhaus, Senior Vice President, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "This is a must read for RFID Software and Solution architects and is highly recommended for anyone needing to gain more insight into the myriad of components, standards and technologies that make up an RFID solutions environment." --Bryan Tracey, Chief Architect, GlobeRanger Corporation "The authors have done a commendable job of covering a lot of ground in the RFID space, including the infrastructure needed to share the volumes of data RFID will likely generate." --Graham Gillen, Senior Product Manager, VeriSign
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Bill Glover makes his living explaining simple concepts to complex people who tend to work for large companies. Bill believes that anything you do three times should be scripted, and that if a piece of code is 100 lines long it can probably be done better in 10. Bill is a Pisces who enjoys long walks in the hills, full personal state vector uploads and chatting about completely harmless things over strong, public key encryption. Himanshu Bhatt is the Software Services Practice Manager for Sun Microsystems, Dallas Office. Himanshu has fourteen plus years of IT experience, and has been published twice in JavaReport. He presented at JavaOne 2000, 2003, SunNetwork Conference and the Lonestar Symposium.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. An Introduction to RFID The Case for RFID The Eras of RFID Application Types Summary 2. RFID Architecture A Confluence of Technologies Key Functionalities RFID System Components Systemic Quality Considerations Architecture Guidelines System Management Summary 3. Tags Basic Tag Capabilities Physical Characteristics Power Source Air Interface Information Storage and Processing Capacity Standards Summary 4. Tag Protocols Protocol Terms and Concepts How Tags Store Data Singulation and Anti-Collision Procedures Tag Features for Security and Privacy Learn to Troubleshoot Tag Communications Summary 5. Readers and Printers Physical Components of an RFID Reader Logical Components of an RFID Reader Parts of an RFID Printer and Applicator Types of Readers Layout for Readers and Antennas Configuring Readers Summary6. Reader Protocols Parts of a Reader Protocol Vendor Protocols EPCglobal Protocol Overview Simple Lightweight RFID Reader Protocol Future Protocols Summary 7. RFID Middleware Motivations Logical Architecture Application Level Events Specification Commercial RFID Middleware Summary 8. RFID Information Service RFID Data The EPCglobal Network The Object Naming Service The EPC Information Services Summary 9. Manageability Edge Deployment Options Capabilities Needed for Edge Management Standards and Technologies Summary 10. Privacy and Security Privacy and Security Issues RFID Privacy RFID Security Summary 11. The Future Standards Technology Business Summary Appendix A. EPC Identity Encodings Appendix B. References Glossary index
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