Synopses & Reviews
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing theway businesses track inventory and assets. From Wal-Mart and Tesco to theU.S. Department of Defense, early efforts are already showing benefits,but software, integration, and data processing for RFID still present achallenge. If you are a developer or an architect charged withdeveloping an RFID system, this book is for you. Drawing on extensiveexperience, Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt provide you with essentialinformation on this emerging technology.
With the knowledge you gain in these pages, you will possess theinformation and understanding you need to start designing, building, orintegrating 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 aprogrammer, lead developer, or architect on systems of all sizes, fromsmall, automated systems controlling dams and feedmills up to acomplete redesign and reimplementation of one of the world's busiesttravel web sites. Bill first worked with RFID in 1995, trackingindividual cattle using ear tags. He is currently a Senior JavaArchitect with Sun Microsystems, Inc., and works with Sun's RFIDconsulting practice and the RFID Test Center.
Himanshu Bhatt heads the U.S. RFID Practice and Software Technology Labfor Sun Microsystems, Inc. Prior to assuming this role, Himanshu wasresponsible for business development and consulting in emerging areasof technology. Himanshu has over 16 years of experience in thearchitecture and development of distributed, multitier systems using ahost of technologies for Fortune 1000 companies. Himanshu has spoken atindustry conferences such as JavaOne and the LoneStar Symposium and haspublished articles on Java/J2EE technologies.
"The Information Age is over. We're entering an era wherenetwork 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 theRFID 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 ishighly 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 inthe RFID space, including the infrastructure needed to share the volumes of data RFID will likely generate."--Graham Gillen, Senior Product Manager, VeriSign
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing the way business is being conducted. From Walmart, to the Department of Defense, the benefits of RFID are quickly being realized. Although the software, integration, and data processing side of RFID still present a challenge in many organizations. 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 Himasnhu Bhatt provide you with essential information on this emerging space.
In RFID Essentials you will find information on:
Tags and Tag Protocols including Electronic Product Code (EPC)
Readers and Reader Protocols
Security and Privacy
Managing RFID Devices
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.
The authors not only provide guidelines for using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to track retail items and other inventory assets, but they also cover RFID-related technologies, including data mining software and services.
About the Author
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 RFID Test Center.
Himanshu V Bhatt leads the worldwide solution development and go to market efforts for Supply Chain & Logistics solutions for IBM, as well as leading the incubation for Sensor and Actuator solutions in emerging markets such as India. Himanshu has spoken at conferences such as JavaWorld, RFIDWorld, RFID Journal Live, and the National Retail Federation and with over 18 years of experience in building enterprise software architectures and helping companies draw insights from their IT to help drive business transformations, Himanshu is an expert in Service Oriented Architecture, Business Process Modeling and Web Services Security. Himanshu has a B.S. in Electronics from Mumbai University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Texas at Dallas. Himanshu is a CISSP.
Table of Contents
Praise for RFID Essentials; Preface; Who This Book Is For; Structure of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Comments and Questions; Safari® Enabled; Acknowledgments; Chapter One: An Introduction to RFID; 1.1 The Case for RFID; 1.2 The Eras of RFID; 1.3 Application Types; 1.4 Summary; Chapter Two: RFID Architecture; 2.1 A Confluence of Technologies; 2.2 Key Functionalities; 2.3 RFID System Components; 2.4 Systemic Quality Considerations; 2.5 Architecture Guidelines; 2.6 System Management; 2.7 Summary; Chapter Three: Tags; 3.1 Basic Tag Capabilities; 3.2 Physical Characteristics; 3.3 Power Source; 3.4 Air Interface; 3.5 Information Storage and Processing Capacity; 3.6 Standards; 3.7 Summary; Chapter Four: Tag Protocols; 4.1 Protocol Terms and Concepts; 4.2 How Tags Store Data; 4.3 Singulation and Anti-Collision Procedures; 4.4 Tag Features for Security and Privacy; 4.5 Learn to Troubleshoot Tag Communications; 4.6 Summary; Chapter Five: Readers and Printers; 5.1 Physical Components of an RFID Reader; 5.2 Logical Components of an RFID Reader; 5.3 Parts of an RFID Printer and Applicator; 5.4 Types of Readers; 5.5 Layout for Readers and Antennas; 5.6 Configuring Readers; 5.7 Summary; Chapter Six: Reader Protocols; 6.1 Parts of a Reader Protocol; 6.2 Vendor Protocols; 6.3 EPCglobal Protocol Overview; 6.4 Simple Lightweight RFID Reader Protocol; 6.5 Future Protocols; 6.6 Summary; Chapter Seven: RFID Middleware; 7.1 Motivations; 7.2 Logical Architecture; 7.3 Application Level Events Specification; 7.4 Commercial RFID Middleware; 7.5 Summary; Chapter Eight: RFID Information Service; 8.1 RFID Data; 8.2 The EPCglobal Network; 8.3 The Object Naming Service; 8.4 The EPC Information Services; 8.5 Summary; Chapter Nine: Manageability; 9.1 Edge Deployment Options; 9.2 Capabilities Needed for Edge Management; 9.3 Standards and Technologies; 9.4 Summary; Chapter Ten: Privacy and Security; 10.1 Privacy and Security Issues; 10.2 RFID Privacy; 10.3 RFID Security; 10.4 Summary; Chapter Eleven: The Future; 11.1 Standards; 11.2 Technology; 11.3 Business; 11.4 Summary; Appendix A: EPC Identity Encodings; A.1 GS1 SGTIN Encoding; A.2 GS1 SSCC Encoding; A.3 GS1 GLN/SGLN Encoding; A.4 GS1 GRAI Encoding; A.5 GS1 GIAI Encoding; Appendix B: References; B.1 Organizations, Standards, and Specifications; B.2 Important Papers on RFID; B.3 Related Books; B.4 Periodicals; B.5 History; B.6 Free Tools; Glossary; Colophon;