RFID Essentials

RFID Essentials

by Bill Glover, Himanshu Bhatt


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596009441
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/26/2006
Series: Theory in Practice (O'Reilly) Series
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.72(d)

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
  • Chapter One: An Introduction to RFID
  • Chapter Two: RFID Architecture
  • Chapter Three: Tags
  • Chapter Four: Tag Protocols
  • Chapter Five: Readers and Printers
  • Chapter Six: Reader Protocols
  • Chapter Seven: RFID Middleware
  • Chapter Eight: RFID Information Service
  • Chapter Nine: Manageability
  • Chapter Ten: Privacy and Security
  • Chapter Eleven: The Future
  • Appendix A: EPC Identity Encodings
  • Appendix B: References
  • Glossary
  • Colophon

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Are you a developer or systems architect or project manager? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to get that first RFID prototype out the door. Glover and Bhatt, begin by defining RFID and introduce some of the fundamental concepts. Then, the authors describe the parts of an RFID system, their relationships to each other, and some of the functional and service-level requirements specific to RFID. Next, the authors describe the tags that attach an identity to an item and communicate that identity to readers. The authors then examine how tags talk to readers. They continue by describing the readers that communicate with tags and connect RFID-tagged items to the network. Then, the authors cover how readers talk to middleware and applications. They then describe the middleware that manages RFID information and edge devices. Next, they examine the storage and use of RFID information. Then, they discuss some of the specific concerns related to managing RFID devices on the edge of the network. Next, the authors discuss real concerns regarding the impact of RFID on security and privacy, as well as dispelling some of the myths. Finally, they continue by providing a look at where RFID may take you in the next few years. This most excellent book allows you to understand the major elements in an RFID system. More importantly, it shows you how to divide work, set goals, and understand vendor proposals.