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RFID Interoperability in the Spotlight [ Source: MET Laboratories ]

June 2010- The common definition of Interoperability is that of "the functional testing of a product against another product according to a set of test specifications." Unfortunately, this definition does not meet RFID requirements. The primary reason for it is that RFID implementations consist of a system of hardware, data, and software. RFID tags communicate with readers and exchange data using air interface protocols. Software facilities communications between readers, RFID middleware, and enterprise applications such as ERPs ...

Cost-Benefit Analysis Of An RFID Asset-Tracking System [ Source: Ramp RFID Solutions ]

July 2009- Ramp RFID Solutions presents an RFID cost-benefit analyses of an RFID asset-tracking system. An experiment comparing RFID with bar-coding was conducted and the findings from this experiment were further analyzed from the point of view of a hypothetical, but realistic, asset-tracking operation.

Comparing Wi-Fi RFID And IR-RFID Real-Time Locating Systems For Use In Healthcare [ Source: Versus Technology ]

August 2009- Real-time locating systems (RTLS) are becoming mainstream in healthcare environments. Although currently there is only a 29% adoption rate, this number is expected to grow to nearly 70% by 2011. However, there are many different RTLS offerings as well as remarkable variation in the implementation processes, functionality, and long-term success with each system. This white paper explores the implementation costs between two popular RTLS solutions: Wi-Fi RFID (radio frequency identification) from Cisco and hardwired Infrared-RFID from Versus, and ...

Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) In Healthcare: Wi-Not Wi-Fi? [ Source: Awarepoint Corporation ]

August 2009- CIOs must ask some very important questions to appraise the cost and value of Wi-Fi-based RTLS: Are you really using existing infrastructure? What is the cost (in time and expertise) for on-going maintenance of Wi-Fi RTLS? How will Wi-Fi RTLStraffic affect your network? The “just add water” story Wi-Fi marketers publicize loses steam in real-world applications. Once you’ve optimized your Wi-Fi infrastructure for RTLS, you will need extensive location planning of highly trained individuals ...

Re-engineering The Wireless Network In Healthcare [ Source: Radiant Networks ]

July 2008- The Radiant Networks StatAware Healthcare solution tracks equipment, medical staff, and patients to improve workflow, reduce costs, and increase satisfaction. The StatAware solution has combined the Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Mobility Services Engine with AeroScout’s WiFi-based RFID tags and MobileView application to cost effectively automate asset management.

How To Design A Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network [ Source: Greenpeak Technologies ]

June 2008- Driven by the demand for “green” technology and better use of power, a new generation of extreme low-power wireless networks is being developed for use in machine to machine networks, for industrial and control applications, as well as for health, security, and other purposes. This article is about this new approach to truly wireless networks –- without any network cables or power lines.

Where's Wi-Fi Waldo? A White Paper on Location-Based Services [ Source: Global Knowledge ]

April 2009- Physically keeping track of all of your expensive mobile assets is very inefficient, time-consuming, and often results in missing mobile assets, which are unaccounted for. Cisco has a location-aware solution that puts an end to this daunting task. Using Cisco's Wireless Control System (WCS), controller-based access points, Cisco 3300 Series Mobility Service Engine, and Cisco compatible radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, you can locate your mobile assets by looking at a digitized version of your floor ...

How RFID and Location-Based Services Can Meld with IP Telephony [ Source: Research In Motion ]

March 2008- This presentation examines the integration of RFID and location-based services with IP telephony.

Feitian Smart Card [ Source: Feitian Technologies Co., Ltd. ]

July 2008- Smart card products are used in every economic sectors, from banking to mass transportations. Feitian Technologies provides a full range of Smart Card solutions including GSM SIM card, CDMA RUIM card, Java card, .Net card, PKI card, Creative card, Payment card, and Electronic ID card. The Feitian .Net Smart Card Platform is extending the advantages of .Net framework to smart card industry. It provides the possibility, immediately, for current .Net framework experts becoming smart card ...

SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform [ Source: Anovatek Inc ]

December 2007- SAS has developed an integrated platform for delivering enterprise intelligence. This platform, which we call the SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform, optimally integrates individual technology components within your existing infrastructure into a single, unified system. The result is an information flow that transcends organizational silos, diverse computing platforms and niche tools — and delivers access to the insights that drive value for your organization.

The SAS Enterprise Intelligence Platform extends the value of your existing ...

Getting a Handle on Quality Assurance [ Source: Anovatek Inc ]

July 2007- Quality assurance typically is defined as all activities that contribute to defining, designing, assessing, monitoring, and improving quality. These activities can be performed as part of the accreditation of facilities, supervision, or other efforts to improve the performance and quality of services.

Your Intellectual Property Deserves Iron-Clad Security from Your Outsourcer [ Source: Long Circle ]

May 2008- IP-based businesses now represent the largest single sector of the U.S. economy and, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, intellectual property theft costs U.S. businesses an estimated $250 billion per year and 750,000 American jobs. An outsourcer is not only tasked with R&D development, but equally important, is expected to keep that intellectual property safe. No company can afford to do business with an outsourcing vendor that bypasses or takes shortcuts with security. ...

ABCs of defining asset value [ Source: RF Technologies ]

May 2008- This paper details what needs to be examined before establishing the value of an asset, specifically the A - Acquisition Costs, B - Business Value, C - Cost of Ownership, D -Data Sensitivity and E - Essential Value of the asset. Understanding the real value of an asset will enable you to set up appropriate processes or infrastructure to protect or locate the assets.

Tracking Reusable Metal Shipping Containers Using Passive RFID [ Source: Paxar ]

January 2008- RFID’s evaluation focused on tracking large steel shipping containers and their contents as part of a parts distribution system. The study discussed in this paper looks at two main problem areas; tracking the containers throughout their lifetime using a permanent durable hard-tag, and using a standard print, encode and apply RFID label as a shipping label.

Beyond the Tag: Finding RFID Value in Manufacturing and Distribution Applications [ Source: Intermec Technologies ]

January 2008- Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) has always been considered a forward-looking technology. Today, most of the focus is on how emerging Electronic Product Code (EPC) RFID tags can help connects trading partners and aligns supply chains. However, to see the immediate benefits RFID can provide, manufacturers should look inward at their operation’s own business processes, not forward into just supply chain customer’s compliance requirements. RFID provides a quick return on investment in many factory ...

Testing the Durability of RFID Labels on Reusable Totes: Can RFID Labels Withstand Long-Term Use With Repeated Washings? [ Source: Paxar ]

January 2008- The use of reusable totes to transfer products through various supply chain links is not a new concept but the addition of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), to this traditional process promises to be a valuable tool for loss prevention and quality control. Customer concerns about the dependability of RFID labels in this precarious setting prompted Paxar to engage in a second of a planned series of RFID environmental tests designed to provide valuable information to ...

Early RFID Adopters Seize the Initiative [ Source: Intel ]

January 2008- As the progressive adopters continue to push forward with their internal efforts, they are laying down the core understanding and learning for the rest of the industry to benefit from. Many organizations outside of the retail environment are also recognizing that their supply chains can also benefit equally from the learning and apply the principles directly. These early initiatives have driven a number of significant results that brought everyone to a point where RFID adoption ...

Discovery Services - Enabling RFID Traceability in EPCglobal Networks [ Source: Computer Society of India ]

January 2008- With initiatives like the Electronic Product Code (EPC) and upcoming technologies like RFID, new traceability applications emerge everywhere. Parties that want to share their data to create business value need the right technology. New mechanisms to query traceable data are needed to give companies incentives to participate in global EPC data networks. Apart from business considerations, they will share their data only if the services infrastructure, such as the EPCglobal Network architecture, is scalable, secure, ...

Shipping Test Examines RFID Label Durability [ Source: Paxar ]

January 2008- Most of the people among the many consumer-goods manufacturers and suppliers to the DoD have questions regarding the stability of the Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) labels? With vendor charge-backs for incomprehensible RFID labels an impending likelihood, concerns about RFID label durability during the shipping process are substantial. Despite the prevalence of internal laboratory testing that quickly validates readability of RFID labels prior to shipment, there is very little published data accessible on the end outcome ...

Enabling Demand-Driven Retailing: Robust Network Infrastructure Is Critical to Support New Applications [ Source: 3Com ]

January 2008- Analysts and savvy retailers view demand-driven retailing as a critical business initiative. According to AMR Research, demand-driven retailing is a system of technologies and processes that capture consumer behavior at each point of interaction and then use this information to define products and services that shape customer demand, while facilitating a real-time, profitable response across a network of suppliers and channels to meet that demand. Retailers are undertaking major business process change to get to ...

Privacy in Radio Frequency Identity Documents [ Source: Texas Instruments ]

January 2008- This paper describes privacy concerns being voiced today regarding the use of contactless technologies in identity documents, the differences between RFID and contactless smart card systems and the methods available in each of these systems to protect privacy. A companion paper addresses the security issues in identity documents. The paper concludes with privacy recommendations for how contactless technologies should be used in ID documents.

RFID Technology Simplifies Distribution [ Source: GAO RFID ]

January 2008- There are many applications for how RFID systems help manufacturers and warehouse operations; these applications can be as unique as the enterprise they help. However, there are some common areas in these industries related to their logistics of getting the finished product to the customer or to another distribution center. Bottlenecking of the goods at the shipping door has implications on the costs to ship goods, lowers revenues when there are fewer shipped goods to ...

Towards Traceability Across Sovereign, Distributed RFID Databases [ Source: IBM ]

January 2008- This paper published by IBM describes the tracking and tracing individual items is a new and emerging trend in many industries. Driven by maturing technologies such as Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) and upcoming standards such as the Electronic Product Code (EPC), a rapidly increasing number of enterprises are collecting vast amounts of tracking data. To enable traceability over the entire life-cycle of items data has to be shared across independent and possibly competing enterprises. The need ...

12 Basic Steps for DoD RFID Compliance [ Source: Paxar ]

January 2008- As a supplier to the DoD, a person may need to comply with the DoD passive RFID mandate. How can a person sort through the myriad options to meet compliance? How can a person comply with minimal cost and effort? How does he or she make sure that the RFID solution is going to work? This paper published by Paxar Americas simplifies the process required to comply with the DoD mandate and provide a common-sense ...

Work in Progress Monitoring Using RFID [ Source: GAO RFID ]

January 2008- The ability of any enterprise to effectively monitor its manufacturing facility and ""Work in progress"" has been an elusive or costly endeavor. However, with the introduction of RFID technologies and its application to the manufacturing process such initiatives are now well within reach. RFID by its very nature has the ability to read tags or labels over distances and multiple or batches simultaneously. Other RFID initiatives provide the ability to write data to a tag ...

Business RFID Strategy [ Source: GAO RFID ]

January 2008- An RFID strategy provides an outline to use the technology aligned with an enterprise’s strategic visions and goals. A business that strives to be a model of efficiency could use RFID to streamline the operations is a typical example. The RFID strategy is applicable whether big or small business because RFID is going to be found anywhere in the near future. An uniform strategy is not going to work generally that means the businesses ...

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