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How Can I Learn About Radio Frequency Identification?
I am interested in software development for RFID inventory control, and have just completed a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. I am new to RFID. Is there a good kit for beginners? I would like something basic.
I would suggest you do some background reading to understand the different types of RFID technologies available. There are different frequencies, which behave differently, as well as passive, battery-assisted and active tags. The various types of RFID have specific strengths and limitations for different applications.
Once you understand what applications a passive high-frequency (HF) or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) reader might be used for, you can think about developing an application. There are software development kits (SDKs) for many readers available on the Web, particularly passive UHF models. For example, Alien Technology, CAEN RFID, Impinj and ThingMagic all offer software development kits (for more information about reader SDKs, see What Do I Need to Know When Buying an RFID Developer's Kit?).
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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