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  • The ROI for RFID in Retail
    Published February 2014
    Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest and substantial growth in the use of radio frequency identification technology in the retail sector, with more than a billion tags used last year. ChainLink Research discusses several use cases driving this surge in RFID adoption. (12 pages)
  • Deploying Intelligent Work-in-Process Through RFID
    Published November 2013
    Entigral's L. Allen Bennett offers tips on how to identify the need for and then position an RFID-based solution for intelligent work-in-process (WIP). Bennett addresses aspects that plant managers should consider when designing, implementing and using RFID solutions: knowing the current process, its timing, its strengths and improvement needs; understanding the physics of RFID, as well as a facility's environmental conditions; and recognizing how to identify, minimize and handle exceptions. (5 pages)
  • Drive Value Across Your Supply Chain With Chip-Based RFID Serialization
    Published November 2013
    As major retailers deploy item-level RFID and require their suppliers to do the same, brand owners must find a low-cost, reliable way to implement serialization. Because this concept is new for most suppliers, it has the potential to disrupt existing packaging and labeling business processes, especially when the supply chain extends across geographical boundaries. Zebra Technologies explains why chip-based RFID serialization offers a simpler, more cost-effective solution for deploying item-level tagging (7 pages)
  • A Simpler Architecture: How to Stop a 2.4 GHz RF Link From Hopping Your MCU and Your Development Process
    Published November 2013
    In consumer and industrial applications, end users appreciate the convenience of cable-free connectivity, and the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band is often a suitable choice. Protocols of technologies such as Bluetooth or ZigBee are robust enough to overcome the interference that 2.4 GHz transceivers encounter, but these protocols are feature-rich, which means they are applicable to a wide range of applications, but are over-specified for simpler applications. What's more, the microcontroller (MCU), normally intended for other functions, must deal with the heavy overhead of running a large protocol software stack. To address these shortcomings, AMS' Prashant Dekate discusses a transceiver architecture that removes almost all processing overhead from the MCU and allows for an easy and quick implementation of the radio network. (6 pages)
  • Project Noah: When It Comes to the Crunch
    Published November 2013
    Fierce competition in the global market, the introduction of products with shorter life cycles and increasingly demanding consumers have forced organizations to focus attention on their supply chains and invest in new technologies to drive value for their business. A multiplicity of supply chain technologies can help achieve this goal, but usage remains low. This latest edition of GS1 Australia's Project Noah series explores why Australian businesses adopt different supply chain technologies, including radio frequency identification. (18 pages)
  • The Promise of RFID
    Published July 2013
    As RFID technology gains traction, the real-time determination of product availability and movement becomes possible, enabling dramatic improvements in operational efficiency, market response times, customer service and satisfaction, and profitability. Hewlett-Packard explains how users can capitalize on RFID's benefits and engage in the collaborative strategic planning necessary to leverage the technology throughout an organization. (4 pages)
  • Spatially Selective Antenna for Very Close-Proximity HF RFID Applications, Part 1
    Published May 2013
    Zebra Technologies' Boris Y. Tsirline provides background about RFID antenna-transponder interactions, and presents an antenna technique designed to achieve greater discrimination when reading multiple transponders. (18 pages)
  • UHF RFID Antennas for Printer-Encoders, Part 1: System Requirements
    Published May 2013
    In this first of a three-part series, Zebra Technologies' Boris Y. Tsirline presents a detailed overview of RFID encoder systems and the antenna solutions required for reliable writing to individual tags. (21 pages)
  • Physical Unclonable Functions: Protecting Next-Generation Smart-Card ICs With SRAM-based PUFs
    Published March 2013
    The use of smart-card ICs has become more widespread, expanding from historical banking and telecommunication applications to electronic passports, electronic IDs, anti-counterfeiting devices, smart-grid applications and more. The security requirements for most of these applications are crucial and evolving, and more sophisticated attacks are being developed daily. NXP Semiconductors summarizes the security challenges of using smart-card ICs, and describes how a technology known as Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) delivers comprehensive protection in current applications. PUF technology provides a secure method for storing a key and protecting against attacks. (8 pages)
  • Department of Defense and the Impact of the Internet of Things
    Published January 2013
    Dan Kimball, Rich Vossel, Don Ertel and Adebayo Onigbanjo, of the AIM Internet of Things committee, discuss how the DOD has helped to develop the Internet of Things for remote monitoring, accident prevention, maintenance support, facility utilities management and more. (4 pages)
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