- RFID to ERP: The Land Between
By Bob Violino
The focus has been on tags and readers, but the middleware that processes data from RFID readers and passes it to enterprise systems is critical. Eric Ipsen looks at the trends and key vendors in this crucial area.
- Will Europe Embrace the EPC?
By Bob Violino
The Auto-ID Center's goal of creating a global network for tracking goods with RFID tags may hinge on Europe. EPC faces some special challenges in the region, but the technology appears to be gaining ground.
- Will Wal-Mart Order RFID Tagging?
By Bob Violino
Rumors are rife that Wal-Mart plans to require suppliers to tag pallets and cases by January 2005. RFID Journal reveals the truth about Wal-Mart's plans and its 12-year quest for affordable RFID.
- Understanding RFID Standards
Last week, the International Organization for Standard- ization took a major step forward on proposed RFID standards for supply chain applications. This guide explains why they are important to your company.
- Is This the Future of Retailing?
This month, Gillette begins testing smart shelves in Wal-Mart and Tesco stores. If the pilots prove that RFID can dramatically reduce out-of-stocks and thwart shoplifters, the technology could change stores forever.
- Sun Shines on Automatic-ID
Sun Microsystems was among the first high-tech manufacturers to see the value of ubiquitous RFID. Sun's Dirk Heyman talks about the benefits and the challenge of creating the needed infrastructure.
- The End of Counterfeiting?
Ravikanth Pappu is developing inexpensive plastic tokens that can be used to authenticate items. When combined with RFID tags, they could make it nearly impossible to sell forged goods.
- Taking RFID Beyond Identification
Prof. Ted Selker and his Context Aware Computing Group at MIT are using RFID to power sensors, transmitters and other microelectronic devices.
- Breakthrough on 1-Cent RFID Tag
Researchers at Infineon have found a way to create microchips on common packaging materials. One day, chips may be printed with commercial processes for less than a penny.
- RFID: The Investment Opportunity
The establishment of open, global standards for RFID will reduce equipment costs, spur adoption and create enormous investment opportunities.
- Auto-ID Center Ponders Patent Pool
A pool could reduce the risk of lawsuits slowing the adoption of its EPC system. But it’s not clear whether the RFID industry will go along.
- Libraries Adopt RFID By The Book
Four years ago, Rockefeller University Library became the first library to use RFID to track books. Dozens of others have followed suit. Do these systems pay off?
- RFID Sensors: From Battlefield Intelligence To Consumer Protection
The U.S. military is funding the development of low-cost RFID sensors to gather information about battlefield conditions. The same technology could one day tell you when food is spoiled or tainted.
- Sensors to Network the World
Intel is working with researchers at Berkeley to develop tiny sensors that can form ad hoc networks and provide feedback on the physical world.
- The Technologist-in-Chief
Sanjay Sarma, head of research at the Auto-ID Center, is leading the effort to create an, open global network for tracking products using low-cost RFID tags.