Educating Readers on the Benefits of RFID and the Internet of Things

By Rich Handley

White papers are a valuable source of information for those seeking to learn more about innovative technologies. Here are several recent papers we've added to our library.

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RFID Journal has long invited members of the academic, industrial and research communities, as well as vendors and other businesses, to submit white papers relevant to the fields of radio frequency identification (RFID) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics discussed in our white paper archive include supply chain, manufacturing, healthcare, retailing, security, asset tracking, privacy, standards and regulations, and more. The white papers we accept for publication are also spotlighted in our email newsletters to maximize exposure to our readers.

Rich HandleyRFID Journal’s goal is to help businesses improve their decision-making when it comes to RFID and other IoT technologies. White papers are an effective tool for concisely informing audiences about complex issues facing a particular industry or field of study, while providing the issuing body’s viewpoints and insights. They serve as a means of helping readers better comprehend and solve such issues. Companies publish these problem-solving guides to offer education regarding the common problems readers face, and to explain the available methodologies. Here are some recent white papers we’ve added to our archive:

From the Cloud to the Edge for Barcode and RFID Data Capture
KnarrTek traces the evolution of the BellHawk barcode and RFID job and materials-tracking system, from its early days using a client-server architecture to running at a remote data center in the cloud, to utilizing an Industrial Internet of Things edge-computing architecture. This document looks at each stage of the system’s evolution, the forces that drove change, the advantages and disadvantages of each architecture, and how it now employs a hybrid of cloud and edge computing.

Why Is the Inventory in My ERP System Always Wrong?
A critical role of enterprise resource planning systems is to track the quantity and value of inventory. This is required for accurate reporting on an organization’s balance sheet but is also critical because it often forms the collateral for bank loans, and any changes in inventory value need to tie out with the profit and loss statement. KnarrTek examines case studies for which inaccurate inventory impacted operations, describes common problems and considers a possible solution.

RFID and NFC Systems: Work Principles and Applications
This article, submitted by Integra Sources, explains the differences between RFID and NFC solutions, as well as the benefits of and varied applications for each technology. Topics covered include range, type of communication, data-transfer speed, data types, certification of RFID and NFC systems, application cases, and what to consider when choosing NFC and RFID tags.

Today’s Needs and Tomorrow’s Demands: Uncovering Enterprise Priorities for IoT Adoption
Although enterprises require a blend of different technologies to support their IoT solutions, the LoRaWAN protocol for low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) connectivity is poised to play a fundamental role in many enterprise-wide deployments. According to this white paper from Omdia and MachineQ, the complexities tied to the IoT are driving enterprises to seek simplicity, serviceability and scalability.

New Market Opportunities for Label Converters
The adoption of intelligent labels in new industries is creating additional opportunities for label converters. This white paper, produced by Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels in cooperation with RFID Journal, provides insights into where the biggest market opportunities are and how to seize them. The authors also provide additional resources that label converters can use to aid expansion into the RFID market.

Satellite-Based LoRa Unlocks Europe-wide IoT
There are numerous challenges to making the best use of the Internet of Things. A primary challenge is choosing the optimal network architecture. Issues affecting this choice include requirements to scale from thousands to millions of nodes, densely or sparsely populated unit distribution, fixed or mobile operations, and areas remote from terrestrial infrastructure. EchoStar Mobile explains how to choose and use IoT technologies, why LoRa supports wide IoT adoption, why satellite links offer flexible connectivity, and more.

Future of RFID-Nano Technology
Inventor Mario Cardullo received the first patent for passive read-write RFID technology. In this document, Cardullo explains how nano RFID computers (nanoscale RFID devices) represent a major change in the way many things could be done, fulfilling the promise of the Internet of Things. This paper presents recent developments in producing nano RFID tech, which will lead to a nano distributive meshed computer system. Such devices could prove to be a truly disruptive technology.

If your organization has a recent white paper related to RFID, NFC, BLE, RTLS, digital twins or other IoT-related technologies and you would like to add it to RFID Journal’s online library, feel free to email me at the link below. Simply send me a PDF of the white paper and briefly explain the issue the document explores. If it’s something we think would be useful to RFID Journal’s readership, we’d be happy to share it on our website and in our newsletters.

Rich Handley has been the managing editor of RFID Journal since 2005. Outside the RFID world, Rich has authored, edited or contributed to numerous books about pop culture. You can contact Rich via email.