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  • Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) Design Control & Real-Time (Web) Distributed RFID Location Through Intelligent Software
    Published August 2014
    Transitioning ideas into reality by using CAD-based RFID infrastructure modeling, with a real-time RFID optimization measuring and testing engine, allows users to integrate business intelligence into asset-tracking interaction processes with close-loop predictive analytics automation. Proximus Software Systems explains how businesses can benefit from implementing CAD-based RFID asset-tracking software. (12 pages)
  • Host Card Emulation (HCE) 101
    Published August 2014
    Host card emulation is one of the most talked-about mobile innovations today, offering solution providers a new architecture for implementing convenient mobile Near Field Communication-based solutions. But how does the new architecture impact application security? The Smart Card Alliance considers HCE and NFC opportunities and security considerations in this new white paper. (32 pages)
  • Considering RFID Technology for Your Next Event?
    Published July 2014
    There are several key questions to consider when evaluating the integration of RFID technology for an event: How will customers react? What will it cost? What are the risks? Intellitix provides a framework for the decision-making process. This document outlines what companies need to know, and how they can make the most of their investment in RFID technology at their next event. (8 pages)
  • One Network: A Billion Dreams
    Published June 2014
    The success of the Internet and the World Wide Web has resulted in a variety of fixed and mobile computing devices being connected, and efficient wireless communication has, therefore, become of critical importance. This first Internet/mobile revolution changed the world profoundly, but Sigfox explains how the next disruptive development—in which the majority of data traffic will be generated by things rather than by human initiation—has the potential to change it even more. (17 pages)
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 101: A Technology Primer With Example Use Cases
    Published June 2014
    This white paper, developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council, defines BLE technology, including key features that can benefit businesses and consumers, and the BLE ecosystem. The document explores BLE's origins and design principles, as well as applications to which it can respond. BLE is discussed in the context of merchant-, venue- and transportation-oriented applications. Example use cases illustrate category-specific issues, and are included to stimulate thought on how to overcome constraints and explore new applications. (32 pages)
  • Understanding the Control Information on EPC Gen 2 Tags
    Published March 2014
    Ram Kishore Chennamsetty, an RFID consultant with Autoplant Systems India Pvt. Ltd., explains the control information in EPC Gen 2 RFID tags that plays a major role in communicating with data-capture applications. (10 pages)
  • 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)
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