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  • 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)
  • Data-Collection Solutions Are No Longer Optional
    Published August 2012
    This year, Supply Chain Services, with the support of Motorola Solutions, engaged industry publications DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly in conducting a survey of their readership regarding the current and future uses of automated data-collection solutions. A total of 131 companies across various industries responded to the technology-adoption survey, with manufacturing, wholesale distribution, warehousing and transportation, and retail companies most represented. This white paper examines the results. (11 pages)
  • Leveraging RFID to Improve Efficiencies, Control Costs and Grow Profits
    Published March 2012
    The pressures to control costs and grow profits during financially challenging times are forcing businesses to streamline operations, grow profits, manage expenses and improve customer service in order to remain viable in their highly competitive markets. A recent market-research study showed that managers in materials-handling environments are looking to key IT solutions to improve overall process efficiencies, better manage inventory and reduce costs. This white paper, presented by Zebra Technologies, Modern Materials Handling and the Peerless Media Research Group, discusses the survey's results and offers insights into how companies are leveraging RFID to improve their overall materials-handling operations. (11 pages)
  • Ensuring RFID's Bottom-Line Payoff
    Published February 2012
    SATO America's Robert Lanzendorf and Michael Beedles discuss why understanding the impact of data collection and tracking, as well as data integration, is essential to RFID optimization. (3 pages)
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