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  • An Introduction to RFID Technology
    Published February 2012
    Fritz Esker, a contributing writer for KioskMarketplace.com, outlines how radio frequency identification works, applications for the technology and how it can be integrated with existing systems. (3 pages)
  • Advances in Travel Technology
    Published February 2012
    The factors impacting travelers' behavior are becoming increasingly complex, and it's difficult to know which specific technologies enable the best combination for a positive experience for consumers, as well as profit for travel companies. This white paper, written by Freeborders' Shrikant Jaiswal, discusses how travel companies are utilizing RFID and other technologies for strategic advantage. (20 pages)
  • Getting a Read on Embedded UHF RFID: Why Reader Modules Are the Smart Choice for Developing Next-Generation Solutions
    Published February 2012
    As ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification technology grows more mature and is becoming ubiquitous, it is being deployed in many new industries, with applications in such sectors as health care, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, automotive and general manufacturing. This white paper, from ThingMagic, offers several key examples of how RFID readers are being embedded into equipment, examines the pros and cons of each option, and discusses how embedded UHF RFID is creating new applications that are expected to drive rapid growth. (7 pages)
  • Applications and Theory of Dielectric Materials in RF/Microwave Systems
    Published January 2012
    Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products explores the microscopic basis of dielectrics at the atomic level, and the basis of dielectrics using Maxwell's equations (a set of partial differential equations forming the foundation of classical electrodynamics, classical optics and electric circuits, which underlie modern electrical and communications technologies). This white paper includes theory and equations governing RF and microwave interactions with dielectrics, as well as a survey of dielectric applications and forms, and test methods. (11 pages)
  • Basics in RFID
    Published January 2012
    SATO America describes the basic components of a radio frequency identification system, and explores the technology, applications and competitive advantages of RFID technology, as well as its uses for automatic identification and data collection (AIDC). (8 pages)
  • Art of Comparing RFID Reader Power Outputs
    Published October 2011
    Nordic ID's Toni Heijari explains what different RFID readers' radiating power figures mean, how to compare figures for various formats and how each can be used. (4 pages)
  • 9 Key Points of Differentiation: Comparing Intelleflex XC3 Technology and Active RFID
    Published September 2011
    The approval of the ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 standard defined a new category of RFID technology—battery-assisted passive (BAP)—that provides improved visibility and enables additional applications, combining features of both passive and active RFID. In this document, Intelleflex highlights the benefits and points of differentiation that this new technology provides compared with other active RFID technologies. (4 pages)
  • A Breakthrough in RFID Industrial Parking Management
    Published September 2011
    Vizbee's Yedidia Blonder explains his company's Industrial Parking Management System (VIPMS), which combines passive RFID tags and intelligent handheld readers to improve car-retrieval times. The solution utilizes embedded software to synchronize in real time with a central server, thereby diminishing the potential for human error. (2 pages)
  • Split-Ring Resonator-Based Chipless RFID Tags
    Published July 2011
    Madhavan R. Sriram and S. Dinesh Dass, of Thiagarajar College of Engineering, in Madurai, India, discuss a new process for producing RFID tags that is designed to lower manufacturing costs. This white paper, which includes laboratory simulation results, deals with the implementation of chipless tags using Split Ring Resonators, enabling the tags to be tuned at multiple frequencies over a selected band, which the company hopes could potentially replace passive RFID.
  • Innovative Bar-Code and RFID Printing Solutions for SAP Users
    Published May 2011
    Producing bar-code and RFID output from SAP applications has traditionally proved challenging. The specialized, rugged printers used for printing bar-code and RFID labels on production lines, in warehouses, at shipping docks and in other industrial environments utilize different command languages than office printers supported by legacy SAP software, and IT departments often depend on middleware or printer-specific scripts to enable a printer to recognize SAP output. This white paper outlines solutions from SAP and Zebra Technologies designed to provide a seamless environment for creating complex bar-code and RFID labels for a wide range of business applications. (8 pages)
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