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A Reading List for Tough Times

New books covering RFID promise to help readers navigate their enterprises through troubled economic waters.
By John Edwards
Jan 26, 2009—Radio frequency identification keeps pushing forward, even in today's highly challenging economic environment, embracing new technologies and expanding into fresh applications and deployments. The technology is helping adopters streamline operations and slash costs at a time when discovering new approaches to saving money and boosting customer service has become a high priority for most enterprises.

With many managers now reluctant to lavish funds on an outside consultant for advice, or to draw in-house staff members away from pressing work to conduct RFID research, a book offers a relatively inexpensive and simple way to learn how radio tracking and monitoring technologies can help save time, resources and money.

Here are four recently published titles that can help businesses discover the various ways in which RFID can be used as a recession-fighting tool. These volumes provide insight and advice on topics such as supply chain management, environmental monitoring and business-process optimization.

RFID Handbook: Applications, Technology, Security and Privacy
Edited by Syed Ahson and Mohammad Ilyas
689 pages
CRC Press, 2008

The current global recession is inspiring many enterprises to take a close look at RFID. Intrigued by the technology's potential to boost efficiencies and reduce costs in the supply chain, manufacturing processes, service functions and other critical business areas, many companies that once viewed RFID as either too expensive or experimental are now coming back to take another look.

Many enterprises considering an initial RFID deployment know little more about the technology than what they've read in articles or heard from colleagues. They want definitive answers regarding how RFID works, what it costs, how it can be applied to specific applications and, perhaps most importantly, the return on investment they can hope to achieve. A good place to begin would be with a copy of RFID Handbook, which provides as comprehensive an overview of RFID technologies, applications and processes as can be found anywhere.
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