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  • A Guide to Real-Time Locating Systems

    By Bob Violino

    RFID provides an automated way for companies to track, identify and protect assets and people.

  • Communication Breakdown

    By Ari Juels

    Not all EPC Gen 1 readers can be upgraded to handle EPC Gen 2's dense reader mode. Here's what you need to know.

  • Part 2: Understanding the EPC Gen 2 Protocol

    By Mark Roberti

    The second-generation UHF Electronic Product Code standard includes many enhancements on Gen 1. Part 2 of this special report explains the most significant improvements.

  • Part 1: Understanding the EPC Gen 2 Protocol

    By Mark Roberti

    The second-generation UHF Electronic Product Code standard offers significant improvements over Gen 1. In part 1 of this special report, we explain the new features in the air-interface protocol.

  • Part 3: RFID in Healthcare

    By Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah

    In the final part of this Special Report, authors Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah continue to make the case for a how their "micro-modular" approach can deliver a healthy return on investment.

  • Part 2: RFID in Healthcare

    By Bob Violino

    In the second part of this Special Report, authors Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah explain precisely how their "micro-modular" approach delivers a return on investment.

  • Part 1: RFID in Healthcare

    By Bob Violino

    Authors Brad Sokol and Sapan Shah's unique "micro-modular" approach to deploying RFID in the healthcare industry will lower inventory costs, increase asset visibility and maximize productivity.

  • Get Ready for Reality Online

    By Bob Violino

    RFID provides the foundation for a new way of doing business in which every product and asset has a digital counterpart.

  • Part 10: Where to Start Using RFID

    By Bob Violino

    Before companies deploy RFID across supply chains, they'll need to implement it internally. This installment of our Special Report looks at where retailers, distributors and manufacturers can find a quick return on investment.

  • Part 9: RFID and the IT Challenge

    By Bob Violino

    Companies must find ways to turn RFID data into useful information. This Special Report examines the challenges IT departments face in the short, medium and long term, as companies deploy RFID systems.

  • Part 8: Turbo-Charged Marketing

    RFID technology will give retailers a rich new vein of data to mine and create opportunities to do one-to-one marketing in the store. But building the IT systems needed to make it happen won't be easy.

  • Part 7: Transforming the Factory

    Manufacturers were among the earliest users of RFID. But the shift to open systems with benefits across the supply chain will have a huge effect on the way companies run their operations and work with suppliers and retailers.

  • Part 6: Improving Logistics

    When coupled with other wireless technologies, RFID can secure cargo, improve visibility and lower the cost of moving goods.

  • Part 5: Warehousing Efficiencies

    Squeezing inefficiencies out of the supply chain will mean turning transshipment points into engines of efficiencies. Here's how to do it step by step.

  • Part 4: The Importance of Vision

    Implementing a successful RFID system will take more than money – it will require vision. Savvy companies will develop a long-term strategy that they can implement step by step.

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