Each month, RFID Journal receives numerous white paper submissions from outside experts. We read each paper carefully and select the most informative articles. Please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of facts or claims in these papers.
- Jump-Starting RFID/EPC
Published September 2004
From October 2003 to September 2004, a group of retailers, distributors and manufacturers in the pharmaceutical industry worked together to design, test, implemented, and verify a complete RFID supply chain solution. The principal objectives were to assess whether RFID/EPC could be used to help create a safe and secure supply chain, streamline reverse logistics, and increase the accuracy and efficiency of distribution and pharmacy operations. This white paper is the executive summary of the group's report on the results of the project.
- Investments in RFID: A Real Options Approach
Published July 2004
Milind Patil of Patni Corp. reviews the financial and business logic behind investing in RFID. The white paper argues that the dominant form of financial analysis, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) and Net Present Value (NPV) calculations, are too limited a basis on which to make RFID investment decisions.
- RFID Tags and Privacy
Published June 2004
Originally published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, this article by Jim Harper, a Washington, D.C., lawyer, explains the privacy concerns surrounding RFID and why market forces will resolve them.
- Quantitative Analysis of the Effect of Retail and Governmental Supply Chain Directives on the RFID Market
Published June 2004
This white paper, written by graduate student Diane Marie Ward, looks at the state of the RFID vendor and manufacturing market. A survey as part of the research reveals the influence of the R&D teams at MIT's Auto-ID Center figure as prominently in the development of the technology as the results of on-site warehouse tests and feedback to equipment manufacturers.
- Passive Radio Frequency Identification: Primer for New RF Regulations
Published November 2003
This white paper, written by Kevin Powell, senior director of product development at Matrics (now Symbol Technologies), outlines many of the issues related to the regulation of UHF RFID systems, including reader power output, bandwidth usage, channel width and duty cycles.
- Auto-ID Center Savant Specification
Published September 2003
This paper, published the Auto-ID Center, has the original specification for the Savant software that was designed to be the central nervous system of the EPC network.
- Security and Privacy in Radio Frequency Indentification Devices
Published May 2003
This white paper, submitted by Stephen August Weiss to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was written in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Science Degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RFID systems are a common and useful tool in manufacturing, supply chain management and retail inventory control. Due to advances in silicon manufacturing technology, RFID costs have dropped significantly. In the near future, low-cost RFID electronic product codes, or “smart-labels,” may be a practical replacement for optical bar codes on consumer items. However, the universal deployment of RFID devices in consumer items may expose new security and privacy risks not present in closed manufacturing environments. This thesis presents an introduction to RFID, identifies several threats to security and privacy and offers practical proposals for efficient security mechanisms, along with policy suggestions, open questions and areas of research.
- Security and Privacy in Radio-Frequency Identification Devices
Published May 2003
This thesis, written by Stephen August Weis, presents an introduction to RFID technology, identifies several potential
threats to security and privacy, and offers practical proposals for efficient security mechanisms. The author offers policy suggestions and discusses various open questions and areas of research.