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.
- 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.
- EPC Class 1 Specification
Published November 2002
This Auto-ID Center document specifies the original radio frequency communication interface and reader command functionality requirements for an UHF EPC Class I RFID tag.
- Auto-ID Center Field Trial Report
Published September 2002
This Auto-ID Center paper describes the results of the initial phase of the center's field trials, in which pallets of goods were tracked from several manufacturing facilities to several retail distribution centers and stores. Reports on phases two and three were never published.
- Executive Briefing: Towards an Approach to Intellectual Property
Published August 2002
The open system concept is that common linking technologies should be available for use by everyone. Providing this availability requires such considerations as licenses, patents, copyrights and trademarks, or else the emerging competitive market for products and services compatible with an open system may be impaired or restricted. This question touches on a number of philosophical issues. Kevin Ashton's white paper summarizes these and other questions, but does not seek to address them or express an opinion.