RFID: Radio Frequency Identification by Steven ShepardRFID: Radio Frequency Identification by Steven Shepard

RFID: Radio Frequency Identification

bySteven Shepard

Hardcover | September 6, 2004

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With estimates of the market as high as $10 billion over the next decade, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a booming new wireless technology being adapted by retailers to track inventories via a microchip tagged product. This book is a basic introduction, walking readers through the complete implementation and monitoring process, and offers in-depth coverage of related business and security issues.

Contents: Defining RFID * Underlying Technologies * Technological Competitors * Current RFID Applications * Future RFID Applications * RFID/WiFi/3G/Bluetooth Coexistence * Implementations * Potential Roadblocks * RFID Security * RFID Chips, Readers, and Application Sets * Short and Long Term Forecasts

Steven Shepard is a professional writer and educator who specializes in international telecommunications. Formerly with Hill Associates, now president of Shepard Communications Group, he is the author of a number of well-received technical books including Telecom Crash Course, Telecom Convergence, SONET/SDH Demystified, and Optical Net...
Title:RFID: Radio Frequency IdentificationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6.2 × 0.94 inPublished:September 6, 2004Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071442995

ISBN - 13:9780071442992

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Table of Contents


Supply Chains: A Brief Overview

The ServicePlus Story

The History of Barcodes

The 1790 Census

From Census . . . to Groceries

Tracking the Railroads

Back to Groceries

Barcodes . . . Up Close and Personal

Encoding Details

Digit Encoding in UPC A

UPC Version E

The Application Identifier

Beyond Groceries


RFID History

Pre-RFID: The Arrival of Radar

First Deployments: Chain Home Radar

Post-Radar Development Efforts

The First RFID Tag: Mario Cardullo

Later Developments

In Summary


Typical RFID System Components


Passive vs. Active Transponders

Operating Frequencies

Frequency Attributes

Form Factors

Smart Cards

Close-Coupling Smart Cards

A Brief Aside: Inductive vs. Capacitive Coupling

Proximity-Coupling Smart Cards

Part 1: Physical Device Parameters

Part 2: RF Characteristics

Part 3: Initialization and Collision Control

Manchester Encoding

Transponder Selection

Collision Management in Action

The REQB Frame

The ATQB Frame

Slotted Aloha: How It Works

The Air Interface: Data Communications Protocols

Initiating Data Transmission

Application Protocol Support

Layer by Layer

Layer Seven: The Application Layer

Layer Six: The Presentation Layer

Layer Five: The Session Layer

Layer Four: The Transport Layer

Layer Three: The Network Layer

Layer Two: The Data Link Layer

Layer One: The Physical Layer

OSI Summary 107

The OSI Model and the RFID Interface

Vicinity-Coupling Smart Cards

ISO 15693 Part One: Physical Device Characteristics

ISO 15693 Part Two: RF Power, Data Transfer, and FrameStructures

Data Transfer: Downstream, Reader to Card

Data Transfer: Upstream, Card to Reader

A Brief Aside: RFID Readers

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

The ERP Process


RFID Security Considerations

Key Security Considerations

Privacy Concerns

Editorial Reviews

I hate to say this, because it sounds so hokey in a book review, but this is one book I couldn't put down. Well obviously I could put it down, and I did. But I didn't until after I had read the first 54 pages, Part I of the book. Part I of this book talks about some applications of RFID that is stretching the limits of the technology as it exists today. He gives a series of examples of how RFID might be used in the future, along with a history of machine identification in the past. Perhaps my interest comes from the years I worked in that area. But that was some time ago, and RFID was just beginning. Now I see the applications he describes and immediately I think of several others. This kind of overview of where we are trying to go is rare in a technical book, and greatly appreciated. Part II of the book is a description of the current state of the art in RFID. Here is a detailed description of who makes what that you can use to implement what was thought about in Part I. He finally concludes with a short what-if story about a suspect container on a ship headed to an American port. This is straight out of not the headlines, but the comments made by John Kerry during the debates. This is a technology that is coming, that is needed.