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CompTIA RFID+ Training and Certification

As part of RFID Journal LIVE! 2010, we are offering a fast-track CompTIA RFID+ training & certification preparation course, in partnership with RFID4U, a leading provider of RFID training courses. RFID+ is a vendor-neutral professional certification that validates a professional's knowledge and skills in the areas of installation, maintenance, repair and upkeep of RFID systems. The fast-track course offered at RFID Journal LIVE! is an accelerated learning experience that will prepare you for the CompTIA RFID+ training and certification test.
CompTIA RFID+ Training & Certification Preparation Course
The course provides one day of intensive instructor-led training using state-of-the-art RFID equipment (April 14), and includes the RFID+ Certification Exam* on April 15 or April 16. Attendees unable to take the exam during the conference and exhibition will receive a voucher allowing them to take the exam at a later date.   
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RFID+ Practice Tests CD-ROM
All attendees will receive a CD-ROM with RFID+ practice tests from RFID4U. This valuable study aid will help you prepare for RFID+ certification. Included in the licensed product version will be over 300 practice questions with explanations covering the CompTIA RFID+ exam. Software features will include practice/testing modes, test scoring and review.
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CompTIA RFID+ Certification Training Agenda

April 14
Training
April 15
Testing slots
April 16
Testing slots
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Breakfast
6:30 am - 8:30 am
Testing Slot 1

 

6:30 am - 8:30 am
Testing Slot 4
8:00 am - 9:00 am
RF Physics
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Standards and Regulations
   
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
RFID Hardware: tags, readers, peripherals
 
  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Testing Slot 2
11:50 am - 1:50 pm
Testing Slot 5
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch




3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Testing Slot 3 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Design Selection
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm with 15min break
RFID Field Deployment: Site analysis, installation, testing, troubleshooting
*RFID+ exam testing subject to availability of certification from CompTIA. Participants who want to take certification exam onsite will have an opportunity to register for one of the available slots each day on April 15 or 16.

CompTIA RFID+ Training and Certification

8:00 am – 9:00 am
RF Physics
This session helps understand the factors affecting the performance of an RFID system, implementers need to comprehend the nature and behavior of radio waves. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for RF Physics:

  • Identify RF propagation/communication techniques
  • Describe antenna field performance/characteristics related to reflective and absorptive materials
  • Given a scenario, calculate radiated power output from antenna based on antenna gains, cable type, cable length and interrogator transmit power

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Standards & Regulations
This session discusses various standards and regulations that influence the design and use of RFID systems. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Standards and Regulations:

  • Given a scenario, map user requirements to standards
    • Regulations/standards that impact the design of a particular RFID solution
  • Identify the differences between air interface protocols and tag data formats
  • Recognize regulatory requirements globally, as well as by region
  • Recognize safety regulations/issues regarding human exposure

10:15 am – 12:15 pm
RFID Hardware: Tags, Readers and Peripherals

Part A: RFID Tags
This session explains the RFID tag’s components and subassemblies, types of tags and the reason for having various tag types, different tag performance parameters and tag selection criteria. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Tag Knowledge:

  • Classify tag types
    • Select the RFID tag best suited for a specific use case
      • Pros and cons of tag types
      • Tag performance
    • Tag antenna to region/frequency
    • Identify inductively coupled tags vs. back-scatter
    • Identify the differences between active and passive
    • Given a scenario, select an item's optimal placement locations for an RFID tag:
    • Evaluate media and adhesive selection for tags
    • Tag orientation and location
      • Tag stacking (shadowing)
    • Package contents
    • Packaging
      • Items
      • Tags
      • Labels
      • Inserts
    • Liquids
    • Metal
    • Polarization

Part B: Interrogation (Read) Zone Basics
This session helps understand the various types of RFID interrogators (readers), their components and the functionality of RFID interrogators. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Interrogation Zone Basics:

  • Describe interrogator functionality
    • I/O capability
    • Handheld interrogators
    • Vehicle-mount interrogator
    • LAN/Serial communications
    • Firmware upgrades
    • Software operation (GUIs)
  • Describe configuration of interrogation zones
    • Explain interrogator-to-interrogator interference
    • Optimization
    • System performance and tuning
    • Travel speed and direction
    • Bi-static / monostatic antennas
  • Define anti-collision protocols (e.g., number of tags in the field/response time)
  • Given a scenario, solve dense interrogator environment issues (domestic/international)
    • Understand how a dense interrogator installation will affect network traffic
    • Installation of multiple interrogators, (e.g., dock doors, synchronization of multiple interrogators and antenna footprints)

Part C: RFID Peripherals
Every RFID implementation needs peripheral devices, such as RFID-enabled printers; RFID-based automated label applicators (also known as "print-and–apply" devices); feedback systems, such as light stacks, horns, LED lights or LCD displays; and triggering devices, such as light break sensors. These devices enhance the capabilities of an RFID system, control I/O devices and system timing functions, and provide on/off capabilities for various business applications. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for RFID Peripherals:

  • Describe installation and configuration of RFID printer
  • Describe ancillary devices/concepts
    • RFID printer encoder
    • Automated label applicator
    • Feedback systems (e.g., lights, horns)
    • RTLS

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Design Selection
System design is a very critical part of any RFID implementation, because without the right design and the proper hardware and software, the implemented RFID system might not function properly. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Design Selection:

  • Given a scenario, predict the performance of a given frequency and power (active/passive) related to read distance, write distance, tag response time and storage capacity
  • Summarize how hardware selection affects performance
    • Antenna type
    • Equipment mounting and protection
    • Cable length/loss
    • Interference considerations
    • Tag type (e.g., active/passive and frequency)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
RFID Field Deployment: Site Analysis, Installation, Testing, Troubleshooting

Part A: Site Analysis
This session focuses on a site survey, discusses the planning that goes into the site survey, highlights various aspects that should be examined when performing the site analysis (such as site anomalies) and provides pointers regarding how to generate the site survey report. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Site Analysis:

  • Given a scenario, demonstrate how to read blueprints
  • Determine sources of interference
    • Use analysis equipment such as a spectrum analyzer to determine if there is any ambient noise in the frequency range that may conflict with the RFID system to be installed
  • Given a scenario, analyze environmental conditions end to end

Part B: RFID Installations
This session discusses installation techniques for successful RFID implementations, including antenna installation, portal performance and design, conveyor portal design, electrostatic discharge (ESD), grounding and cable issues, pre-installation decisions, routine installation procedures and post-installation checks. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Installation:

  • Given a scenario, describe hardware installation using industry-standard practices
    • Identify grounding considerations (e.g., lightning, ground loops and electrostatic discharge)
    • Test installed equipment and connections (pre-install and post-install)
  • Given a scenario, interpret a site diagram created by an RFID architect describing interrogation zone locations, cable drops and device mounting locations

Part C: Testing and Troubleshooting
This session discusses obstacles to RFID system implementations, RF field issues and variables affecting the ability to read tags consistently (such as interference), the tagged material’s impact on tag performance and tag placement. Troubleshooting methods and solutions for slow reads, no reads and missed reads are further discussed. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Testing and Troubleshooting:

  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot RF interrogation zones (e.g., root-cause analysis)
    • Analyze less-than-required read rate
    • Identify improperly tagged items
    • Diagnose hardware
    • Recognize need for firmware upgrades
    • Equipment replacement procedures (e.g., antenna, cable and interrogator)
  • Identify reasons for tag failure
    • Failed tag management
    • ESD issues
  • Given a scenario, contrast actual tag data to expected tag data
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Prerequisites
Participants should already possess certain prerequisite skills, which can be gained from completing the foundational RFID courses available with RFID4U or through work experience. The participant should have a working knowledge of:

Spacer Basic RF fundamentals
  Various types of Tags
  Readers (interrogators)
  Standards
  Current RFID market awareness


These prerequisites are important! Participants arriving without them will probably achieve less than optimal progress in the training and be unlikely to pass the certification exam.

Price:
Bundle price includes one-day course, training material, practice test CD-ROM and onsite exam or voucher.

CompTIA RFID+ Training & Certification
+ Conference Pass (April 14-16)
CompTIA RFID+ training and certification, plus all main conference benefits.
  • CompTIA RFID+ certification fast-track training on April 14
  • Certification testing April 15-16 or Certification Voucher (a $258 value)
  • Certification preparation handbook
  • CD Rom of CompTIA RFID+ practice tests (over 300 practice questions)
  • Lunch on April 14
  • Opening keynote and reception on April 14
  • Keynotes and general sessions on April 15-16
  • Track Presentations on April 15-16
  • Exhibit hall access on April 15-16
  • All meal functions and breaks on April 15-16

This pass does not include access to any of the RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars on April 14, the IEEE RFID 2010 Conference on April 14-15, the Auto-ID Conference on April 14, the Aerospace RFID Summit on April 14, or the NFC Workshop on April 14.

Early Registration
thru 1/22/10
Advance Registration
1/23/10 - 3/5/10
Regular Registration
3/6/10 - 4/9/10
On-Site Registration
after 4/9/10

$1,899

$1,999

$2,199

$2,399



RFID4U's Guarantee
RFID4U guarantees that you will obtain your RFID+ certification. If you finish the RFID4U preparation training without the certification, you can attend a future RFID4U training within a period of one year, at no additional cost. To attend a future training, simply retain your courseware. You will only need to pay for meals, test vouchers and travel cost if applicable. Participants who want to take the certification exam on site will have an opportunity to register for one of the available slots April 15 and April 16.


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About RFID4U: RFID4U, a division of eSmart Source, Inc., is a worldwide leader in vendor neutral RFID learning solutions. The company has assembled a full complement of products and services to help RFID implementers align technology with business objectives. A pioneer in RFID learning, RFID4U has maintained a steadfast focus on developing a robust and highly acclaimed catalog of RFID courses. It also offer a training implementation program customized to fit your organizations needs.




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