Fast-Track RFID Deployment Training

This advanced, one-day Fast-Track skill camp, featuring the latest equipment and relevant scenarios, provides a solid foundation to design, install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot an RFID deployment for small and medium-sized business and enterprise installations.

The course, a combination of lectures and hands-on lab exercises, provides a functional understanding of the use of RFID readers, tags, printers and GPIO devices. Participants will develop a working understanding of proven troubleshooting methodologies, based on best practices, industry-proven processes and the instructor's practical experiences.

After a brief technical overview of RFID concepts related to the design and deployment of RFID solutions, attendees will learn how to identify the key architectural components necessary to deploy a scalable RFID solution. The instructor will also explain how to use various tools and techniques to design and manage the entire deployment process. Also included will be deployment design concepts intended to ensure that a deployment is flexible (to accommodate changes) and scalable (to address future growth).

Students will learn how to configure RFID hardware in order to maximize functionality. This includes setting specific RFID reader parameters, antenna deployment, read-zone optimization and dwell-time calculations. RFID tag characteristics and factors affecting tag read performance will also be covered.

Class participants will receive hands-on experience with the latest RFID hardware, using RFID4U's application software built on Microsoft's BizTalk RFID platform.

Agenda, Apr. 8, 2014

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM  to 9:00 AM

RF Physics Recap

9:00 AM  to 10:00 AM

Site Inspection and Workflow Planning

10:00 AM  to 10:15 QM

Break

10:15 AM  to 12:00 PM

RFID System Optimization

12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM  to 2:15 PM

RFID System Optimization Continued

2:15 PM  to 4:45 PM

Testing and Troubleshooting

Outline

RF Physics Recap

  • RF propagation and communication techniques
  • Antenna field performance and characteristics related to reflective and absorptive materials
  • Radiated power output from an antenna, based on antenna gains, cable type, cable length and interrogator transmit power

Site Inspection and Workflow Planning

  • Antenna location, type and spacing
  • How many antennas?
  • How many readers—handheld, fixed, mobile or embedded?
  • Printers—fixed or mobile
  • Tags—inlays, metal-mount, hang-tags and labels
  • GPIO—light stacks, alarms, electric eyes and more
  • How to communicate from readers to the control computer?

RFID System Optimization

  • Architecture choices
  • Tag data format
  • Tag memory capacity
  • Embedded versus hosted programming
  • Correctly configuring RFID hardware for various scenarios (readers—fixed, mobile or handheld; antennas, printers, GPIOs)
  • Data transfer speed
  • Operating range
  • Multiple-tags-in-field capability
  • RFID system connectivity

Testing and Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshoot RF interrogation zones
    • Analyze less-than-required read rate
    • Identify improperly tagged items
    • Diagnose hardware
    • Recognize need for firmware upgrades
    • Equipment replacement procedures (such as antennas, cables and interrogators)
  • Identify reasons for tag failure
    • Failed tag management
    • ESD issues
    • Given a scenario, contrast actual tag data to expected tag data

Prerequisites

This is an advanced course. Participants should already possess certain prerequisite skills, which can be gained from completing the foundational RFID courses available from RFID4U, or through work experience. The participant should have a working knowledge of:

  • RFID fundamentals
  • EPC standards
  • Tag knowledge
  • RFID reader (interrogator) interfaces
  • Current RFID market awareness

These prerequisites are important! Participants arriving without them will probably achieve less than optimal progress during the training.

About RFID4U

RFID4U, established in March 1999, is an SBA 8(a)–certified, vendor-agnostic RFID implementation and software development company providing RFID solutions, consulting, training and services, working globally with commercial and government organizations. Clients include DHS, DLA, NSA, NIST, NIH, the Bureau of Census, Northrop Grumman, Unisys, Harris Corp., Lockheed Martin, IBM, HP, Dole Foods and many others. RFID4U's products and services improve business processes for which identification, authentication and automation are key concerns. RFID4U adds value to organizations by way of improved labor efficiency, better inventory management across the supply chain, increased product integrity and reduced shrinkage.