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RFID Journal University

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McMaster RFID
Applications Lab


This preconference seminar has been our most popular preconference offering for five years. It is designed to provide those new to radio frequency identification with the foundational knowledge needed to begin understanding how RFID can be applied to solve specific business problems, to choose the right option for a specific application and to select the right vendors to achieve a successful outcome.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through All Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 27, 2009

10:30 am

RFID Journal University: RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems. The need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session also includes a very brief overview of the EPCglobal Network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC generation 2 standard, will be presented.

11:30 am

The Physics Behind RFID
Obtain a fundamental understanding of RFID hardware. We will cover the different frequency bands used: LF (125 KHz); HF (13.56 MHz); and UHF (860 to 960 MHz and 2.45 GHz). The instructor will explore the nature of RF fields and radio propagation, including the complex areas of null spots, reflections, polarization and other issues. By explaining many buzzwords common within the RFID community, we will give delegates the terminology they need to understand the technology, and to work with systems integrators and other RFID vendors.

Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab

12:15 pm

Legislation and Standardization
Legislation regarding the use of RFID varies around the world and is subject to almost constant on-going review. Standards will ensure compliance with legislation and also guarantee interoperability between RFID systems manufactured by different technology providers. This session will give an update on the latest developments by the legislative and standardization bodies around the world.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

1:00 pm


1:45 pm

Live Demo: RFID in the Real World
Theory is nice, but wait until you experience RFID in action and see its potential—as well as potential challenges you may encounter deploying the technology. Our live demonstration of a UHF RFID interrogator with a variety of products will highlight many of the real-world issues that arise when deploying RFID. We will demonstrate how antenna polarization and the presence of metal and liquids affect the ability to read a tag on products, and we will explain various approaches to alleviating problems reading tags on these products.

Kevin Donahue, Managing Director,Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab

2:30 pm

Real-World Considerations
We will discuss some of the important practical issues that must be considered when embarking on an RFID deployment. These range from the all-important cost of tags and interrogators to practical approaches to ensuring high operational reliability. Some example application areas will be presented in order to highlight how to apply these insights in the real world.

Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Building an RFID Business Case
Developing an RFID strategy and business case is the first step in understanding how this technology can develop high performance results. Your instructor will present various scenarios for RFID strategy and business case development, and provide an in-depth look at the components and output including:
• Data Gathering and Analysis
• Developing a Hypothesis
• Examining Current Technical Architecture
• Executing Cost Benefit Calculations
• Evaluating the Opportunities and Finding the Value
• Constructing an Implementation Plan

Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab

RFID Journal LIVE! 2009 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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