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RFID Essentials (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)) 1st Edition

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The Information Age is over. We're entering an era where network connectivity is almost ubiquitous - it's participate or perish. -- Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

About the Author

Himanshu Bhatt heads the U.S. RFID Practice and Software Technology Lab for Sun Microsystems, Inc. Prior to assuming this role, Himanshu was responsible for business development and consulting in emerging areas of technology. Himanshu has over 16 years of experience in the architecture and development of distributed, multitier systems using a host of technologies for Fortune 1000 companies. Himanshu has spoken at industry conferences such as JavaOne and the LoneStar Symposium and has published articles on Java/J2EE technologies.

Bill Glover has been writing software since 1981 and has worked as a programmer, lead developer, or architect on systems of all sizes, from small, automated systems controlling dams and feedmills up to a complete redesign and reimplementation of one of the world's busiest travel web sites. Bill first worked with RFID in 1995, tracking individual cattle using ear tags. He is currently a Senior Java Architect with Sun Microsystems, Inc., and works with Sun's RFID consulting practice and the RFID Test Center.
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Product Details

  • Series: Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009441
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bill has, at various times, been paid to:

* Write software to control dams on the lower Colorado river
* Wash dishes
* Write software to manage offshore trust funds
* Dig ditches
* Wire together giant machines the size of buildings and program them to do his bidding
* Usher people into a movie theater
* Architect one of the largest travel websites in the world
* Wait tables
* Track shaving razors, tires, beer and kitchen appliances with radio frequency identification tags
* Play the saxophone
* Work for Sun Microsystems as their consultant to other companies on Java Architecture
* Measure cattle with ultrasound, scales, hydraulics and high speed cameras
* Be the Chief Architect for the largest airline software company in the world
* Count pencils
* Play with Linux code and write device drivers for high end video broadcast and editing equipment
* Write technical non-fiction, fantasy, science fiction and the occasional horror story

Bill lives in the mountains of Northern California where he attends many wine tastings, music festivals, fairs and farmer's markets and generally has an unreasonably good time.

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Wanting to get smarter about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), I welcomed the opportunity to read some new titles on the topic. I started reading the first of these, RFID Essentials by Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt (2006, O'Reilly, 276 Pages, ISBN 0596009445), not knowing what to expect. What I walked away with was not only a high level understanding of the technical aspects of RFID, but also an excellent discussion of the compliance, governance, privacy and security issues that surround its expanded growth and use. If there is a title that truly matches its content, this would be it.

The authors write that they undertook this book because there was no title like it on the market: a book that could target readers in between senior management and electrical engineers. As the child of an old-school software engineer with minimal knowledge on the topic, I was eager to accept this as their goal.

The book begins with an introduction to RFID. In doing this, they break down the use of the technology into distinct eras, with the compliance era being the current time frame. Tracking back to the post-war 1940's, they walk through an overview of how RFID came to be with the birth of transistors. Fast-forwarding to the compliance era, driven by vendors such as Wal-Mart, they seek to explain how most RFID-based activities meet up with traditional compliance projects, with the emphasis being on meeting requirements with the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). They then look at the "could be" as RFID-enabled enterprises come on line. They look at the various RFID application types, considerations for each of these types, and implementation of these types. They conclude this chapter wit an outline of the challenges, as well as some RFID adoption guidelines.
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Chapter Overview:

01. Introduction to RFID

02. RFID Architecture

03. Tags

04. Tag Protocols

05. Readers And Printers

06. Reader Protocols

07. RFID Middleware

08. RFID Information Service

09. Manageability

10. Privacy And Security

11. The Future

This book is a nice look at RFID technology. Where it's been, at, coming, and going. For anyone that wants to learn more about the details of RFID and why it's an important technology in today's world, pick up this book but beware this this isn't geared towards the average person on the street (technical).

**** RECOMMENDED
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An excellent book on RFID system architecture and design. Covers wide range of topics including tags, tag protocols, readers and printers, reader protocols and RFID middleware. The book has a chapter on RFID privacy related issues as well. Excellent overview of every aspect of RFID technology except field and antenna design. Best way to get yourself introduced to the growing field of RFID tags and get quick overview about every aspect of the technology.
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O'Reilly books tend to be informative and to the point. This book is no different. It's does exactly what the title says - provides you with the information essential to learn about RFID systems.

The authors explain the essential concepts of RFID systems starting with the physical layer and build on it. In a whirlwind fashion this book covers how tags work, how tags and reader communicate, how readers work, RFID middleware, data management, system manaegement and application intergration. The book does a remarkable job of explaining some of the more complex concepts like backscatter, tag encodings and event filtering. The concepts are then tied into architectural considerations and recommendations. RFID is a broad topic and this book offers something for everyone.

What I liked the most about this book is that it steers clear of the hype that seems to have surrounded the RFID market. Highly recommended!
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I've read several RFID books and this one is excellent. Good overview, plenty of detail, well organized and well written (i.e. readable).
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This is not a software API reference. This is a walkthrough of the architecture of RFID from the historical, through the hardware, and into the application of it. There is no code here, but there is a lot of great material on how RFID can be used within an application. A must read for anyone looking to use or deploy RFID.
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I found this book one of the top two books in the field of RFID; the othe rone being RFID+ by Dr. Paul Sanghera. This book offers a comprehensive coverage of the RFID topics. But if you are a beginner, you should read Dr. Sanghera's book befroe reading this one.

Excellent book; highly recommended.
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As I began to read this book, published in 2006, I was again reminded of an incident when one of Albert Einstein's colleagues at Princeton playfully chided him for asking the same questions every year on his final examination. "Quite true. Each year, the answers are different." The same can be true of the "essentials" on which Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt focus. They remain the same after almost a decade. Indeed, according to my Wiki source, they have been essentially the same since Mario Cardullo's device was patented on January 23, 1973, "the first true ancestor of modern RFID, as it was a passive radio transponder with memory. The initial device was passive, powered by the interrogating signal, and was demonstrated in 1971 to the New York Port Authority and other potential users and consisted of a transponder with 16 bit memory for use as a toll device. The basic Cardullo patent covers the use of RF, sound and light as transmission media." However, in recent years, the nature and extent of potential applications and consequent benefits have increased far beyond anything he could possibly have imagined.

As Glover and Bhatt explain, their book "is for developers who need to get that first RFID prototype out the door; systems architects who need to understand the major element6s in an RFID system; and project managers who need to divide work, set goals, and understand vendor proposals. [I presume to include residents of the C-suite who are called upon to allocate resources to proposed RFID initiatives.] Students and instructors should find enough detail here to use this book as a supplementary text for a study of RFID.
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