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RFID Sourcebook 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131851375
ISBN-10: 0131851373
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The realistic, no-hype guide to RFID evaluation, planning, and deployment

Approaching crucial decisions about Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology? This book will help you make choices that maximize the business value of RFID technology and minimize its risks. IBM's Sandip Lahiri, an experienced RFID solution architect, presents up-to-the-minute insight for evaluating RFID; defining optimal strategies, blueprints, and timetables; and deploying systems that deliver what they promise.

Drawing on his experience, Lahiri offers candid assessments of RFID's potential advantages, its technical capabilities and limitations, and its business process implications. He identifies pitfalls that have tripped up early adopters, and shows how to overcome or work around them. This must-have resource can also act as a reference guide to any nontechnical person who wants to know about the technology.

From building business cases to testing tags, this book shares powerful insights into virtually every issue you're likely to face. Coverage includes

  • RFID "reality check": getting beyond the hype and the counterreaction
  • Aligning RFID strategy with business strategy
  • Assessing applications, both prevalent and emerging
  • Identifying opportunities to use RFID beyond supply chain applications
  • Choosing between RFID and barcodes
  • Realistically assessing potential ROI, one step at a time
  • Designing solutions that leverage RFID's advantages while overcoming its performance limitations
  • Understanding business flows impacted by a potential RFID deployment
  • Defining realistic roadmaps and timelines
  • Addressing oft-neglected real-world issues, from tag validation through managing expectations
  • Dealing with standards

RFID Sourcebook will help you ask the tough the right applications...avoid costly more effectively with suppliers and partners...time your initiative...even find alternatives to RFID when that makes sense. Whatever your role in RFID strategy, planning, or execution, have Sandip Lahiri's experience and knowledge on your side: You'll dramatically improve your odds of success.

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About the Author

Sandip Lahiri is an RFID Solution Architect and Subject Matter Expert with IBM Global Services. He designed, developed, and taught IBM’s RFID training course for IBM Solutions Architects. He has wide, international experience in real-world RFID projects that involves leading solution design workshops, analyzing requirements, crafting architecture/design, and conducting implementation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131851373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131851375
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
RFID Sourcebook by Sandip Lahiri is a very well done title that you should investigate if you're starting to look into how RFID technology might be used in your organization...

Contents: Technology Overview; Advantages of the Technology; Limitations of the Technology; Application Areas; Privacy Concerns; RFID Versus Bar Code; The RFID Strategy; Creating Business Justification for RFID; Designing and Implementing an RFID Solution; Standards; Closing Thoughts; RFID Vendors, News Sources, and Conferences; Passive Tag Manufacturing Overview; Glossary; Index

I found this book to be the type that you could legitimately use in order to plan your company's approach to RFID. It's not a "rah rah" book that pretends that RFID is a panacea to all the manufacturing problems that exist. It's an even-handed coverage of the subject, and he doesn't have any qualms about covering the pros and cons that you'll have to consider if you use RFID. There's a degree of technical information in the book, but not so much that a higher-level decision maker would get bogged down in details. I guess I'd consider it more of a strategic book to make good fundamental initial decisions, and to get your project moving in the right direction early.

If RFID is something that your organization or industry is pursuing, grab this book to get grounded in the fundamentals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manish K. Agrawal on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
RFID is a technology that has the good fortune of being forced upon end users from major players like Walmart and the DOD. Soon therefore, many IT managers should expect to get involved in RFID assessment and deployments. Unfortunately however, much of the information about the technology comes from the marketing material put out by vendors. Though useful, such literature does not provide a complete picture of what it takes to successfully deploy RFID. That is where this book is handy. I think it offers one of the most balanced coverages of managerial and technical issues in any book I have read concerning any information technology.

The author's experience on the topic is evident throughout and the book is structured to guide the reader from an introduction to RFID to guidance in implementation. The first few chapters offer an overview of the technology, including frequency specifications and specifications of popular readers and sensors. To help answer some of the most frequently asked questions there are comparisons of RFID with Bar codes and a discussion on privacy issues, and many other issues.

Some of the most practical offerings of the book are the templates for all phases of an RFID implementation. There are templates for building the business case, creating use cases and the actual implementation. Though there is no substitute for experience, this book provides a sound footing for managers to prevent shooting in the dark.

I would have loved to see a description of a real case of a company implementing an RFID solution along with a discussion of the gotchas along the way. However, it is understandable that most companies are averse to providing such information for publication. Overall, this book is strongly recommended to any reader looking for a companion handbook on RFID.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan T. Kleinhans on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover

I was interested in reading this book because I intend on deploying a large-scale RFID solution in the future and wanted to enhance my knowledge on the technology. I figured this would be a good start since the author is an IBM RFID Solution Architect, and perhaps something he would state could disqualify my intentions.

"Learning more about the technology" is a very broad statement, and in my case covered just about everything from Frequencies and Business Applications to Public Scrutiny of the technology. Sandip does an excellent job of staying concise, unbiased and objective throughout this publication. Additionally, he provides insight as to why certain "sides" of public RFID critics/advocates may view things the way they do. The book mentions "getting beyond the hype" on the back cover, and Sandip does exactly that.

Sandip wrote:
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology uses radio waves to automatically identify physical objects (either living beings or inanimate items). Therefore, the range of objects identifiable using RFID includes virtually everything on this planet (and beyond). Thus, RFID is an example of automatic identification (Auto-ID) technology by which a physical object can be identified automatically. Other examples of Auto-ID include bar code, biometric (for example, using fingerprint and retina scan), voice identification, and optical character recognition (OCR) systems.

I come from an environment where my RFID hypothesis is already laid out; I just need additional information on the technology to ensure my deployment is a success.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moskowitz on July 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Radio frequency identification or RFID is not a new technology. The earliest US patent for a passive (no battery) RFID tag that I know of was issued in 1973. Others trace the beginnings of RFID to the use of radio transponders for aircraft identification in World War II. In recent years, RFID has become a pervasive technology; its use is widespread. The users do not often realize that they are using it. Examples include electronic toll collection, electronic credit cards like the Speedpass, employee access control, pet identification, and automobile immobilizers. These applications total tens of millions of users.

The recent interest in the subject of RFID has resulted from the implementation of passive tags for the tracking of pallets and cases in the retail supply chain. The numbers of tags that may be used here figures in the tens of billions per year. If the RFID industry can make the tags at a low enough cost, the potential for labelling individual items is around one trillion per year. No wonder this industry is experiencing explosive growth and the interest to go with it.

In this book, the author gives us a comprehensive introduction to the world of RFID. The presentation is quite clear, readable, and without technical jargon. It does not require a technical background. Details are kept at a high level. The author is careful to present the benefits and drawbacks to every technology discussed. Individual chapters include: Technology Overview, Advantages of the Technology, Limitations of the Technology, Privacy Concerns, RFID vs. Bar Code, Strategy, Business Justification, RFID Solutions, and Standards.

The book is named appropriately. This is a sourcebook. There are lists of standards, vendors, conferences, organizations and their web sites. This is the best book on RFID that I have read.
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