Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is rapidly changing the
way businesses track inventory and assets. From Wal-Mart and Tesco to the
U.S. Department of Defense, early efforts are already showing benefits,
but software, integration, and data processing for RFID still present a
challenge. If you are a developer or an architect charged with
developing an RFID system, this book is for you. Drawing on extensive
experience, Bill Glover and Himanshu Bhatt provide you with essential
information on this emerging technology.
With the knowledge you gain in these pages, you will possess the
information and understanding you need to start designing, building, or
integrating with RFID systems.
In RFID Essentials you will find information on:
- Tags and tag protocols, including the Electronic Product Code (EPC)
- Readers and reader protocols
- RFID middleware
- Security and privacy
- Managing RFID devices
- RFID's impact on your architecture
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.
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.
"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.
"Unique competitive advantage erupts from enterprises that couple the
RFID technologies laid out in RFID Essentials with modern business integration using service-oriented architectures. This is the book to read in order to understand this new landscape."
--Mark Bauhaus, Senior Vice President, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"This is a must read for RFID Software and Solution architects and is
highly recommended for anyone needing to gain more insight into the myriad of components, standards and technologies that make up an RFID solutions environment."
--Bryan Tracey, Chief Architect, GlobeRanger Corporation
"The authors have done a commendable job of covering a lot of ground in
the RFID space, including the infrastructure needed to share the volumes of data RFID will likely generate."
--Graham Gillen, Senior Product Manager, VeriSign