One-Day RFID Workshop - September 5, 2008 Hyatt Harborside, Boston

The RFID Workshop of DMS 2008 will be held at Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int'l Airport, Boston, USA, September 5, 2008. The hotel's website is at:

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"The competitive battles of the future will be won and lost in the supply, manufacturing and distribution networks, not in the front office, by companies that are highly adaptive and relentlessly efficient - all in real time." Dr. Hau Lee, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is the newest technology businesses use to track inventory and assets from the warehouse, manage inventory and watch over manufacturing and distribution networks. Today, many companies including Wal-Mart, Metro Group and Target have established compliance standards requiring vendors to adopt RFID. Military organizations, such as the United States Department of Defense (DoD), have also accelerated the adoption rate of RFID by requiring their suppliers to use RFID technology. Presently, these mandates and regulations that set the infrastructure for RFID have had an impact on over 700,000 companies.

RFID technology continues to expand into new markets including tracking, logistics, counterfeit protection, supply chain management, airport luggage, health care and silent commerce. As the RFID revolution gains momentum, large amounts of capital flow into this sector to facilitate greater commercial success for RFID technology. The largest, anticipated use of RFID technology within the next ten years is in tags used to track the movement of consumer product goods from the manufacturer to the point of sale. In 2008, it is estimated that about $4 billion worth of RFID tags, readers, hardware and software will be bought worldwide by various user organizations, to tag trillions of dollars worth of items.

In this One-Day RFID workshop attendees will be exposed to various aspects of RFID technology, including basic RFID concepts, practical applications for RFID, EPCglobal protocol standards, the role of commercial RFID Middleware and the manageability of an RFID system. Through carefully designed course modules, attendees will learn essential information from practical examples that are kept short and simple to best illustrate this emerging technology.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to learn about the basic concept, terminology, hardware and software of an RFID system are welcome to attend our Workshop. The workshop is also recommended for those who want to take the first step towards adopting RFID techniques used in the various areas of business.


Please bring your own laptops.

What will you learn?

Attendees will establish a basic understanding of:

When is our RFID Workshop?

September 5, 2008
Morning Session: 9:00am 12:00pm
Lunch Break: 12:00pm 1:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00pm 4:00pm

How much does it cost?

Early-bird Registration fee (received by June 15, 2008): $695
Normal Registration fee (received after June 15, 2008): $795

The registration fee includes coffee breaks.

Featured Instructor:

Yi-Hua "Falcon" Chu, Lecturer, Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School
Email: yhchu 'at'

Schedule of One-Day RFID Workshop

9:00 10:20am Basic RFID Concepts:
  • RFID Four Main Components
    • Basic Tag Capabilities
    • Physical Characteristics
    • Power Source
    • Air Interface
    • Information Storage and Processing Capacity
    • EPC Tag Architecture and Classes
    • Physical Components of an RFID Reader
    • Logical Components of an RFID Reader
    • Types of Readers
    • Layout for Readers and Antennas
  • Lab activities - Terminology basics
10:20 - 10:40am


10:40 - 12:00pm Practical Applications for RFID:
  • RFID Usage
  • Value proposition - Comparing RFID to the Bar Code
  • RFID Mandates
    • Physical Wal-Mart Mandate
    • DoD Mandate
12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00 2:00pm EPCglobal Protocol Standards:
  • EPC Basics
  • Global Data Synchronization (GDSN) and Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) Scheme Tied in with EPCglobal
  • Layers of the EPCglobal Reader Protocol
  • Lab activities - EPCglobal understanding
2:00 2:10pm Break
2:10 3:00pm The Role of Commercial RFID Middleware:
  • The Principal Components of RFID Middleware
  • Physical and Logical Reader Abstraction
  • Commercial RFID Middleware
  • Sun's Java System RFID Middleware 2.0
  • Lab activities - Middleware understanding
3:00 3:10pm Break
3:10 4:00pm The Manageability of RFID System:
  • The EPCglobal Network
  • The EPC Information Services
  • Edge Deployment for RFID
  • Supply chain, asset management and access control use cases
  • Q & A

Contact Information

Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School
3420 Main Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Tel: 847/679-3135
Fax: 847/679-3166
Email: dms "at"

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