Getting a handle on the technology
Figuring out what you need to know
Knowing what to expect in the future
W ith all the recent hype over radio frequency identification (RFID) and the requirements to implement it, you might think that RFID can turn water into wine, transform lead into gold, and cure the world’s diseases. You might also be worried that RFID will enable Big Brother to track your movements to within a foot of your location from a satellite five hundred miles up in space. The truth is, RFID can do none of these things.
In this chapter, you find out the basics of what RFID is, what forces are driving RFID as a replacement for the bar code in the marketplace, and what benefits RFID can offer.
If you are responsible for complying with high-profile mandates from one of your suppliers or customers, this chapter also offers a framework to help you begin setting up a system and making it work within your existing business process. The bad news is that an RFID implementation is a daunting project even ...