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A Thorough Hands On Process To Implement A Rfid System

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing Education - I

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12.146.1 - 12.146.9



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Ben Zoghi Texas A&M University

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Dr. Ben Zoghi is currently a Professor and Director of RFID/Sensor Lab in the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department at Texas A&M University. He has served the department as Industrial Distribution Program Coordinator, Executive Director of Thomas and Joan Read Center and Associate Department Head for Research since he joined Texas A&M in 1987. His research activities include RFID/Sensors and engineering leadership development. Dr. Zoghi is a senior member fo IEEE, meber of ASEE, TAP, TBP. He has over 100 educational and research publications.

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Ryan Beasley

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Dr. Ryan Beasley joined the EET/TET program at Texas A&M as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006
upon the completion of his PhD from Harvard. He has extensive experience in image processing, robotics, and control for medical applications.

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Wei Zhan Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Wei Zhan is an Assistant Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Zhan earned his D.Sc. in System Science from Washington University in 1991. From 1991 to 1995 he worked at University of California, San Diego and Wayne State University. From 1995 to 2006, he worked in the automotive industry as a system engineer. In 2006 He joined the Electronics Engineering Technology faculty at Texas A&M. His research activities include control system theory and applications to industry, system engineering, robust design, modeling, simulation, optimization, and RFID.

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Due to the Wal-mart initiatives there has been a wide uproar in the industry about RFID. As a result of this mad rush people are implementing RFID systems without truly understanding the benefits and negatives of the implementation. The industry tends to think that RFID is a solution to every enterprise problem today! That is clearly not true. RFID is not a solution; instead it is merely an enabling technology and needs to be understood clearly to get the maximum benefit. This paper aims at clearly defining the potential of RFID by clearing the myths and by laying out a procedure for entrepreneurs to implement their RFID systems.

Before we go deeper into the implementation, it is first important to understand what RFID is? The next section gives a brief description of the technology itself.


RFID technology is based on the simple idea that an electronic circuit or tag, self powered (using a battery) or powered intermittently through radiation from a distance, can transmit information in air that can be read by a reader located at a distance. These tags are nothing but plain antennae bonded to a silicon chip kept inside a plastic or glass case. Tags operate differently depending on the frequency of operation.

The various radio frequencies that are being used by Wireless systems are illustrated in Figure. 1. There are four dominant bands in which most modern day communication occurs. The first is the Low Frequency (LF) band which spans the area around 100KHz. It is followed by the High Frequency (HF) band in the 10 MHz area. The other frequencies are the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and the Microwave that are in the 900MHz and the 2GHz area respectively. UHF is used worldwide for cellular phones, while microwaves are used for Wifi, Bluetooth, and other recent broadband data communication systems.

Zoghi, B., & Beasley, R., & Zhan, W. (2007, June), A Thorough Hands On Process To Implement A Rfid System Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2024

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