RFID: Opportunities and Challenges

RFID: Opportunities and Challenges

Tracking and tracing your assets, materials and products.

7 July 2005 (14-21)
Location: Sofitel Diegem (Diegem near Brussels (Belgium))
Presented in English
Price: 384 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)

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Full Programme:
Registration, Coffee/Tea and Croissants
(Edwin Birnbaum, CEO, Clarity Advisers)
  • Overview and short history of identification and tracking technologies
  • How does RFID relate to other technologies?
  • Strategic choices to be made
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How is RFID being leveraged?
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • Internal business case
  • External business case
  • What is unique about RFID ?
Technology (part I)
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • Type of tags:
    • Classes: active-passive; read-write versus read only
    • Frequency choice
  • Considerations for tag attachments
  • Type of Readers:
    • Fork lift truck based
    • Dock doors
    • Portals
    • Conveyor belt
    • Handheld, ...
  • Antenna's


Standards and regulations (part II)
(Edwin Birnbaum)

  • Standards: ISO versus EPCGlobal
  • Tag Protocol
  • Data content
  • Radio regulations by region
  • Health and safety
  • Regulatory Mandates (Pharmaceuticals, Shipping, ...)
  • Privacy issues
Software Solutions
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • Global Data Synchronisation
  • Generic Architecture
  • EPCGlobal architecture: Savant, ONS, PML
  • Integration with applications
Application Integration
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • What is Application Integration (in RFID context)?
  • Typical problems encountered.
  • The business case for Application Integration: what do you use the data for?
Case study: Packet delivery at Sernam
  • Sernam is the package delivery service of SNCF, the French railway company. Since February 2005, the company has replaced barcodes with RFID-labels in the packages delivered in the night service of the Paris region (about 60.000 packages per month). This project is the last operational test, before it will be rolled out to the entire SERNAM service in all 55 regional sites (14 million packages per year).
  • The project reduces package loss, and makes the service more reliable and transparent for customers. The case study explains how the project was set up, and how organisational and technical issues (battery lifetime, energy consumption of readers...) have been tackled.
Key lessons learned from previous implementations
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • Issues with
    • Suppliers
    • Tags
    • Readers
    • Software
    • Integration
    • Processes
Industry overview
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • User mandates and expected timing
  • Supplier overview: chips, tags, readers, software, integration, and consultants
Next steps
(Edwin Birnbaum)
  • Stages of a successful deployment
  • When to start
  • How to start
  • When to deploy
  • When is the right time to invest
Roundup of this seminar, Conclusions & Summary, Final Questions and Answers
End of this seminar
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