UCLA-WINMEC RFID Hands On Workshop
January 25, 2005
  The UCLA-WINMEC Faculty, Researchers and graduate students gave presentations and there was active discussion. Interest in the RFID stemmed from the rapidly changing status of technology, standards, mandates and recent results of pilot studies. EPC Gen 2 was a topic of interest as was status of mandates, ROI of RFID investments and feasibility of UHF in the supply chain. The Previous Workshop (January 25, 2005) was attended by the following organizations – Siemens, Venturi Wireless, San Jose State University, Goodman Networks, Hughes Network Systems, GlobeRanger, Siemens Corporate Research, Intel, France Telecom R&D, Northrop Grumman, BEI, iHoo, Inc. Tata Infotech, ArtCenter College of Design, Qualcomm. See Photos here  

Current Activities

- WinRFID Middleware
- WinRFID Lab
- WinRFID Demos
- RFID SYSTEMS Course F'04
- RFID Hands on Workshop - Oct.25.05
- RFID Hands on Industry Forum - Oct.26.05


The June 7, 2005 Workshop:

UCLA's RFID Lab @ WINMEC presents a one day hands-on workshop on RFID application development on June 7, 2005. This hands-on workshop provides the attendees an opportunity to learn the basics and the potential of RFID in various application scenarios. Attendees get to experience a variety of RFID technologies and use the WinRFID middleware in conjunction with the existing RFID hardware in UCLA.

In the afternoon, the attendees will saw the following hands-on demonstrations of the WinRFID technology:

- Library Application – check in and check out of books from library using WinRFID.  
- Network Set up of multiple RFID Readers – software-based networking and management of multiple readers through a single console.  
- Asset Management – Management of tagged boxes for asset management  
- Simulated retail supply chain – Cartons tagged with UHF in combination with items tagged with HF were shipped from a mock factory to a warehouse and finally to a retail outlet.  
- ReWINS – Reconfigurable wireless interface for networking of sensors with RFID, Mote, WiFi and Bluetooth  
- Reader/Tag tier performance varification tools -Test reading and writing capability of tags and readers.  
-   Wireless Network of multiple ReWINS nodes – Multiple sensor nodes in a simulated enterprise were networked through WiFi to create an ad-hoc network.  

The video of the lectures is available at UCLA WINMEC.

For more information on the WinRFID Technology email rfid@winmec.ucla.edu.

- RFID reader features and their characteritistics
- Tag protocols, tag operation
- Tag-reader interaction
- Integrated operation of different frequency technologies - UHF, HF, and LF
- Data Filtering and aggregation (aided by middleware)
- Use of WinRFID Middleware from RFID@WINMEC Lab
- Integration of other complementary wireless technologies to the middleware for business process improvement
- RFID Deployment and Network Management using WinRFID middleware
- Software architecture of Web Services for RFID application deployment
- Utility of web services in RFID middleware
- Examples with real-world industrial applications including supply chain, retail, healthcare, pharmacy, security and manufacturing
- Get demonstrations of RFID and wireless research projects in lab


The following topics will be discussed with live demonstrations.

RFID Introduction: Attendees will learn about RFID technology - hardware and software. Different application scenarios and opportunities; problems faced by early adopters and changes prescribed including a sample of required business process re-engineering will be discussed. Different organizations who are leading the RFID initiatives will be introduced.
RFID Standards and Mandates: Attendees will learn about prevalent standards covering low frequency to ultra high frequency technologies employed currently. Standards efforts and focus on interoperability will be a key point of discussion. What are the mandates from Wal-Mart, DoD and other retailers, how the suppliers are complying and how they fare on January 2005 deadline.
RFID Hardware: Attendees will get to see different RFID readers and transponders (tags) covering low frequency to ultra high frequency, active and passive technologies in action. Salient points of the different software development kits and application programming interfaces which are supplied by the vendors will be highlighted.
RFID Middleware: WinRFID Middleware is a software suite which facilitates RFID paraphernalia to be integrated with the enterprises' IT infrastructure. Demonstrations on middleware will show data management, conversion of data to actionable information and integration with backend systems. The role of complementary sensor technologies used to augment RFID infrastructure and added value to the business processes will also be demonstrated.
RFID Industry Vertical Case Utility and deployment of RFID in Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, Security, Healthcare, Drug delivery, Asset tracking and others. Discussions on trials and tribulations from different RFID pilots and some adoptions, and lessons learnt. Attendees will get to hear how the selection of right frequency; tags based on the material of the item; infrastructure layout and planning and business process re-engineering will impact the success of RFID.
Hands on demonstrations: Attendees will explore features of the RFID readers, tags and standards; deploy RFID network and manage it; apply business rules to handle and process data; and experiment with the middleware and other software modules at WINMEC lab.



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- RFID Hands on Workshop - Jun.7.05
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- Hands On Workshop 1.25.05
- RFID SYSTEMS Course F '04
- RFID Forum Oct.12.2004