RFID Workshop
Hands On Workshop - October 25, 2005
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RFID 2006: Making RFID Work

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The October 25, 2005 Workshop:

UCLA's RFID Lab @ WINMEC presents a one day hands-on workshop on RFID application development on October 25, 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.

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Topics   Schedule
- RFID reader features and their characteristics, Tag protocols, tag operations, Tag-reader interaction
- Integrated deployment of different technologies - UHF, HF, and LF
- Integration of GPS and GPRS/CDMA to RFID for asset tracking
- Creating RFID solutions, their deployment and RFID network management using WinRFID middleware
- Web services oriented architecture for RFID application deployment
- Industries covered: retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing
- Business case studies and ROI analysis; RFID business case in large enterprises and SMEs
- EPC GEN2 - technology and time frame of deployment by industry
- RFID Regulation and Mandates - Federal Government Real I.D. Act, California Identity Information Protection Act, FDA/state pharma requirements
- Examples of Business Process Modifications and engineering system modifications in RFID deployments

RFID and Sensor Networks integrated solutions in Industrial Environments

- Discussion of tangible improvement in processes by deploying RFID technology across industry verticals

Phased and incremental approach to middleware-based RFID solutions

7:30 - 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 RFID Introduction
9:00 -


RFID Applications and Case Studies
10:15 -


Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 RFID Hardware - Readers, Tags; Standards & Mandates
11:30 -


RFID Middleware - WinRFID
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 5:30 Hands-on Demonstrations in the Lab - experience readers and tags from a variety of vendors; of different RF technologies - Passive LF, HF, and UHF & Active; EPC and non-EPC and Integrated RFID sensors
5:30 - 7:30 Networking, Cocktails, and Hor Douvres

Program   Hands-on Session and Demonstrations
The program is organized as below. It will be followed by the hands-on sessions and demonstrations. For more details click here
RFID Introduction:

Attendees will learn about RFID technology - hardware and software. Different application scenarios and opportunities; problems faced by current adopters and changes prescribed including a sample of required business process re-engineering will be discussed. The latest industrial technologies and initiatives will be introduced.

RFID Standards and Mandates:

Current standards covering low frequency to ultra high frequency RFID technologies employed currently will be discussed. Standards-based focus on interoperability will be a key point of discussion.  Status of the mandates or requirements from Wal-Mart, DoD (UID), FDA (e-pedigree) and others, how the suppliers are coping (readiness of technology, time given to them, etc.), and how the rollout of RFID is progressing will also be discussed. 

RFID Hardware:

Different RFID readers and transponders (tags) covering low frequency to ultra high frequency, active and passive technologies will be demonstrated in use. 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 an edge-of the network software suite which facilitates RFID equipment to be integrated with the enterprises' IT infrastructure. Middleware capabilities that will be discussed include data management, data filtering, distributed RFID network management, conversion of data to intelligent and actionable information, and rules-based integration with backend systems. The role of complementary sensor technologies ( ReWINS) to augment RFID infrastructure and added value to the business processes will also be discussed.

RFID Industry Vertical Case Studies:

Utility and deployment of RFID in Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace, Defense, Automotive and others industries will be considered. Discussions will be on trials and tribulations from different RFID pilots and some adoptions, and lessons learnt.  They will get to hear about infrastructure layout, planning and business process re-engineering required for RFID deployment.


In the RFID @ WINMEC Lab, attendees will explore features of the RFID readers, tags and standards; view how an RFID network can be managed in a deployment setting; get demonstration of how business rules are employed to handle and process data; and see experiments with the WinRFID middleware and other associated modules in the lab. 

WinRFID Middleware Technology:
Deploy, manage and use readers
Manage and control readers on the WinRFID network
Data flow and process demonstration
Rule engine to handle and process data
RFID Reader-Tag Interaction:
Reader/Tag tier performance: ID Scanning, user data preparation, reading and writing. Multiple tags/different vendors.
EPC tag ID preparation and writing.
RFID Application Demonstration:

The following WinRFID Applications will be demonstrated:


WinRFID Supply chain demo: Cartons tagged with UHF in combination with items tagged with HF are shipped from a mock factory to a warehouse and finally to a smart shelf in a mock retail outlet.

- WinRFID Medical Specimen Inventory Tracking

WinRFID Library Application: Check in/out, inventory check.


WinRFID Personnel tracking: badge, wrist band and pocket based RFID.

- EPC Generation 2 in action
Wireless Sensor and RFID:
ReWINS - Reconfigurable wireless interface for networking of sensors with RFID, WiFi and Bluetooth

- Integrated Sensors, GPS and Wireless Technologies such as GPRS/Bluetooth for Remote Monitoring and Tracking of Mobile Assets such a Cargo containers for 3PL industry

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