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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2005 vol. 7)
ISSN: 1520-9202
pp: 27-33
Ron Weinstein , Johns Hopkins University
The need for retail and manufacturing companies to better track inventory and raw materials, and the decreasing cost of microchips have led to renewed interest in radio-frequency identification (RFID). Beginning with an overview of the basic technology, this article discusses active and passive tags, and standards. It continues by summarizing basic business applications, such as in supply chain management, security, and movement tracking. It concludes with the challenges that widespread RFID adopting must overcome. To illustrate its main points, the article describes two significant RFID deployments, one by the US Navy, the other by Wal-Mart.
RFID, radio-frequency identification, Wal-Mart, US Navy, active tag, passive tag, EPC, EPCglobal, ONS

R. Weinstein, "RFID: A Technical Overview and Its Application to the Enterprise," in IT Professional, vol. 7, no. , pp. 27-33, 2005.
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