A World of Smart Objects: The Role of Auto-Identification Technologies


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"Smart" objects will be protagonists of supply chains and people's lives after 2010. Radio frequency identification is playing a key role, along with the Internet, wireless networking and miniaturization.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Management Summary
    • 1.0 Introduction
    • 2.0 E-Tagging: A Primer
      • 2.1 Auto-Identification Technologies
      • 2.2 RFID and E-Tagging
      • 2.3 Technological Developments
      • 2.4 The Role of the Internet
    • 3.0 E-Tag Applications
    • 4.0 Supply Chain Management
      • 4.1 Security and Public Safety Applications
      • 4.2 Dispatching and Logistics
    • 5.0 Toward a Universal RFID Infrastructure? The Enablers
      • 5.1 From Car Manufacturing to Traffic Control
      • 5.2 From Bus Maintenance to Automatic Routing
      • 5.3 Intelligent Products
      • 5.4 A Universal Infrastructure
      • 5.5 The Auto-ID Center
    • 6.0 Obstacles On the Road Toward a Universal RFID Infrastructure
      • 6.1 The "Lowest Common Denominator" Problem
      • 6.2 More Rocks on the Road
    • 7.0 Conclusion
    • Appendix A. Acronym Key
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