This chapter establishes the foundation required to successfully plan for RFID solutions. Here, we will provide a high-level, functional description of the most common components used in implementing RFID-based applications. We describe the RFID system components needed for solutions ranging from simple to sophisticated, and examine their functions, advantages, and limitations. Even though not every layer of technical detail is required to understand how an RFID system can be designed, it is useful to know how the various parts interoperate to form an application solution.
Because of the wide-scale interest in the adoption of RFID in supply chain applications, we also discuss the key components specified by the EPCglobal standards organization.
Specifically, this chapter will provide the following: