In this chapter, you finally learned how to install the RFID readers. Although this may seem like the first step in setting up a system, this chapter should have shown you that it really comes after an awful lot of planning and coordinating, physics and testing. Finally, you can get to the stage where the system goes live with an actual installation.
The first section focused more than you might have expected on proper project management. I spent a lot of time, and hopefully you learned a lot, because this is one of the biggest causes of failure for an RFID deployment. Just as you are spending a lot of time preparing for the CompTIA RFID+ exam, you should also spend a lot of time preparing for the RFID deployment. Understanding who does what, when they need to be there, and how all the gear you need gets where it is going is critical to your long-term success. As a soon-to-be RFID+ certified professional, you need to make sure that you enter the RFID world fully prepared.
Next you learned about getting the gear ready to ship. There are a number of tests and steps you learned to take to make sure that everything going out the door is in good working order and kept together as a complete package. It's a waste of time and money to have all but one small piece on-site when you start deploying systems.
You also learned how to take a site survey document and a design document and create the actual on-site build of an interrogation zone. Each IZ should have been clearly mapped out and there should be no surprises as to what goes where.
The really fun part came in the next section, when you learned how to talk to a reader and set it up for initial configuration as well as about what could go wrong. The CompTIA exam will definitely ask you about the electrical, grounding, and lightning-related questions, so it's important to understand some of these concepts. The key concepts you learned were setting power levels, turning on readers, and reading a reference tag in the right areas. Equally important was understanding how to make sure you don't read a tag where you didn't want one read.
The installation section focused on protecting the portal from harm's way. You saw what a bollard looks like and learned the difference between a single bollard and dual bollard setup.
Finally, you learned what happens after installation-the acceptance testing. The important thing that you learned here was that defined metrics will help you claim success and make your client happy.