© 2008

Networked RFID

Systems, Software and Services


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. George Roussos
    Pages 1-9
  3. George Roussos
    Pages 11-35
  4. George Roussos
    Pages 37-52
  5. George Roussos
    Pages 53-65
  6. George Roussos
    Pages 67-80
  7. George Roussos
    Pages 81-98
  8. George Roussos
    Pages 99-111
  9. George Roussos
    Pages 113-128
  10. George Roussos
    Pages 129-146
  11. George Roussos
    Pages 147-168
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 1-17

About this book


RFID technology has been available for decades, but it is only recently that its application has become a core topic for computing. This book introduces the technologies and techniques of large-scale RFID-enabled mobile computing systems, set in the context of specific case studies.

The book begins with a quick introduction to RFID basics and then discusses the various elements of the topic, using applications such as e-passports, ticketing and supply-chain management throughout. The text explores RFID technology fundamentals, including operating principles, core system components and performance trade-offs involved in the selection of specific RFID platforms. The emphasis is on a practical approach, developing an arsenal of techniques and designs that can be mixed and matched to fit the needs of new systems and applications.


• Offers a practical approach, with specific RFID applications providing context for discussion

• Highlights the basics of RFID, including wireless energy transfer and communication by reflection.

• Presents the main ingredients for building complete network RFID systems

• Discusses the different types of readers and tags in detail – making particular reference to common technologies used in real systems

• Explores how the different identifier systems encode unique serial codes for tagged entities, and how codes are assigned to particular organizations

• Describes the structure and functionality of modern RFID systems and middleware

• Considers different types of network services required for RFID support

• Debates the hot topics of privacy and security

• Looks at the future of RFID technology

• Allows readers to experiment via a supplementary website with operational instances of RFID network services:

Written for IT professionals as well as students, this comprehensive and reader-friendly text discusses the current state-of-the-art in RFID platforms and architecture. It will be invaluable for anyone experienced in software development and involved with RFID technology, and will facilitate informed decision-making.


CompTIA RFID+ Protection WWW middleware privacy radio-frequency identification (RFID) retail

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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From the reviews:

"Radio frequency identification (RFID) is now being accepted by the business community, despite the fact that it still has its challenges. … It is important for engineers to know about this technology, its implementation, and problems presented by RFID. This book promises to fill this gap and it does so quite successfully. … If you are new to RFID technology, this book may be a good start as an overview. Engineers will like this book. It is highly recommended." (Arun Ektare, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2008)