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RFID in the Supply Chain
A Guide to Selection and Implementation

ISBN 9780849330186
Published November 20, 2006 by Auerbach Publications
456 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Giving organizations the ability to track, secure, and manage items from the time they are raw materials through the  life-cycle of the product, radio frequency identification (RFID) makes internal processes more efficient and improves overall supply chain responsiveness. Helping you bring your organization into the future, RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation explains RFID technology, its applications in SCM, data storage and retrieval, business processes, operational and implementation problems, risks, security and privacy, facility layout, handling systems and methods, and transportation costs. In short, with its soup-to-nuts coverage, the book ensures that your RFID implementation is successful and that you get the most from your investment.

The book discusses the major paradigm shift in product traceability that began with transitioning to RFID technology from bar code technology. It examines the economic feasibility of rolling out RFID and the challenges in supply chain synchronization, customer privacy, security, operations and IT, logistics, program management, education and training, and implementation, as well as what lessons have been learned. The author addresses the RFID business processes needed to analyze and resolve problems the suppliers face when they deal with multiple customers, each with a different mandate, and with their own set of suppliers.

Going beyond the technology and how it has changed supply chain processes, the book includes selection guidelines and implementation examples, such as speed of tag reads versus quality of computer inputs and optimal tag location. The author discusses the implementation of a business process model and the separate but equal concerns that business and IT executives have about the implementation of RFID applications. The book also covers security, integrated control management linked to the corporate strategy, and laws and regulations.

Table of Contents

Supply Chain Overview

Paradigm Shift in Product Traceability
RFID Markets
Economic Feasibility of Rolling out RFID
RFID Technology Infrastructure
Web-Centric Supply Chain Management challenges

RFID Technology

Primary Drivers
Selection Guideline on Tags, Servers and Middleware
RFID Implementation Examples

RFID applications in Supply Chain Management


Storing and retrieving data

Two Big Questions
EPC Technology in Functional Areas
Perceptions of Retail Product Benefits
Database CD on Local Workstation
Remote Database Servers
Databases in Company Merger Processes
Hybrid Databases
Web Services

RFID Business Processes

Business Process Reengineering
Organizational Maturity
Basic Multi-Layer Business Process Model
Adaptive Multi-Layer Business Process Model
Predictive Multi-Layer Business Process Model
RFID Business Processes Strategies
RFID Enterprise Supply Chain Systems
RFID Business Process Life Cycle

RFID Security, Privacy and Risk Assessment

Security Policy
Security of RFID Query
Attacks on RFID Technology
Defense in Depth
Risk Assessment

Appendix A: Passive RFID Technology

Appendix B: Active RFID Technology
Appendix C: Semi-Passive RFID Technology
Appendix D: RFID Middleware
Appendix E: Network/Server Interfaces
Appendix F: Physical Markup Language for RFID applications
Appendix G: Warehouse Management Systems
Appendix H: Supply Chain Execution Systems
Appendix I: Enterprise Intelligence:WebFOCUS
Appendix J: Enterprise Databases
Appendix K: Data synchronization: GoldenGate
Appendix L: Partitioning Large Databases: Oracle
Appendix M: Software Engineering Standards
Appendix N: Business Process Automation: IBM Products
Appendix O: Commercial Assessment Tools
Appendix P: Risk Related Software
Appendix Q: Sample security Policy Templates

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