Smart Tags: How to Ride the First Technology Wave of the 21st Century


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Do you know that a massive new technology wave is headed straight for American small businesses and that it involves the use of radio? Do you know what electronic product codes and smart tags are? If you answered no to either of these questions, then you need to attend this session which will introduce you to the coming world of smart tags and how they are transforming America’s manufacturing, transportation, wholesale, and retail industries. Learn why Wal-Mart and the U.S. Government recently required all their vendors to begin using smart tag technology or be disqualified from future contracts. We’ll also learn about low-cost sources for smart tag hardware and supplies, as well as, the best ways to keep abreast of this emerging business field. If you were behind on the Internet wave of 1995, here’s your opportunity to get ahead of the just breaking smart tag wave.

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Smart Tags: How to Ride the First Technology Wave of the 21st Century

  1. 1. Smart Tags: How to Ride the First Technology Wave of the 21st Century Timothy Lee Computer Training Specialist Arkansas SBDC
  2. 2. What’s a smart tag? Substrate Tag IC Antenna
  3. 3. Smart Tag Systems <ul><li>Basic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Antenna </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transponder (RF tag) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Antennas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interrogator (Reader) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Object Name Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Markup Language </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Electronic Product Codes (EPC) <ul><li>New product numbering standard </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with existing EAN.UCC numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Can distinguish unique items of the same type </li></ul><ul><li>374,877,906,943 serial numbers per product </li></ul>
  5. 5. Smart Tags vs. Barcodes $0.05 or less $0.40- $1.00 Cost No Yes Change Info Low to medium High Security Low to medium Low to high Capacity Yes No Line of Sight Barcode Smart Tag
  6. 6. The Wal-Mart Announcement <ul><li>Nov 2003 Announcement </li></ul><ul><li>Top 100 suppliers plus 37 ‘volunteers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Case and pallet level first </li></ul><ul><li>All suppliers complete case/pallet rollout by EOY 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized item implementation > 2005 </li></ul>
  7. 7. The DoD Announcements <ul><li>Passive RFID tags on the lowest possible piece part/case/pallet packaging by January 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Solicitations issued after 1 Oct 04 for delivery after 1 Jan 05 </li></ul><ul><li>3-year contract with IBM </li></ul>
  8. 8. DoD Passive RFID Projects <ul><li>Operational Implementations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FISC Norfolk Ocean Terminal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Protective Equipment (IPE) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology Demonstration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combat Feeding Global Asset Visibility demonstration </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. DoD Passive RFID Locations DDC San Joaquin, CA FT Hood, TX Blue Grass Army Depot, KY Camp Lejeune, NC Norfolk Ocean Terminal, VA DDC Susquehanna, PA Dover AFB, DE Pine Bluff Arsenal Ramstein AFB, Germany
  10. 10. Low-Cost Solutions / Providers <ul><li>Smart Labels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EPC, Barcodes & Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zebra </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pocket PC Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compact Flash (CF) cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syscan International </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Keeping Up with the Future <ul><li>DoD Logistics AIT </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RFID Journal </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>AIM </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. What SBDCs should do <ul><li>Subscribe to RFID newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Request RFID catalogs and samples </li></ul><ul><li>Develop RFID workshops and seminars </li></ul>