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easyEPC for Implementers

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Full day optional programme, 14th October 2004


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easyEPC™ is founded by the former Auto-ID Center team at the University of Cambridge, UK. We have created a range of courses, services and products to help you at every stage of adoption – from education to implementation.

Course Overview

You know what EPC is and in principle how it works. Your organization is interested in adopting and expects you to know how to implement it. This course is designed for you. It covers:

  • An overview of the entire EPC Network
  • An in-depth introduction to each of the EPC Network building blocks:
    • Hardware Tags and readers (the RFID elements)
    • Software Savant, ONS, EPC information services
    • Languages PML
    • Numbering EPC
  • A guide to Integrating EPC into your existing systems and migrating from existing identification technologies
  • The current state of play: where are things at (specifications, standards etc), which areas are still unresolved, RFID legislation status
  • Navigating the mine field - where you can go for help and some useful contacts
  • A map of the market place: who's doing what, who can you trust?

Who should attend?

Anyone involved with implementing EPC technology. This is a technical course suitable for those with a good understanding of IT. Suitable for vendors and end users. Attendees will leave the course with a basic understanding of the operation of the EPC Network.

If you are attending this course, please do not also book Masterclass 3 of the conference event (Implementing RFID) which is being run in parallel.


Day Agenda

Please Note: This a technical full day workshop, please attend this or Masterclass 3 which run in parallel sessions.

8:30 Coffee & Welcome

9.00 Introduction to the Course

9:15 EPC Introduction: Overview of EPC Network
Overview of the EPC Network, what it is, why it was invented and the vision behind it. Introduces the different elements of the Network - the Electronic Product Code (EPC), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Savant filtering middleware, EPC Information Service (EPCIS) and Object Name Service (ONS).

9:45 Demonstration
A short demonstration of RFID in action

10:00 EPC Network Building blocks: Part 1
This section covers Numbering and Languages. It reviews the EPC numbering
system, from the original Auto-ID Centre vision to the latest Tag Data Standards specification. It also review s PML Core specification for mark up of data captured from RFID readers and sensors, and an assessment of its relevance in the evolving EPC Network.

10:30 Break

10:45 EPC Network Building blocks: Part 2
This section reviews the hardware (tags and readers) elements of the network with a basic introduction to RFID, followed by a review of the physics of electromagnetic radiation and radio communications in general.

11:30 Demonstration
Hands-on RFID practical which will give delegates hands-on exposure to the issues around getting RFID to work in real-world environments.

12:15 Lunch

1:00 EPC Network Building blocks: Part 3
This section covers the software elements of the network, including a review of the object naming service (ONS) – why it’s needed, how it works and its limitations; a review of the current modular framework for EPCIS; and a review of the need for savant – middleware to collect EPC data from multiple readers and filter the data into meaningful information for applications.

1:45 Migration and Systems Integration
Review of different approaches to migration of industrial systems to EPC. Consideration of specific issues including: level of tagging (item/case/
pallet etc), reader locations, fidelity of product information and middleware.

2:30 Break
3:00 Lessons learnt from Field trials
This section will review major field trial initiatives and the lesson learnt to date.

3:30 Challenges and Barriers
This section will review a number of potential barriers to the roll-out of the EPC Network, such as technical and financial issues and consumer concerns.

4:00 Timings
This section will review what will be available when (EPC Network elements), the timings of existing mandates and some future predictions

4:30 Next Steps
Practical information on getting started – how to chose vendors, consultants or integrators, support bodies and information sources available and how easyEPC may be able to help in the future. Review of other easyEPC courses and materials

5:00 Feedback, Q&A and Close

Please Note: This a technical full day workshop, please attend this or Masterclass 3 which run in parallel sessions.

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