<pre>Author/s : Manish Bhuptani, Shahram Moradpour Publisher : Prentice Hall PTR Category :Other Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky Rating : 9 horseshoes</pre> "RFID Field Guide" is an excellent book for an organization thinking about or starting a Radio Frequency Identification initiative. Unlike most books aimed at both business and technical readers, this one really is good for both. The authors don't assume a background of either, yet don't bore you with basics. The book provides a common language for business analysts and techies on a RFID project.
The authors clearly explain the components and relevant history of RFID. Real life examples and lessons learned are highlighted throughout. The Wal-Mart and DoD mandates are frequently referred to for suppliers. Diverse examples and case studies are also included. Security, privacy and trends are discussed. The book does not attempt to evaluate the constantly changing vendors and instead stores a omprehensive and up to date version online.
The only purely technical part of the book is an appendix, which describes the EPCglobal standard. Sun endorsed the book so it shoes the ties to XML and Java. Cattle tagging is one of the examples, appropriate to JavaRanch. I highly recommend this book to get business users an IT on the same page at the beginning of an RFID project.