Explainer: What is the ‘Internet of Things?’

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Discussion:  At this year’s LeWeb conference, the main topic has been ‘the Internet of Things’.  The Internet of Things is the idea that any physical object can connect to the Internet and communicate with other objects to relay information to people.  This works by using  RFID, smartphones, and sensors to send information to the Internet.  In the future,… Read more »

Will NFC make the mobile wallet work?

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Discussion:  It was recently announced that the new iPhone 4S would not have NFC (near field communication) technology integrated into it, which was disappointing to many.  The NFC chip, which is a form of radio frequency identification (RFID),  is used to enable the mobile wallet.  One concern of NFC is that the chip remains programmable,… Read more »

Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?

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Discussion:  There are many physical objects, or “things”, that are now on the internet with the help of RFID tags (referred to as the “Internet of Things”).  Jeans, or another object that has an RFID tag, could potentially track a person’s every movement and broadcast its location 24 hours a day.  Is this invasion of… Read more »

RFID: Radio tags set to combat the counterfeiters

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Discussion: The size of a grain a salt and costing about nine cents, radio frequency identity (RFID) chips are set to combat counterfeiters worldwide.  Although the technology has been around for years, only recently have the chips become small enough and affordable enough to put in paper labels, embed in packaging, or encase in glass… Read more »

YouTube Video – How Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Works

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Description: 2:31 minutes. YouTube video on topic of how RFID works.  Link is to YouTube video that gives visual examples of RFID applications & uses. Source: CBN, YouTube Video Date: 1/1/2007 Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNPDgudPmXE Discussion Questions: 1. How can RFID help supply chain management? 2. Supply chains driven by customer demand: a. traditional supply chains b. demand driven… Read more »

KIVA Systems – Robots Perform Distribution & Handling

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          Description: Demonstration of Kiva Systems.  The article discusses the utilization of robots in performing distribution & handling of inventory.  Source: KIVA Systems Link: http://www.kivasystems.com/demo/index.html Discussion Questions: 1. How effective is distribution & handling of inventory when performed by robots? 2. Ordering, shipping & receiving materials: a. inventory management b. logistics management c. quality… Read more »

All Business – Home Depot Employs Self Checkout

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              Description: All Business Topics article about self-check-out system in place at Home Depot.  Describe the typical customer at Home Depot & the significance of such a change in terms of cost, efficiency, customer service. Source: Retail Merchandiser / All Business Topics Date: 1/31/2002 Link: http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/4294050-1.html Discussion Questions: How has the… Read more »

Wikipedia Entry – Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)

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Description:  Wikipedia definition of RFID.  Task students to come up with examples with which they come into contact daily or routinely. Discusses advantages & disadvantages of its use. Source: Wikipedia     Date: 12/3/2010 Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rfid Discussion Questions: 1. What are the benefits to the consumer of RFID usage? 2. Define RFID & give examples. 3…. Read more »