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A Modular Integrated RFID System for Inventory Control Applications

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Academic Editors: Ali Shemshadi and Michael Sheng
Electronics 2017, 6(1), 9;
Received: 26 October 2016 / Revised: 3 January 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RFID Systems and Applications)
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Recent advances in single-board computer technology have allowed for lightweight, power-efficient devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, to take the place of desktop PCs in certain applications. This has the potential to disrupt the way many current systems are structured, particularly for inventory management and control applications. In this paper, we explore the design and topology of a modular Radio frequency identification (RFID) system for inventory management comprised of self-contained, autonomous scanning, and stationary control PCs in a handheld/portable configuration. While similar solutions for such a system may exist on the commercial market, this proposed development provides a template for an open source flexible, low-cost solution that can be easily expanded to meet the needs of businesses with large and small inventories. View Full-Text
Keywords: RFID; Raspberry Pi; inventory control and management; modular system topology RFID; Raspberry Pi; inventory control and management; modular system topology

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Bunker, R.; Elsherbeni, A. A Modular Integrated RFID System for Inventory Control Applications. Electronics 2017, 6, 9.

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