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IEEE ICAL 2007 Conference
Plenary Talk3


Past, Present and Future of RFID

Jerry Banks, Ph.D.

Tecnolʫgico de Monterrey
Graduate School of Leadership and Administration and Division of Engineering and Architecture
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

       RFID has a history which began with radar in the 1920s and 1930s.Later, transistors made it possible to include lots of chips on a single circuit leading to the tags in use today.The components and functionality of RFID, both active and passive systems, will be explained.The current push for RFID was instituted by Wal-Mart.But, everything has not proceeded according to plan.Presently, there are many instances where the return-on-investment for using RFID is just not there.The presenter will discuss a number of conditions that must exist for RFID to have a healthy future.


Jerry Banks retired in June, 1999 as Professor, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. He then worked for two years as Senior Simulation Technology Advisor, Brooks Automation, Planning and Logistics Solutions, AutoMod Product Team.He is currently an independent consultant.He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of eleven books, one set of proceedings, several chapters in texts, and numerous technical papers. He is the editor of the Handbook of Simulation, published in 1998 by John Wiley.This book won the award for Excellence in Engineering Handbooks from the Professional Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. He is a co-author of Discrete Event Systems Simulation, Fourth Edition, published by Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2005. He is also author of the text Getting Started with AutoMod, Second Edition,published by Brooks Automation in 2004.He is the co-author of Introduction to SIMAN V and CINEMA V, published by John Wiley, New York, in 1995. He is also the co-author of Getting Started with GPSS/H, Second Edition, published by Wolverine Software Corporation, Annandale, Virginia, in 1995.Other titles include the co-authored text Forecasting and Management of Technology published in 1991 and the single-authored text Principles of Quality Control published in 1989, both by John Wiley, New York.He has just completed, with three co-authors, RFID Applied, to appear in March, 2007 published by John Wiley.He teaches short courses on simulation, RFID, and supply chain management throughout the world. He was a founding partner in the simulation-consulting firm Carson/Banks & Associates, Inc. located in Atlanta.The firm was purchased by AutoSimulations, Inc. (now part of Brooks Automation) in May of 1994.He is a full member of many technical societies including the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) for which he served eight years as that organization's representative to the Board of the Winter Simulation Conference, including two years as Board Chair.He is the recipient of the INFORMS College on Simulation Distinguished Service Award for 1999.He was named a Fellow of IIE in 2002.

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