Presented at the event by RFID4U, this one-day course will prepare participants for the RFID Institute’s Certified Associate exam.

April 5, 2023

RFID Journal LIVE! 2023 will feature end-user companies discussing RFID’s use in various industries, as well as exhibitors offering tagging solutions for multiple applications. To learn more, visit the event’s website.


One of the best reasons you should attend RFID Journal LIVE! 2023, being held on May 9-11, in Orlando, Fla., is that you’ll be able to receive fast-track RFID training and certification from prestigious institutions and instructors viewed as experts in the industry. This one-day course, presented by RFID4U, will cover the latest equipment and relevant RFID deployment scenarios. It will provide a solid foundation to design, install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot an RFID deployment, and it will prepare participants for the RFID Professional Institute‘s Certified Associate exam.

One of the annual conference’s most popular features, the course is a combination of lectures and hands-on lab exercises, providing a functional understanding of the use of RFID readers, tags, printers and general-purpose input-output devices. Participants will develop a working understanding of proven troubleshooting methodologies, based on best practices, industry-proven processes and the instructor’s practical experiences—and each participant will receive a voucher to take the exam online after the event.

Following a brief technical overview of RFID concepts related to the design and deployment of RFID solutions, attendees will learn how to identify the key architectural components necessary to deploy a scalable RFID solution. The instructor will explain how to use various tools and techniques to design and manage the entire deployment process, and deployment design concepts will be outlined to ensure that deployments are flexible (to accommodate changes) and scalable (to address future growth).

Students will learn how to configure RFID hardware to maximize functionality, including setting specific RFID reader parameters, antenna deployments, read-zone optimization and dwell-time calculations, as well as RFID tag characteristics and factors affecting tag read performance. The course material will offer a functional understanding of nine certification exam test domains. The expert presenters will be Archit Dua, a project manager at RFID4U, and Sanjiv Dua, the organization’s CEO, who have long been providing this service to LIVE! attendees. You can view the course agenda here, and the certification exam test domains are outlined below:

RFID Course and RFID Professional Institute Certification Exam Review
Attendees will review the agenda for the day, including important reminders regarding the RFID Professional Institute certification exam.

RFID Technology Review
This section will cover the five main frequencies used by radio frequency identification systems. The instructor will explain the characteristics and capabilities of each frequency, the three primary types of RFID transponders (active, passive and battery-assisted) and the functionality of each. Participants will also learn about tag characteristics and capabilities, and the instructors will cover the different types of RFID readers and performance characteristics, and how to configure various readers. The different types of RFID antennas will be explained, and participants will learn about antenna read zones and the characteristics of different RF antennas. Various peripherals used in RFID systems will be discussed, including RFID label printers and encoders, motion sensors, electric eyes and other feedback devices. As a benchmark, a summary and comparison of RFID and barcode technologies will be provided.

RFID Physics
Attendees will review the fundamental physics behind how RFID technology works. Topics covered include basic physics topics and the extension of those fundamentals to concepts such as near- and far-field coupling. As with other sections in the course, during this module attendees will conduct hands on exercises correlating to the RFID Technology Review and RFID Physics sections.

Protocols and Middleware
This section will cover various protocols, including air-interface protocols, tag-data protocols and reader protocols. The instructors will take a deep dive into the UHF Class 1 Gen 2 standard and V2, as well as conduct a hands-on lab that will emphasize the air interface’s memory layout.

RFID Design, Evaluate and Select, Deployment, Testing and Troubleshooting
As with any technology, it’s important to understand the lifecycle of an implementation. This section will start with the design process for an RFID installation, including the concept of a site survey. Following that, it will cover criteria to evaluate and select various components of a solution. Next, the instructors will discuss the deployment process and how to test and troubleshoot after the installation, as well as conduct a hands-on activity going through optimization after the installation.

Regulations and Standards
Attendees will review the different types of standards that exist in the RFID ecosystem, go through various ISO standards, and review NFC and related standards. This section will also cover regulations and mandates in RFID.

Locating, Positioning and Related Technologies to RFID
This section will cover locating and positioning system and technologies, while reviewing technologies related to RFID.

RFID Ecosystem and Providers
This section will explore manufacturers, systems integrators, software suppliers and more, revealing the various hats that companies and providers play in the RFID world.

In addition to the fast-track training and exam, LIVE! 2023 will feature nine industry-specific and how-to tracks exploring how RFID and other Internet of Things technologies are used in retail and apparel, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, the food chain, and inventory and warehouse management, as well as business drivers beyond inventory accuracy, the fundamentals of RFID, and how to integrate RFID into a manufacturing line. What’s more, the exhibit hall will feature more than 80 solution providers, and the event will host this year’s RFID Journal Awards. (see Registration Now Open for RFID Journal LIVE! 2023). We hope to see you there!