A complete roadmap for achieving secure, cost-effective RFID network installations through practical case studies. . Covering both business and engineering aspects of RFID, "Building Practical RFID Applications" explores the design principles behind software applications that use real-time visibility of inventory provided by RFID and other automatic identification technology. The book discusses the need for proper RFID network design, data collection, and information organization for achieving all the benefits of automatic identification.. . RFID expert Hersh Bhargava explains RFID standards and different components of RFID technology, describing RFID applications such as asset-tracking, work-in-progress tracking, and supply-chain visibility. . Using in-depth case studies from retail, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and other organizations, he then reviews the general principles of designing and implementing specific RFID applications, offering a complete roadmap for building them more quickly and cheaply. .