National RFID Centre Seminar: RFID Technology and Application Research

Date: 22 May 2009 - 22 May 2009

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower Block, Level 3

Increasingly, real-time operational visibility on the shopfloor is gaining the interest of manufacturers, retailers and logistic providers who are pressured to increase efficiency and optimise business processes. This capability helps them to identify issues and opportunities for reducing costs, delays, cycle times and waste, and to increase throughput. The need for real-time visibility in business operations is driving rapid adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and sensor devices on the shopfloor.

In this seminar, participants will learn interesting research areas on novel RFID technologies and applications.

1) Scalable UWB(Ultra Wideband)-RFID Localisation System by Dr Law Choi Look
This talk presents the past 3 years' research results on the scalable UWB-RFID localisation system by the Positioning and Wireless Technology Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Differing from other UWB-RFID localisation systems around the world, this project is the first to explore passive UWB-RFID techniques to enable scalability in the number of tags with precision location tracking in real time. The activities include UWB antennae, high peak power with low power consumption UWB pulse transmitters, low power consumption UWB receivers, UWB ranging measurements and modelling, UWB-RFID system architectures, and localisation/tracking algorithms.

2) Multiple-ID Network System for Enterprise Operations by Mr Chong Cheng Seng
Electronic ID technology (RFIDs, barcodes, smart cards and biometrics, etc.) has revolutionised businesses such as supply chain and inventory management. This results in benefits to all parts of the distribution chain - the manufacturer, supplier, carrier, retailer and consumer. This work presents an approach to integrate electronic ID readers into an autonomous ID network system for enterprise operations. Using mobile ad-hoc network technology, the system is capable of doing away with the wired network, into an infrastructure-less one that is auto-configuring. When new readers of various types are added, the system is able to recognise them and aggregate the data read from the ID items such as RFID tags, smart cards, finger prints, etc, into the backend PC system for processing. A prototype system has been implemented and the results have shown that the Multiple ID Network System is highly adaptable and also very affordable to most enterprise operations.

3) Integration of RFID with Mobile Commerce for Consumer Marketing by Dr Lee Ka Man
Mobile Commerce (M-Commerce) and RFID are two major areas which are recognised for their contribution in the world economy. In order to have an integrated information system. The presentation looks at integration of RFID technology with M-Commerce in promotion of products and unique cross-selling to consumers, which can transform a traditional retail industry to be more effective in coping with market changes. An RFID prototype system with mobile capabilities is being designed in an integration framework for a virtual retail store, which is being developed to demonstrate and enhance the feasibility of this convergence. The proposed prototype is analysed at all three functional levels: Device, Application and Process.

About the Speakers
Dr Law Choi Look received his BEng and PhD from King’s College, London in 1983 and 1987 respectively. From 1986 to 1988, he was a senior research engineer at ERA technology in UK. He joined the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 1988 where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Communication Engineering Division and Founding Director of Positioning and Wireless Technology Centre. His research interests are in ultra-wideband microwave circuit characterisation, design and modelling, wideband channel characterisation and effects on high speed wireless communication, radio frequency identification, wireless networking and positioning systems. In 2001, he co-founded RFNET, a company specialising in wireless LAN and RFID products and services. He has given numerous continuing educational courses to industries and acted as consultant to a number of companies and government agencies. He has published over one hundred international conference and journal papers. Dr Law is a senior member of IEEE.

Chong Cheng Seng is currently a lecturer with the School of Engineering (Electronics) at Nanyang Polytechnic. Prior to joining Nanyang Polytechnic, he was an electronic design engineer with Philips Consumer Electronics, responsible for the entire development cycle from concept, design, testing to mass production of audio systems such as CD players and amplifiers. He has also worked in Panasonic Semiconductor as an analog audio IC designer. He holds a Master of Science (Electronics) degree from the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His areas of research are in RFIDs, biometrics, mobile ad-hoc networks and autonomous systems.

Dr Lee Ka Man is currently a Professor with the Division of Systems and Engineering Management, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.

1.30pm: Registration

2.00pm: Scalable UWB-RFID localisation system by Dr Law Choi Look, Nanyang Technological

2.45pm: Multiple-ID Network System for Enterprise Operations by Mr Chong Cheng Seng,   
             Nanyang Polytechnic

3.30pm: Integration of RFID with Mobile Commerce for Consumer Marketing by Dr Lee Ka Man,
             Nanyang Technological University

4.15pm: Tea Break & Networking

5.00pm: End of Seminar

Who Should Attend
Industry professionals (including technical directors, head of enterprise architecture, directors, heads of system development, project architects, research scientists, RFID system integrators, RFID technology resellers, distributors, senior consultants) from various sectors such as retail/ CPG, pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, supply chain, distribution, aerospace aviation, defense, tourism, hospitality and public sectors. Academic staff are also invited to attend.

Registration for this seminar is free of charge. Seats are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online to reserve a place.

For technical enquiries: Dr John Gan, Email:
For general enquiries: Alice Koh, Email: