Agents on RFID Tags - A Chance to Increase Flexibility in Automation

Date Added: Jul 2009
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RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identification) are used for identification of products in manifold areas including industrial automation. Their ability to identify products tremendously supports keeping control over the products in a plant and to set the basis for decisions to optimize the production process. Agent systems, on the other hand, offer a possibility to handle production in a plant in a flexible way, allowing easy reconfiguration and control of the order almost until the final point of production. A combination of both technologies seems reasonable. This paper investigates the possibilities of fine-grained order control by software agents hosted on RFIDs. Although this requires advanced types of RFIDs it allows greater flexibility in production.