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

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Executive Summary

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.

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