Date Added: Jan 2011
Sharing consistent and correct master data among disparate applications in a reverse-logistics chain has long been recognized as an intricate problem. Although a Master Data Management (MDM) system can surely assume that responsibility, applications that need to co-operate with it must comply with proprietary query interfaces provided by the specific MDM system. In this paper, the authors present a RFID-ready MDM system which makes master data readily available for any participating applications in a reverse-logistics chain. The authors propose a RFID-wrapper as a part of their MDM. It acts as a gateway between any data retrieval request and query interfaces that process it.