JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATIONS (JCM)
ISSN : 1796-2021
Volume : 2    Issue : 7    Date : December 2007

eEPC: an EPCglobal-compliant Embedded Architecture for RFID-based Solutions
Franco Fummi and Giovanni Perbellini
Page(s): 49-58
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Abstract
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has a lot of potential to improve visibility across
the supply chain and automate the business processes. This paper describes an EPCglobal
compliant embedded architecture, called eEPC, aiming at providing RFID-based solutions for
networked embedded systems. The design issues related to the EPCglobal architecture porting on
the embedded systems field have been analyzed. These problems concern the role of the operating
system adopted by the embedded system, the SW architecture implementation (Single-Thread or
Multi-Thread) to satisfy the EPCglobal Architecture constraints and the HS/SW partitioning
alternatives. The proposed design alternatives exploration allows to evaluate which eEPC
implementation, running on different HW/SW platforms, better satisfies the multiple tag readings
and processing architectural constraints. Its effectiveness has been evaluated on a real application
where products information is automatically put in relation to user’s medical data to retrieve
information able to improve the quality of life.

Index Terms
Networked Embedded Systems, RFID, EPC, EPCglobal, supply-chain.