RFID Institute

RFID Subject Matter Expert (SME)

04/27/2013 R&D/Technical worldwide Consultant/Contractor


The International RFID Institute is creating a new, meaningful series of certification exams that will allow RFID professionals to certify and expand their knowledge. During this exam development phase, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will be asked to create and review questions for the RFID Foundation Certification (Level 1) exam. If you would like to be part of this effort, please send your application and resume to us by clicking here

Process: The SMEs will be evaluated and selected in accordance with the policies established by the RFID Institute Board of Directors (See the criteria). Foundation Exam certification examination items (within the world of exam development, a question is referred to as an item) will be written and modified on-line using a password-protected item writing section. Each approved SME will be assigned a unique password to access the on-line item writing section of the Institute website. After all SME item writers complete their assignments, a review workshop will be conducted where all items will be reviewed. This workshop is planned to be held in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 in Orlando, FL on May 2nd. SMEs who will like to attend this workshop are welcome, though this is not mandatory. Approved items will be placed into an “item bank” from which they will be randomly selected for the construction of examinations as per the domain weight assigned.

SMEs will NOT receive any compensation for their participation. SME’s active in the RFID Institute will have their annual membership fee further discounted to $99 USD, recognizing their contributions to the RFID Institute. Recognition for SMEs will include listing on the International RFID Institute website pending full participation in the program. The names of active SME’s will be published on the RFID Institute website after the Foundation Certification development process is completed.


Primary Criteria

Education and Experience

  • Ten years minimum combined education and experience with at least five years of technical hands-on experience in the RFID or AIDC industry.
  • Work and Job Position History
  • Currently in a position interfacing with people or process and a demonstrated progression of various positions in the RFID/AIDC industry.

Professional Development

Demonstrated currency with RFID technology in the form of presentations given, papers published, awards, patents, or other forms of recognition.

Secondary Criteria

An objective for the Institute is to have a representative balance in respect to the following:

  • Demographics
  • Country of origin/residence and employment (Asia, America, Europe)
  • Academia, professional service provider, equipment/systems supplier
  • Large multinational companies, small to medium domestic companies


Subject Matter Expertise is required in one or more of the following domains:

1.    What is RFID?
1.1.    History of RFID
1.2.    Introduction to RF Fundamentals
1.2.1.    Frequency Bands
1.2.2.    Propagation    Inductive    Capacitive    EM Radiative    Conductive
1.3.    Active
1.3.1.     UHF    433 MHz    850-950
1.3.2.     WiFi
1.3.3.     UWB
1.4.    Passive
1.4.1.     Inductively coupled (Near Field)     LF     HF + NFC    UHF    BAP (Battery Assisted Passive)    NFC
1.4.2.     EM Wave coupled (Far Field)     UHF     433 MHz    860-960 (Supply Chain)     uW microwave    BAP (Battery Assisted Passive)
1.5.    RTLS and Locationing
1.5.1.     Active
1.5.2.     Passive
1.5.3.     GPS Integrated reads
1.6.    Sensors
1.6.1.     Passive (Battery assist)    Data logging    Temperature    Shock    Vibration    Humidity    Tilt    Light sensors
1.6.2.    Active    Logging or transmitting    Temperature    Shock    Vibration    Tilt    GPS    Light sensors
1.7.    Related Technologies
1.7.1.     ZigBee
1.7.2.     RuBee
1.7.3.     Infrared
1.7.4.     Ultrasonic
2.    Architecture Components
2.1.    Tags
2.1.1.    Types of construction
2.1.2.    Components (circuit, antenna, battery, etc)
2.1.3.    Form factors (label, disc, ceramic, package, etc)
2.1.4.    Special purpose (tree nail, etc)
2.2.    Readers/Writers
2.2.1.    Types of readers    Handheld    Fixed    PDA    Phone    Embedded (printers, tables, etc)
2.2.2.    Firmware
2.2.3.    Software (on-board, management)
2.3.    Antennas (Tag and Reader)
2.3.1.    Types    Near field    Far field
2.3.2.    Linear
2.3.3.    Circular
2.3.4.    Yagi
2.4.    Input devices
2.4.1.    Sensors    Light Break    Motion    Weight    Proximity    I/O connected data gathering sensors
2.4.2.    Encoders (data encoders, wheels, belts)
2.5.    Output Devices
2.5.1.    Printers
2.5.2.    Light Stacks
2.5.3.    Buzzer/Horn
2.5.4.    I/O connected controls and alerts
2.6.    Software
2.6.1.    Middleware
2.6.2.    Applications
2.7.    Network
2.7.1.    Physical Network
2.7.2.    Tag Network
3.    Privacy, Security and Safety
3.1.    Passwords
3.2.    Kill Capabilities
3.3.    Tag Storage
3.3.1.    Data on tag
3.3.2.    License plate
3.4.    Physical Security (Securing the Environment)
3.5.    Data Security and Encryption
3.5.1.    Tag
3.5.2.    Network
3.5.3.    Application and Server
3.6.    Privacy Best Practices, Risks, Controls
3.7.    Safety
3.7.1.    Human Safety (RF Radiation, EM Interference)
3.7.2.    Operational Safety
3.7.3.    Hazardous Environments
4.    Standards and Regulations – Introduction
4.1.    ISO/IEC
4.2.    IEEE
4.3.    Government and Industry Specific
4.3.1.    GS1/EPC Global
4.3.2.    Dash 7
4.3.3.    AIAG
4.3.4.    FAA
4.3.5.    ARA
4.3.6.    ATA
4.3.7.    FDA
4.3.8.    DOD
4.4.    Regional/Country Specific
4.4.1.    FCC
4.4.2.    ETSI/CEPT
4.4.3.    IC
4.4.4.    Proprietary
4.5.    Environmental Regulations
4.5.1.    HERO
4.5.2.    Intrinsically Safe - ATEX
4.5.3.    Non-Incendiary
4.6.    Others
5.    Ecosystem and Provider Roles
5.1.    Consultant
5.2.    Systems Integrator
5.3.    VAR (Value Added Reseller)
5.4.    Manufacturer
5.4.1.    Tags
5.4.2.    Readers
5.4.3.    Other Hardware
5.5.    Software
6.    Applications
6.1.    Open Loop (Supply Chain)
6.2.    Closed Loop
6.3.    Payments, Marketing
6.4.    Business case / use case scenario
6.4.1.    Business objectives    Process changes    Process elimination
6.4.2.    Materials to be tagged
6.4.3.    Read zone characteristics
6.4.4.    Environmental challenges
7.    Evaluate and Select
7.1.    Speed
7.2.    Distance
7.2.1.    Read
7.2.2.    Write
7.3.    Accuracy
7.4.    Reliability
7.5.    Supportability
7.6.    Physical fit
7.7.    Robustness
7.8.    Network Integration
7.9.    Application and Systems Impact
7.10.    Cost
8.    Solution Design
8.1.    Tag Placement
8.1.1.    Assessing tag location
8.1.2.    Testing
8.1.3.    Challenges
8.2.    Reader Placement
8.2.1.    Shielding requirements
8.2.2.    Sensor/Trigger Placement
8.2.3.    Feedback device placement
8.3.    Data flow between layers and components
9.    Deployment Steps
9.1.    Site, Infrastructure Assessment, Site Survey
9.2.    Workflow Analysis
9.3.    Systems Analysis
9.4.    Controlled pilot
9.4.1.    Data review
9.4.2.    Business Impact assessment
9.5.    Commissioning
9.6.    Rollout