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Paper w78-2008-4-08:
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ON-SITE RFID TAGS OPPORTUNITIES, BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES

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Reza Shiftehfar, Frank Boukamp

RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ON-SITE RFID TAGS OPPORTUNITIES, BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES

Abstract:With the increased interest in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the construction industry and related research efforts, future construction sites can be expected to carry an abundance of RFID tags. These RFID tags at site have the potential to be used in order to improve context awareness during the construction phase. Specifically, semantic information about and between components and resources can be projected onto the RFID tags to create a semantically connected RFID network. Such semantic information might already exist when an integrated project model exists for the project. However, in cases where integrated project models for projects are uneconomical or cannot be made available due to other factors, the semantic information can still be made available for supporting context awareness on construction sites. A wide range of on-site tasks, ranging from actual construction to facility management, can benefit from the relationships represented in the RFID network and the resulting increased context awareness. This paper discusses the opportunities for creating such semantic RFID networks, and highlights challenges and benefits that the authors identified throughout their ongoing research activities.

Keywords:Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Semantics, Knowledge Management, Construction Industry, Context Awareness

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