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RFID in the simplest form, and as its name implies, radio frequency identification, is the process and physical infrastructure by which a unique identifier, within a predefined protocol definition, is transferred from a device to a reader via radio frequency waves. Radiofrequency identification (RFID) is revolutionizing the way organizations around the world track the location and movement of goods and assets, in addition to securing access control to their premises. RFID in particular has recently received focus as an augmentation technology in the ubiquitous computing domain. RFID technology utilizes inexpensive wireless RFID chips or tags that report their location to nearby scanners. Items with RFID tags can be tracked from the supplier's factory floor to the retailer's store shelves. As radiofrequency identification technology steadily evolves, its potential to drive significant changes in multiple industries is clear. The impact of RFID technology as a ubiquitous component in the information age is expanding with new and innovative applications in retail, government, manufacturing, and healthcare. The speaker will throw light on the state-of-the-art advancements in RFID research and applications, in addition to the role of the RFID lab at KFUPM in spreading RFID education in the region. The speaker will also elaborate on the impact of RFID on the Saudi market.


Dr. Wasim Raad joined King Fahd University Petroleum Minerals, computer Eng Dept 1986, where he worked as a lecturer and researcher in the field of smart cards & RFID. He obtained his Ph.D. from University Bradford UK 2005 in embedded systems & signal processing. He gave consultation to a number of companies in the region, in addition to a number of workshops and tutorials on smart cards and RFID. In 2010, he established the first Smart Card & RFID university lab in the region to support student projects as well as to conduct short courses for the industry in RFID/NFC. In the last two years he was involved in two funded projects: implementing RFID in MIT-KFUPM joined the project for renewable energy & the hajj project for tracking pilgrimage.

Dr. Raad presented lately the following two papers in international conferences:

1. "An IoT Based Inventory System for High-Value Laboratory Equipment", in the Sixth International Conference on Internet of Things: Systems, Management, and Security (IOTSMS), October 22-25, 2019, Granada, Spain.

2. "An IOT Based Wearable Smart Glove for Remote Monitoring of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients", in the 12th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Systems & Signal Processing, February 22-24 2019, Prague, Czech Republic.

31 Mar 2022