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Incorporating business process management into RFID-enabled application systems Xiaohui Zhao Information Systems Group, Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands Chengfei Liu Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies, Centre of Complex Software Systems and Services, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and Tao Lin Amitive Inc., San Mateo, California, USA Abstract Purpose – The emergence of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology promises enormous opportunities to shift business process automation up to the wire level. The purpose of this paper is to explore the methodology of incorporating business logics into RFID edge systems, and thereby facilitate the business process automation in the RFID-applied environment. Design/methodology/approach – Following the object-oriented modelling perspective, concepts of classes, instances are deployed to characterise the runtime context of RFID business scenarios; event patterns are used to aggregate RFID tag read events into business meaningful events; and business rules are established to automate business transactions according to the elicited events. Findings – The paper has emphasised the synergy between business process automation and automatic data acquisition, and has identified the inter-relations between RFID tag read events, application-level events, business rules, and business operations. The reported research has demonstrated a feasible scheme of incorporating business process control and automation into RFID-enabled applications. Originality/value – The paper analyses the characteristics of RFID data and event handling in relation to business rule modelling and process automation. The features of event-relied awareness, context containment and overlapping, etc. are all captured and described by the proposed object-oriented business model. The given data-driven RFID middleware architecture can serve as one reference architecture for system design and development. Hence, the paper plays an important role in connecting automatic data acquisition and existing business processes, and thereby bridges the physical world and the digital world. Keywords Radio frequencies, Automation, Process management Paper type Research paper Introduction It is dramatically important to assess the strategic business value of integrating radio frequency identification (RFID), a key connective technology, into enterprise system applications (Want, 2004; Mo et al. , 2009; Roussos and Kostakos, 2009). Nowadays, the The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at www.emeraldinsight.com/1463-7154.htm BPMJ 16,6 932 Business Process Management Journal Vol. 16 No. 6, 2010 pp. 932-953 q Emerald Group Publishing Limited 1463-7154 DOI 10.1108/14637151011093008
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increasing adoption of RFID is evidenced in retailing, manufacturing, supply chain, military use, health care, etc. particularly in the background of business globalisation commoditisation (Koh, 2007; Kumar, 2007). An optimistic forecast from IDTechEx
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