TagNet Middleware

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 130

       Course Name: TagNet Middleware

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ELT 120 or concurrent enrollment in ELT 120.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers TagNet RFID middleware; specifically on how to install, configure, and implement various use cases found in the supply chain. Topics include an understanding of the capabilities of TagNet and how various use case factors influence read rates and reliability.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the scope of TagNet RFID middleware functionality to address various deployment scenarios.
  2. Learn the concept of RFID events and how subscribing enterprise systems can gain access to that RFID event data.
  3. Distinguish the roles played by TagNet and that of hardware devices and sensors.
  4. Discern the Electronic Product Code (EPC) encoding terminology in order to commission tags.
  5. Learn how to configure various elements of TagNet to deploy an RFID use case.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Reader management & configuration
    1. Supported readers and capabilities
    2. Physical and logical reader concepts
  2. Filtering and collection
    1. Event subscription model
    2. Reader schedules, filters, bindings and scripts
  3. Tag commissioning
    1. EPC numbering conventions and encoding/decoding routines
    2. Label printing & commissioning
    3. Commissioning of reusable tags
    4. Tagging station conveyers and print & apply deployment
  4. Object repository
    1. Defining products, assets and people within TagNet
    2. Supporting tables & administration
  5. Modules for mobile RFID applications
    1. TagMap – identification and mapping of tags to object ID’s
    2. AssetTrack – RFID enabled asset management & inspection reporting
    3. TagTrack – RFID enabled lift truck application for inventory management
    4. EmployeeMap – RFID access control – Badge tag mapping and identification
    5. Portal Event Viewer – real time viewing of RFID read events
  6. TagNet AutoDeploy
    1. Deployment and updating of TagNet modules on reader devices
    2. Installing client applications
  7. TagNet labs
    1. Print/Commission a number smart label tags
    2. Establish an event subscription for a given portal location
    3. Read tags analyze data from schedule activity and report on results

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation can include lectures, class discussions, individual and group assignments and laboratory assignments

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading of handouts is required as a reference to the materials and the techniques under study.   Completion of classroom and laboratory assignments is necessary to provide support for the classroom discussions.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Course handouts, various web and library references, recommended/required text and RFID tags.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Methods of evaluation can include homework, quizzes, exams, laboratory assignments and individual and group projects.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.