Radio frequency identification (RFID) is one of the game-changing technologies of the 21st century. This book explores the prospects of RFID and its transformative impact on the design and operation of complex systems governing human and computer interactions. The text examines the informatics challenges involved in integrating the physical and cyber worlds and in analyzing large volumes of raw data to derive decision-aiding information, particularly in the context of large-scale, globally distributed infrastructures. It also details the near- and long-term potential of this technology, including its expanding role in the service sector. Case studies illustrate the role of RFID-- Provided by publisher..