RFID Journal LIVE! 2017RFID Journal Award Finalists

Award Finalists

Each year, RFID Journal recognizes companies that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID) or the introduction of a valuable new RFID product or service. A group of more than 25 independent judges selected finalists in each of seven categories. The finalists have been invited to present at RFID Journal LIVE!, at 10:30 AM on May 11. This year's winners will be announced at 1 PM on May 11, in the Awards Theater (booth #852 in the exhibit hall).
May 11 10:30 AM

Best Health-Care RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its health-care operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • Cook Medical Korea, for its use of RFID to track medical device inventories and shipments nationwide
  • DIA Construction, for its use of RFID in a greenfield hospital development to track 200,000 assets
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for its use of RFID to create a single best-in-class, integrated system and methodology to manage all consumable inventory
Speakers: Jeffrey Hensley, VP of Hospital Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Ali Erdinç Koroglu, Technology and Innovation Manager, DIA Holding FZCO, DIA Construction ; Dominic Lee, General Manager, Cook Medical Korea; William Hammond, Director, Supply Chain, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
May 11 10:30 AM

Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its logistics or supply chain operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • GERDAU, for its use of an RFID system to cut costs and increase production
  • Marroquinera, for its use of an RFID system to provide timely and complete real-time information regarding the movements of merchandise inventories so that management can make better decisions related to production, purchasing, storage and the dispatch of inventories 
  • Ternium, for its use of RFID to track finished materials and optimize the storage, picking and shipping of goods
Speakers: Davin Leon, Product Manager, Ternium; , , ; Marcio Ouchi, Logistics Manager, Ouro Branco/MG, Gerdau ; , , ; , ,
May 11 10:30 AM

Best Manufacturing RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its manufacturing operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • Heraeus Noblelight America, for its use of RFID within its UV curing light bulbs to identify the type of bulb, authenticate it and validate its warranty
  • Honda, for its use of RFID to provide visibility into the flow and location of rework vehicles, both inside the production facility and within its massive holding yards
  • HP Brazil, for its use of an internally developed Internet of Things software platform to analyze RFID data and provide unique insights into manufacturing operations
Speakers: Rafael Rapp, Business Operations Manager, LATAM SC OPS, HP Brazil; William E. Johnson III, Senior Board Technologist, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC; Jason Philpot, Manager, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
May 11 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 1

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 1 are:

  • Confidex, for its Links NFC Portfolio, which enables customers to choose memory options and customized printing
  • Farsens, for its Rocky 100 configurable RFID chip, which lets companies use a single chip to develop multiple, distinct battery-free sensors
  • Guard RFID, for its self-powered and wireless active RFID reader and tag exciter, and its fully wireless real-time location network, for sites without power or Internet connectivity
  • HID Global for its Seal Tag edTamper UHF system, which alerts users to tampering even after a seal has been broken
  • Identiv for its uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker, a low-cost, portable temperature sensor that can be read by an NFC-enabled phone
Speakers: Mikko Nikkanen, Director, Business Development, Confidex; Mikel Choperena, Product Manager, Farsens S.L.; Byron Blackburn, Director of Business Development, Industrial Division, Guard RFID Solutions; Richard Aufreiter, Director, Product Marketing, Identification Technologies, HID Global; Stephane Ardiley, Director, Product Management , Identiv
May 11 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 2

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 3 are:

  • Kathrein RFID's RRU 4000 RFID IoT gateway, which provides direct connectivity into back-end systems, such as SAP, as well as different options of hardware and software interfaces, including PoE+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 2G/3G mobile connectivity
  • NXP Semiconductors' UCODE 8, which offers greater read sensitivity, Advanced Auto Adjust for improved read-performance, optimized EPC Session 2 operation and other features
  • STMicroelectronics' ST25DV dynamic NFC/RFID tag, a dual-interface RF/I2C device that supports fast data speeds over longer distances
  • Tyco Retail Solutions' RFID Fitting Room, which uses RFID hardware and software to provide unobtrusive, real-time item-level insight that helps retailers better serve customers and combat shrinkage, while enabling in-fitting-room merchandising and promotional opportunities
  • Zebra Technologies' SmartSense for Retail, which uses RFID, video and microlocationing technologies to automatically sense and record the locations and movements of merchandise, store associates, shoppers and assets, and turns that data into actionable information
Speakers: Sylvain Fidelis, Technical Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics; Brendan McKenna, Sr. Product Manager, Advanced Systems Development, Zebra Technologies Corp.; Rich Marshall, Product Marketing Manager, Tyco Retail Solutions; Kurt Bischof, Global Senior Marketing Manager, RFID Solutions, NXP Semiconductors; , , ; Jon Reedy, Director, Solutions, Kathrein RFID
May 11 10:30 AM

Best Retail RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its retail operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • Lululemon, for its use of RFID to ensure that all inventory available in the store is optimally represented on the store floor through real-time replenishment, and to establish a foundation of accurate, real-time inventory available to satisfy guests' needs across stores at any time
  • Tegu, for its use of RFID to enable its consigned inventory strategy, which allowed it to gain more shelf space and increase sales
  • Tesco, for its use of RFID to improve on-shelf availability, while at the same time freeing up staff to spend more time servicing customers
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May 11 10:30 AM

Best RFID Implementation (Other Industry)

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology in an industry other than those above. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • Delta Air Lines, for its use of RFID to better track baggage and provide customers with real-time updates regarding the locations of their suitcases>
  • Houston Forensic Science Center, for its use of RFID to accurately track all incoming supplies, supply room inventory, and real-time supply consumption, thereby enabling better replenishment>
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for its use of RFID to track the hardware for and optimize the assembly of the James Webb Space Telescope>
Speakers: Basil S. Jeffers, JWST Lead Parts Engineer, NASA/ A S & D ; Joshua Edewards, Program Manager, DELTA; David Leach, CFO / Treasurer, Houston Forensic Science Center
May 11 10:30 AM

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

This award will be given to the end-user company that has best used RFID technology to enhance an existing product or service. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: 

  • Berntsen International, for its use of RFID in its InfraMarker System, which dramatically reduces the time and cost of locating underground utility pipes
  • Onis Data Solutions, for its use of RFID for identification, access control and security for 53,000 VIPs attending the Rio de Janeiro City Carnival 2017 
  • SharpEnd, for its use of NFC tags in product packaging to transform 45,000 bottles of Malibu coconut rum into connected media platforms
Speakers: Mike Klonsinki, Business Development Director, Berntsen International; Paulo Bortollotte, IT Director, Onis Data Solutions; Cameron Worth, Founder, SharpEnd Agency