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PRECONFERENCE SEMINAR

RFID in the Food Chain

This preconference seminar is designed to educate growers, distributors and producers of food and food products, as well as systems integrators and other implementers, about the benefits of using RFID to track the location and monitor the temperature of food as it moves through the supply chain. The seminar explains the current state of RFID technology, and how your organization can deploy it to achieve such benefits today.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through All Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.




What You Will Learn From This Track:
• The benefits of employing radio frequency identification for inventory management
• Lessons learned and best practices involving the deployment of RFID in a restaurant setting
• The benefits of tracking food products from farm to customer
• How to create a system for tracking food across the entire supply chain
• The benefits of utilizing RFID to replace a manual, paper-based system requiring workers to visually search for numbers printed on ear tags
• How radio frequency identification can be used in a breeding program
• The business and functional approaches of handling both compliance and value tracing
• Insights into pilots that are currently underway to provide traceability within important food value chains in Norway (beef, grains, fish, dairy, and fruit and vegetables)
• The use of RFID and other technologies to improve the efficiency of electronic traceability
• How smart RFID tags minimize labor costs by having workers focus on other important issues instead of on preparing for random inspections
• Utilizing RFID to capture and transmit real-time environmental data, including temperature, thereby enabling corrective actions to be taken before products are irrevocably damaged

April 27, 2009

10:30 am

RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems. The need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session also includes a very brief overview of the EPCglobal Network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC generation 2 standard, will be presented.

11:30 am

Protecting the Food Chain With Electronic Traceability
The Norwegian eTraceability Project is a national joint project between the Norwegian government and the food industry to develop and implement national electronic traceability in the food value chain by the end of 2010. In this session, hear how the Ministries of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, and Health and Care Services are collaborating with the nation's Food Safety Authorities, primary food producers, and the retail and wholesale industry to have efficient electronic traceability in place by the end of 2010.

Speaker:
Geir Kuvas, Project Director, Norwegian Department of Agriculture
Takeaways:
• The business and functional approaches of handling both compliance and value tracing
• Insights into pilots that are currently underway to provide traceability within important food value chains in Norway (beef, grains, fish, dairy, and fruit and vegetables)
• The use of RFID and other technologies to improve the efficiency of electronic traceability

12:15 pm

Lessons Learned From RFID Case Studies: Using RFID Applications to Manage Perishable Products
Tracking food products can easily be accomplished with various types of serialization technologies, such as bar codes. However, bar codes lack the benefits offered by RFID, which allows for the collection of valuable information without human intervention, and provides a reduction in human errors, a decrease in labor costs and an increase in ROI for product tracking. In this session, hear how suppliers and retailers are managing perishable products by "first expired, first out" (FEFO) prioritizing, rather than by the traditional "first in, first out" (FIFO) method. Learn how these companies are employing RFID to reduce waste, improve product quality consistency and optimize labor.

Speaker:
Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D., Director, Cold Chain Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Takeaways:
• How smart RFID tags minimize labor costs by having workers focus on other important issues instead of on preparing for random inspections
• Utilizing RFID to capture and transmit real-time environmental data, including temperature, thereby enabling corrective actions to be taken before products are irrevocably damaged

1:00 pm

Lunch

1:45 pm

Using RFID to Track Food from Farm to Fork
Nortura, a Norwegian meat producer is taking advantage of RFID's ability to provide detailed product information, as well as increased visibility and efficiency. At the farm, young animals are tagged for identification and classification. At the production site, RFID tags identify the age and origin of specific animals. And on the cutting line, meat parts are identified according to their type, weight and nutritional characteristics. Learn how RFID saves time and money by automating the collection of this data.

Speaker:
Geir Vevle, CTO, HRAFN
Takeaways:
• The benefits of tracking food products from farm to customer
• How to create a system for tracking food across the entire supply chain

2:30 pm

A New Flavor for Real-time Inventory Management
Blue C Sushi is one of the leading Japanese kaiten sushi bars in the United States. In this case-study presentation, the company will offer a fresh perspective on RFID supply chain management. The session will cover a unique deployment of Intermec's RFID technology that enabled the restaurant to monitor the quality of food being served, as well as reduce food waste, and improve the customer experience by providing a more personalized approach to service. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into why RFID was the right technology to solve this particular business problem.

Speaker:
James Allard, Co,Founder, President, CEO, Director, Blue C Sushi
Takeaways:
• The benefits of employing radio frequency identification for inventory management
• Lessons learned and best practices involving the deployment of RFID in a restaurant setting

3:15 pm

Break

3:30 pm

Using RFID to Identify and Track Livestock
Costa View Farms, located in Madera, Calif., first began employing RFID approximately four years ago, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began investigating the technology to monitor poultry and livestock populations so it could more quickly and effectively trace animal diseases to the source in the event of a breakout. Although the USDA has not yet mandated the use of an animal identification system, Costa View Farms has tagged more than 6,000 dairy cows with passive RFID transponders encoded with unique ID numbers. Learn how the identification system has saved the farm's workers countless hours previously spent searching for and treating cows, while also improving its animal records and boosting milk production.

Speaker:
Larry Pietrowski, Co-Owner, Costa View Farms
Takeaways:
• The benefits of utilizing RFID to replace a manual, paper-based system requiring workers to visually search for numbers printed on ear tags
• How radio frequency identification can be used in a breeding program


RFID Journal LIVE! 2009 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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