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PRECONFERENCE SEMINAR

RFID for IT Professionals

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RFID systems are not just another data-input source for a business' back-end systems. For companies to get the most value from an RFID investment, it's essential to have a robust software architecture for capturing data and turning it into information that can be used by business applications—in a way that provides for changing technology and business requirements. This seminar will explain how to build a complete software architecture, including the structure of RFID-based visibility data that enterprise applications consume, the data-capture software that creates this information, and the various architecture and product choices an IT architect faces in building and deploying a successful system.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding 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 an All-AccessConference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 14, 2010

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a 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 technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

11:30 AM

RFID Security: Potential Threats, Their Impact and Solutions
The RFID Security Alliance, organized to educate stakeholders about issues, legislation and solutions related to securely implementing RFID, will host a panel discussion and two-way dialog with the RFID community. In this session, learn about threats to unsecured RFID implementations. Additionally, the panel will discuss social and legislative initiatives with respect to RFID security, and comment on the liabilities of those who ignore security implications during RFID development and implementation.

Speaker:
Michael McCartney, Principal, QLM Consulting
Takeaways:
• How to identify potential threats and minimize risks associated with RFID solutions
• Insights into the myths surrounding RFID security

12:15 PM

How RFID Can Help You Put Consumers First
RFID initiatives often focus on benefits to enterprises, as well as how companies can save expenses or create revenue. But what about consumers? In this session, hear how consumers are using their buying power to influence businesses. Learn what would happen if consumers demanded RFID-enablement, and which services would most likely be impacted.

Speaker:
Geir Vevle, CTO, HRAFN
Takeaways:
• Using RFID as a strategic tool to get consumers to choose your products or services over others
• Which innovative and disruptive new value chains are most likely to succeed in creating RFID success stories

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM

RFID Visibility Data for Business Applications
To many, "RFID data" is what comes out of an RFID reader, but routing the raw information from an interrogator directly to a business application is a sure path to lock-in: The business application is locked into the way information is captured, and the capture operations on the factory floor cannot be upgraded without disturbing the business applications. This session will show how to design RFID visibility data in a way that decouples data capture by RFID readers and other devices from information used by business applications. The result is an agile architecture in which a company can effectively respond to changing business information needs, and exploit ever-improving RFID hardware. The role of the EPC Information Services (EPCIS) standard will be discussed, and the presenter will explain how that standard can be used effectively, even in closed-loop applications and those that do not use Electronic Product Codes (EPCs).

Speaker:
Ken Traub, PhD., Consultant, Standards Strategy, GS1 EPCglobal US

2:30 PM

RFID Data-Capture Software
RFID allows for data capture without human intervention, and where many tags may be sensed at once, but these also make RFID data capture significantly more complex than reading bar codes or human data entry. A data-capture infrastructure must be concerned with managing the tag-to-reader communication channel, filtering unwanted information, combining reads from multiple interrogators, keeping a reader infrastructure running properly while unattended, and managing the interaction between interrogators and other physical elements of the data-capture environment. This session will explore how to architect a well-layered software system that separates these concerns, so that each may be managed effectively. Such understanding is essential to selecting and deploying the many commercially available data-capture hardware and software products on the market. The presenter will also introduce several data-capture standards, including LLRP, ALE, RM and DCI.

Speaker:
Ken Traub, PhD., Consultant, Standards Strategy, GS1 EPCglobal US

3:15 PM

Break

3:30 PM

Putting It Together: Architecture, Product Selection and IT Governance
This session will outline how to put together the elements described in the first two sessions, to create a complete enterprise-scale software architecture for RFID-based visibility. With such a setup, an enterprise can define architectural plans that meet business requirements and provide for growth and change, and then use those plans to drive the selection of commercial hardware and software products, rather than the other way around. Examples of commercial products and how they relate to the recommended architecture will be discussed. The presenter will also explain the role of IT governance, to ensure that RFID is implemented consistently and scalably across an enterprise and the supply chain.

Speaker:
Ken Traub, PhD., Consultant, Standards Strategy, GS1 EPCglobal US

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminar Ends



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