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Achieving an ROI

RFID is already delivering significant benefits to many organizations around the world, especially in the area of supply chain. To attain the full benefits of RFID-enabled technology, companies need to understand how RFID can be used to improve the production process, increase visibility, cut labor costs, reduce theft and track inventory, as well as transform the supply chain. This track will focus on six case studies that demonstrate how each firm successfully attained a return on its investment in RFID technology, by constructing and implementing a realistic business case.



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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
Choosing the Right Real-Time Location Solution for Your Organization
Real-time location systems (RTLS) have emerged to enable many organizations to efficiently identify and track the location, status and movement of supplies, equipment and personnel. RTLS technologies can dramatically reduce costs, increase operating efficiencies and furnish immediate benefits, from both a return-on-investment (ROI) and improved workflow-process perspective, for the vast majority of enterprises. In this session, the speaker will explain how companies can cut costs with an RFID tracking solution, as well as steps that businesses should take in order to select the most appropriate system for their needs.
Speaker:
Ray Lowe, Senior Director of Enterprise Clinical Implementation (EHR) and Acute Care Strategy, Dignity Health
Takeaways:
• Insights into which RFID technologies are suitable for your company's assets
• How the technology can be used to gain visibility into the location and movement of assets
2:20 PM—Track Session
Lowering the Cost of Managing Inventory With RFID
The purchasing division of Florida's Seminole County has attached EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags to 10,000 of its most valuable assets, so that it can swiftly conduct inventory throughout its 130 facilities and offices. The solution reduces the costs of managing inventory to the county by 34 percent, and also decreases costs to the managers of other county departments that utilize those same assets. Learn how the system also locates underused assets during spot-checks, thereby enabling them to be put to work in another location, or be sold.
Speaker:
Betsy J. Cohen, C.P.M., CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Administrator, Purchasing and Contracts Office, Seminole County Government
Takeaways:
• How the cost of operating the procurement office is being decreased through the use of RFID
• The importance of utilizing a variety of RFID tags in a range of sizes, some ruggedized for outdoor weather, to suit the equipment to which they are applied
3:10 PM—Track Session
Increasing Safety and Enhancing Worker Productivity Via RFID
Rapid-transit agencies rely on frequent visual inspections of rail tracks to ensure safe operations. The track workers that perform these inspections, however, can be vulnerable to hazards, since they must rely on policies or procedures to ensure their safety. Although incidents are rare, the impact is often disastrous when they occur. Bombardier Transportation has developed the TrackSafe system to ensure a safer working environment for track workers, by enabling contextual and real-time alerts. The system provides access to information being used to provide visibility into business processes, and also enhances worker productivity through process reengineering. Learn how the TrackSafe solution contributes to increased productivity, while ensuring a safe working environment.
Speakers:
Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab
Tony Sutton, General Manager, Material Solutions, North America, Bombardier Transportation
Takeaways:
•   How to build a business case for a safer working environment
•   How to design applications with the user experience in mind

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
Thinking Outside the Carton: Using RFID for Document Management
Trying to accurately locate a single file within a warehouse containing hundreds of thousands of cartons of documents, stacked six stories high, can be a daunting process, regardless of how meticulous the filing system. Learn how Recall Corp., a global leader in document storage, secure document destruction, digital document management and data protection, is using radio frequency identification for records management, making the proverbial "needle in the haystack" quantifiably easier to find.
Speaker:
Jonathan Poole, RFID Manager, Recall Corporation
Takeaways:
• Why RFID became a necessity for records management
• How Recall Corp. utilizes the technology to enhance its consumer offerings
2:00 PM—Track Session
RFID Produces ROI for College
West Cheshire College, a vocational school in the northwest part of England that houses more than 20,000 students at its two main campuses, spends more than 80 percent of its income on staffing. Additionally, the college must verify student attendance in order to justify and maintain its funding. Following the installation of an RFID-enabled solution that automated the tracking and reporting of student and teacher attendance, the school is enjoying increased staffing efficiencies, resulting in a quick ROI. Learn how West Cheshire is using the RTLS solution for its current access-control and student-tracking requirements, and how it plans to expand the deployment to address future needs in such areas as asset tracking.
Speaker:
Kevin Francis, Building Services Area Manager, West Cheshire College
Takeaways:
• Best practices for RFID implementations
• Additional benefits, including decreasing student registration time and improving safety by gauging accurate evacuation counts during fire drills
2:50 PM—Track Session
City Uses RFID to Manage Pay-as-You-Throw Program
Residents in the City of Lakeland, Fla., pay for refuse service on a utility bill based on the size and number of containers that a customer selects for service provided by the city. The use of an RFID-enabled solution provides visibility into Lakeland's day-to-day refuse-collection operations, as well as the ability to monitor individual customer collections with minimal driver involvement. Learn how the municipality has increased revenue recovered from households that previously might not have been charged for the services received. Additional benefits include increased recycling, reduced landfill tipping fees, a reduction in lost operational productivity due to collecting containers not tied to a paying customer, and the elimination of a paper ticket system for bulk collections left around containers.
Speaker:
Gordon Harper, Solid Waste Supervisor, City of Lakeland Public Works
Takeaways:
• How the use of RFID inhibits customers' ability to receive free or additional refuse collection by using a container not assigned to them
• How the city increased the visibility of its operations, leading to improved customer service for residents and better business decisions by staff members



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RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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