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April 30, 2013

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10:30 AMRFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an 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 EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Takeaways:
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together
11:30 AMPreconference Seminars Continue in Breakout Rooms
Embedded RFID Workshop
IT Asset Tracking Workshop
Item-Level Retail and Apparel Workshop
Managing Medical Devices With RFID
NFC Workshop
RFID Journal University
RFID for Warehouse and Inventory Management
RFID in Harsh Environments
Security and Access Control
4:45 PMWelcome and Introduction
Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:00 PMKeynote Session:
Bloomingdale's Journey from RFID Concept to Rollout
Since 2007, Roger Blazek has been a key visionary driving Bloomingdale's and Macy's expansion into RFID. With the support of Bloomingdale's senior management and with the assistance his Shortage Control team, he developed the strategy for the retailer's use of RFID, and ensured that the project met measurable goals. In this session, Blazek explains how he first recognized RFID's potential for retailers, developed a strategy that would support Bloomingdale's highly regarded brand, obtained senior management buy-in and managed an initial pilot and process change. Hear where RFID can deliver value for retailers, and the facts every company must know in order to deploy RFID technology successful.
Speaker:
Roger V. Blazek, VP, Shortage Control, Omni Channel, Bloomingdale's
5:45 PMGeneral Session:
How EADS Group Manages RFID Change
Airbus has pioneered the use of passive and active RFID systems across its value chain to transform business operations. Now, the Airbus team is helping other companies in the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) group replicate this success, including Eurocopter (the world's primary civil helicopter manufacturer), Astrium (a global leader in space programs) and Cassidian (a worldwide leader in state-of-the-art solutions for military and civil security). The panelists will discuss some of the new RFID processes being rolled out, how they are adding real business value, and the motivations and benefits of sharing synergies across the EADS group.
Moderator:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Panelists:
Haydar A. Alhas, Ph.D., Business Improvement Manager, Eurocopter
Jamil Khalil, Head of Sourcing and EADS Coordination, Airbus
Claude Lorda, Head of Industrial Innovation, Astrium
Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
Eric Princelle, Project Manager, Cassidian
6:30 PMOpening Reception Starts
8:15 PMOpening Reception Ends

May 1, 2013

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7:30 AMMorning Coffee
8:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
8:30 AMKeynote Session:
How Carrier Made Excellent Manufacturing Even Better With RFID
Carrier, a leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. and a provider of technology to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. In January 2012, the company's 900,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, located in Collierville, Tenn., was named one of IndustryWeek's top-10 Best Plants in North America for 2011. In September 2011, the plant deployed an RFID system to create an automated shipping and component verification solution in a high-volume and high-velocity environment. Hear how the solution was designed and implemented, how it reduced truck-loading errors by more than 80 percent and how it boosted shipping productivity by 33 percent, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual savings. In addition, learn what's ahead for RFID at Carrier.
Speaker:
Balaji Suresh, Materials Manager, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier
9:15 AMKeynote Session:
Using RFID and Social Media to Engage Consumers
Retailers, brand owners, entertainment companies and other firms are seeking new ways to engage consumers and engender customer loyalty in an age in which a competitor is one mouse click away. Vail Resorts, a 2009 RFID Journal Award winner, pioneered the use of RFID and social media to allow skiers to record and share the number of vertical feet they skied during a season. Now, Vail is taking its EpicMix customer application to new levels, with automatic check-ins, photo-capture capability, a Web site with point leaders and much more. Hear how this application has benefitted Vail and its customers. Learn best practices for engaging customers with RFID and social media.
Speaker:
Robert Urwiler, CIO, Vail Resorts
10:00 AMKeynote Session:
BP Uses Track and Trace to Improve Operations
BP has implemented RFID track-and-trace technology to monitor equipment packages in excess of $1 billion as they move through the global supply chain to an oil rig being fabricated in Korea. In September 2012, the company deployed a worldwide track-and-trace project. The solution is providing important handling information, while enabling BP to identify equipment that may not have been transported correctly, thereby reducing failures in operation, ensuring on-time delivery, improving safety and limiting delays in finding particular containers and equipment. Learn how the company is managing the real-time tracking data, and how value is created by exchanging information with other project partners across a complex supply chain of aggregation facilities, storage warehouses, docks, vessels and yards, until the equipment is delivered for installation.
Speaker:
Blaine Tookey, Senior Technology Consultant, Chief Technology Office, IT&S, BP
10:45 AM—Solution Provider Sessions
How RFID Solutions Drive New Business Benefits
RFID hardware has become more reliable over the past few years, enabling companies to take advantage of RFID data in new and powerful ways. Software solutions are enabling firms to reengineer processes and deliver more value. In this session, our panel of experts will explain how businesses are leveraging these new capabilities.
Moderator:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Panelists:
Darryn Prince, Managing Director for RFID, Microelectronics Technology, Inc. (MTI)
Alan Sherman, Sr. Director of Global Marketing, OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems
João Vilaça, CEO, Creativesystems/Intelligent Loss Prevention (ILP)
Enhancing Convenience and Efficiency With RFID and NFC
Explosive urban growth, rapid moving operations, start-to-finish product tracking, ever-increasing security needs and rapid adoption of smart devices are just some of the factors driving today's global identification markets. Our global society and daily lives have become more complex, mobile and fast-paced, leading to a need for solutions that authenticate identities, secure transactions and provide convenient interactions. Discover how NXP has answered these demands, building upon a renowned heritage of security, innovation, unmatched contactless performance and a deep understanding of all requirements across segments and ecosystems. NXP's wide array of leading RFID and NFC solutions are the answer to your smart-life applications, helping effectively connect people and products around the globe.
Speaker:
Victor Vega, Marketing Director for RFID—North America, NXP Semiconductors
Embedded RFID Adds Value to Consumer Electronics
In the world of consumer electronics, the Intel Atom-based tablet with embedded UHF RFID is a trend-setter, enabling devices to perform a host of tasks they have never before been able to accomplish. Hear how embedded RFID technology is allowing IT managers to provision devices while they are powered off and inside a box, or powered on and operational; how device policies and access to local and remote assets can pervasively change, based on their location; how locking devices in the supply chain can deter theft; and other game-changing applications. Learn what this change means for electronics manufacturers, retailers, corporate IT departments and service providers.
Speakers:
Shahrokh Shahidzadeh, Senior Principal Technologist, Intel
Sumant Vashisth, Director of Engineering, McAfee
Solution Provider Sessions
How RFID Provides Dependable Management and Traceability of Aircraft Parts
Fujitsu has expanded and enhanced its automated identification technology (AIT) solution for aircraft parts suppliers worldwide, enabling the management of individual parts and the accurate traceability of RFID and other AIT tags that are affixed to aircraft parts. By attaching tags to parts during the manufacturing process, aircraft parts suppliers can capture data about those components, such as their manufacture date, configuration, maintenance service records, and compliance with the aviation industry's rigorous environmental resistance standards, as well as with ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 9-5. This makes it possible to accurately trace a part's lifecycle from manufacture to maintenance. Learn how the solution delivers enhanced management of individual parts and accurate traceability throughout each item's lifecycle, as well as a faster delivery cycle and reduced stock shortages, thanks to greater visibility of the parts supply chain. The technology can also help maximize cash flow by reducing inventory, minimizing process time and solving availability issues by reducing work-in-process time.
Speaker:
Mark Brown, Senior RFID Solution Architecture Manager, New Solution Business Division, Fujitsu America
Best Practices in IT Asset Management
Organizations from Cisco Systems to the U.S. Social Security Administration have achieved significant operational benefits from using RFID to better manage their IT infrastructure. But achieving those benefits requires more than automating inventory and audits. Learn how to plan, execute and manage a smart RFID strategy that delivers a strong return on investment while improving data-center operations.
Speakers:
Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution
Quinn Solem, IT Service Management Program Manager, Social Security Administration
12:00 PMLunch in Exhibit Hall
1:30 PM—Track Sessions
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
Update on the Veterans Health Administration Enterprise-wide RTLS Deployment
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out an enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) for its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) division, which runs 152 medical centers and 1,400 community clinics and non-patient VHA facilities. The agency is focusing initially on four use cases: asset management, temperature tracking, supply chain management and sterilization process flow management. Get an update on the VA's progress and the benefits it has seeing to date, and learn how the department is managing such a large, complex deployment.
Speaker:
Andrew Mazotas, MS, Biomedical Engineer, RTLS PMO, Veterans Health Administration
» Visibility/Traceability:
RFID Automates Tool and Equipment Rental Trailers
Speedy Services, a provider of rental tools and equipment to the construction and industrial services industry within the United Kingdom, has created a self-service equipment storage and rental solution. The RFID-enabled onsite mobile equipment pod offers flexible hours to accommodate customers, and enables workers to rent the equipment they need, while unused tools remain in the trailer. Tools leaving or returning to the pod are automatically tracked, and rental fees are assessed by means of embedded RFID tags and a fixed UHF RFID reader integrated into the pod. Learn how the pod's tracking systems automatically update a customer's account on Speedy's My Speedy extranet system, thereby offering the customer full visibility regarding its current usage and incurred charges.
Speakers:
Graham Fenton, Managing Director, Codegate Ltd.
Glyn Matthews, Senior IT Project Manager, Innovations, Speedy Services
Takeaways:
• How the solution improves visibility into which tools are being utilized
• How the system allows Speedy Services to reduce transport and staffing costs, while also providing instant geographical coverage
» Technology and Infrastructure:
Using RFID to Track IT Assets in the Financial Services Industry
In increasing numbers, banks and other financial firms are using RFID technology to track IT assets within data centers, as well as on mobile devices, in storage and in documents. Tagging IT assets requires a small tag for blades and other items, and the technology must provide accurate reads on metallic devices. RFID inlays that can be used to print on-metal tags in a thinner, smart-label form factor to accommodate space constraints are opening a door for new uses, by providing a lower-cost point than hard tags. Learn how some firms are employing RFID-tagged laptops and other devices, which are identified automatically by serial number and associated by database with the proper individual, rather than hand-checked manually at security desks. Find out why storage is another IT asset ripe for RFID-tracking at financial services firms. And discover why, when tapes and disk drives host sensitive customer financial information, tagging cases, individual tapes and vehicles that move the tapes to off-site storage facilities may be an option.
Speaker:
Michael Liard, VP of Auto-ID and Data Capture, VDC Research
Takeaways:
• How RFID facilitates comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which requires an accurate accounting of fixed assets
• Future uses of embedding RFID technology into components
» Defense/Aviation:
TAP Saves More Than $3.3 Million on MRO With RFID
TAP Portugal is the country's leading airline, and its TAP Maintenance and Engineering (TAP M&E) division has incorporated RFID technology into its daily engine-maintenance operations, developed in partnership with MEGASIS (a TAP group company), as well as Airbus, Accenture and OATSystems. This is the first time that a maintenance and repair organization (MRO) has integrated RFID technology into its production process in order to track aircraft engine components undergoing maintenance. Learn how the solution, known as Mobile Enabled Engine Repair Application (MEERA), has resulted in increased efficiencies in labor-intensive operations within a complex series of processes requiring hundreds of engine components to be removed, cleaned, repaired and reassembled. MEERA provides TAP M&E with full real-time visibility into its component-tracking process, from the disassembly cycle to engine reassembly, generating operational efficiencies and providing full and more secure tracking.
Speaker:
Fernando Ferreira Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance and Engineering
Takeaways:
• How the MEERA solution enables the firm to trace engine components undergoing overhaul, as well as tools belonging to other organizations
• The use of passive RFID UHF labels that are codified, printed and attached to engine components undergoing maintenance—a process that enables the TAP M&E engine-maintenance department to identify each component during all subsequent maintenance processes
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
A Business-Driven Enterprise Architecture Approach to Transformation
A business-driven enterprise architecture approach is essential to enabling transformation using auto-ID technologies. Learn why a purely technology- and solution-driven approach is destined to fail. Hear how Bell Helicopter was able to achieve better business results and maximize the benefits offered by RFID technology. Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell Helicopter's global workforce serves customers flying Bell Helicopter aircraft in more than 120 countries.
Speaker:
Chuck Blucher, Information Technology Architect, Bell Helicopter
» Manufacturing:
Improving Visibility in Manufacturing With RFID-Enabled Baskets
Marlin Steel Wire Products, a producer of custom wire baskets and other metal products, is employing an RFID-enabled system to increase visibility in the assembly process, to track components' locations and to ensure that a company has the correct quantity of parts on hand. Each RFID-enabled basket comes with an EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tag attached to it, encoded with a unique ID number. By knowing where baskets are located, the system is able to provide data to the users, such as when a basket has left storage and has been received at a workstation, thereby triggering the ordering of additional inventory. In the event that a basket spends excessive time in storage or at an assembly station, the system could issue an alert to management. Learn how the solution improves visibility by ensuring that the proper components are available in real time, as well as enabling users to track their work-in-progress.
Speaker:
Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire Products, LLC
Takeaways:
• Limiting chokepoints along the assembly process
• Using RFID to track high-value items, since a single component built into a product can be worth tens of thousands of dollars
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
Serialization and Traceability: What It Takes to Pilot
Preparing to pilot serialization and traceability with your wholesale distributor presents many challenges. Learn how McKesson worked with manufacturers to test products and processes within a serialized environment. Hear how the company faced a number of issues, including serialization at the item, case and container levels; the aggregation of individual units to a case, and of cases to a container managing serialized data; data exchange; and more.
Speaker:
Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson
» Retail/Apparel:
How American Apparel Leverages RFID at Stores and in Its Supply Chain
American Apparel, a vertically integrated clothing manufacturer and retailer, is close to achieving its goal of employing radio frequency identification at all of its stores to improve operations. Hear how the system enables the company to benefit from 99.8 percent inventory accuracy, reduced shrinkage, high employee morale and more. Additionally, learn how and why American Apparel has begun deploying the technology within its own supply chain, setting the standard that other retailers will follow.
Speaker:
Stacey Shulman, VP of Technology, American Apparel
Takeaways:
• How to utilize item-level RFID to improve store operations
• Where the technology delivers supply chain benefits for vertically integrated retailers
2:20 PM—Track Sessions
» Retail/Apparel:
Getting Maximum Value From a Disruptive Technology
Since its introduction to retail more than a decade ago, RFID has been used in a variety of ways, from pallets and cases in the fast-moving consumer goods supply chain to individual apparel items. In all uses to date, the technology has been misunderstood and underutilized as simply "a super bar code." Only when companies begin recognizing and using RFID for what it truly is—a disruptive technology—will its full value be realized. In this session, Dr. Bill Hardgrave will discuss the emergence and misapplication of RFID, and explore how it should be properly viewed and deployed.
Speaker:
Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean and Wells Fargo Professor, College of Business, Auburn University
» Defense/Aviation:
Brazilian Air Force Boosts Efficiency of Its Air Logistics Center
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has modernized the operations of its Centro Logístico da Aeronáutica (CELOG), or Air Logistics Center, which is responsible for managing the monthly purchase of thousands of tons of materials. In order to increase its agility and operational efficiency, CELOG put in place a warehouse-automation project using radio frequency identification technology. Learn how the organization is using EPC RFID tags to reduce the time required to load cargo, from an average of 3.5 days down to 3 hours, and has also increased productivity by 600 percent.
Speaker:
Rogers Ascef, Lieutenant Colonel and Ph.D. Candidate, Information Sciences Ph.D., Brazilian Air Force; Naval Postgraduate School
Takeaways:
• How the use of RFID has raised productivity and accuracy levels during the delivery and receipt of materials
• Using RFID to transport a large amount of cargo very quickly and accurately
» Visibility/Traceability:
Managing Livestock With RTLS
Headquartered in Germany, GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest system providers for food and energy processes, with about €5.4 billion in reported revenue in 2011. The firm's GEA Farm Technologies division, a manufacturer of effective animal-hygiene products, provides farmers with the ability to analyze individual animal behavior, sampled in real time. Learn how ultra-wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) tags are being used to pinpoint the precise location and activity of every individual animal by means of sensors located around the barn, directly to a farmer's PC, tablet or smartphone, providing a full and continuous analysis of each individual cow's position and behavior. Learn how the system provides useful data regarding the time animals spend in stalls, on walkways and during feeding, as well as the distances walked, thereby delivering an analysis of the health and heat cycle of each individual animal in real time.
Speaker:
Keld Florczak, Head of Business Development, CH&FM, GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
Takeaways:
• Using RTLS technology as an early-warning system for health risks
• Optimizing the reproduction cycle of livestock through reliable heat-detection data provided by the system
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
Celebration Health Improves Efficiency with RTLS
Celebration Health, a Florida Hospital facility, is employing a real-time location system (RTLS) to measure the operational efficiency of its new patient tower, which opened in mid-August 2011. At the tower, nurses wear RTLS badges enabling the hospital to gather and analyze data regarding staff members' movements, in order to ascertain how the unit could be more efficient. The system utilizes the facility's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, with tags that transmit data to the Wi-Fi nodes, and software that manages the information related to RTLS reads. The firm is using its own business-management software, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, to evaluate the data and determine what it means for staff efficiency, and how it could be improved. Learn how the solution allows management to view, for example, when employees take extra steps, enabling the hospital to improve procedures based on those findings.
Speakers:
Todd Frantz, Associate Chief Technology Officer, Florida Hospital
Ashley Simmons, Operations Performance Improvement Consultant, Florida Hospital
Takeaways:
• Why the system is not linked to specific employees
• How the hospital is using the data to determine what motion is useful and valuable, as well as identify motion or activity that reduces efficiency
» Technology and Infrastructure:
Inside the All-New EPC Gen 2 V2 Standard: What Can It Do For You?
Since its initial publication in 2004, and especially since the 2008 item-level tagging update, GS1's EPC Gen 2 air-interface specification has established itself as the standard for UHF implementations across multiple sectors. Whether in support of fixed asset management, container and RTI tracking, livestock traceability, or item-level tagging for combined EAS and inventory management in retail, EPC Gen 2 is at the heart of an increasing number of RFID implementations. To support a range of requirements from the EPCglobal user community for embedded tagging, tag alteration, consumer protection and increased security, GS1 has overseen the development of a comprehensive set of backward-compatible enhancements to the current Gen 2 standard. These are reflected in the forthcoming update to the standard: Gen 2 V2. Hear the latest information about V2's new and improved features, and learn why it will drive the next wave of UHF RFID adoption
Speaker:
Craig Alan Repec, Senior Manager, EPCglobal Technology, GS1
Takeaways:
• Enhancements provided by the new EPC Gen 2 V2 UHF air interface
• How to leverage Gen 2 V2's new features
• Where Gen 2 V2 will hit the ground running
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
Improving Inventory Control and Security in Records Management Via RFID
The management of information assets is becoming more critical within corporations and government agencies. Traditional bar-code-based tracking for files, tapes and boxes of material is proving to be incompatible with new and enhanced security, accountability and risk mitigation applications. Learn how Recall Corp. is using radio frequency identification for records management, making 100 percent inventory audits a feasible reality.
Speaker:
Jonathan Poole, RFID Manager, Recall Corporation
Takeaways:
• The evolution of RFID utilization from the file box level in 2007 to the individual file level in 2012 and beyond
• How RFID is being used to perform more frequent information audits
» Manufacturing:
Atlanta's Transit Authority Enhances Track Worker Safety With RFID
Track inspections are one of the most hazardous jobs in the rail industry, because the integrity of the rail and track conditions plays a significant role in ensuring that trains are able to move people safely. Inspections of the rail and track area are often conducted at all hours of the day and night, due to the frequency of required inspections, and the job presents hazards as track inspectors often walk along tracks while trains are in revenue service. MARTA rapid transit system (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) has partnered with Bombardier Transportation to utilize RFID to improve safety for railway workers and track-side workers. MARTA is using passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tags embedded in wristbands worn by employees, readers installed along the tracks and motion sensors to detect oncoming trains to alert workers about those trains. Learn how the system is being used to enable automated setup of safety zones for workers, and to provide timely alerts for train operators, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.
Speakers:
Abhay Joshi PMP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Mark Willer, Product Development Manager, Bombardier Transportation
Takeaways:
• How the system is being used to trigger warning lights when trains are within 1,000 feet and 500 feet of workers on the tracks, as well as a simultaneous audible alert, warning nearby personnel
• How the solution reduces risk for workers while improving processes, thus providing operational value for MARTA
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
Building a Flexible RFID Data Infrastructure
Many businesses enter into an RFID implementation plan hoping to realize significant cost savings, as well as supply chain visibility and efficiency gains. But achieving those goals may be difficult, as there are many application-development, integration and deployment challenges. Developing an RFID infrastructure can be complicated and time-consuming. This session will provide the practical knowledge you need to move ahead with a realistic delivery plan, ensuring that you've chosen the proper data infrastructure.
Speaker:
Ken Traub, Ph.D., President, Ken Traub Consulting, LLC
3:10 PM—Track Sessions
» Retail/Apparel:
RFID Eliminates Shrinkage at Borsheims' Jewelry Store
To track inventory levels, most jewelry stores conduct a daily count of goods moving into and out of vaults during off-hours, with larger cycle counts of an entire store performed less frequently. Borsheims, a century-old jewelry store owned by Berkshire Hathaway, maintains a 62,000-square-foot facility that stocks 88,000 pieces of fine jewelry and other goods ranging up to $1 million in value. As such, tracking expensive items is critical. Since last year, the retailer has employed RFID technology to accurately capture daily inventory counts and sales data for watches and high-value jewelry. Hear how the store, while initially using the technology to track watches, found that staff members could read the more than 400 watch tags daily in less than 15 minutes. That same process, sans RFID, previously took more than 30 minutes to complete. Learn how the firm is reducing the amount of time required for inventory counts, as well as eliminating shrinkage and providing better control over store inventory.
Speaker:
Erin Limas, Chief Financial Officer, Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts
Takeaways:
• Why the retailer chose to use a small label tag (measuring 18 millimeters by 14 millimeters) to be discreetly fixed to an item, and then be discarded once that merchandise is sold
• Future plans, including the ability to automatically extract sales data, thereby updating inventory status as each tagged item is sold
» Technology and Infrastructure:
Fulfilling Air Transport Association Customer Mandates to Commission High-Memory Tags
Rockwell Collins has implemented a wireless, enterprise resource planning (ERP)-integrated solution to write multiple birth-record data elements to high-memory passive tags for avionics installed on the Airbus A350 platform, along with subsequent requirements for OEMs, airlines and MROs to record service events. Learn about the background leading up to the project, and how the firm chose the correct approach. Find out how Rockwell Collins managed RFID integrator engagement, as well as hardware and data integration.
Speakers:
Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Lloyd V. Whiting, II, Principal Business Integration Analyst, Service and Asset Management, Rockwell Collins
» Defense/Aviation:
RFID Improves Aircraft Production and Maintenance
Boeing is a leading airframe manufacturer in both the commercial and defense sectors, with several projects employing RFID technology. RFID-based tracking and tracing of aircraft parts, during both the production and maintenance phases of the lifecycle, brings significant value to all stakeholders within the aviation ecosystem. The common thread for all of these stakeholders is an improvement in quality, productivity and maintainability over an aircraft's lifecycle, spanning several years. The use of RFID enables automated data collection, verification and validation, resulting in improved accuracy and reduced flow time. The reduction in maintenance costs to airlines due to the implementation of RFID will be enhanced with a new service offering initiated by Boeing's RFID integrated solutions division. Learn how the stakeholders are working together to maximize the benefits offered by the technology.
Speaker:
Rebecca Shore, Solution Architect, RFID Integrated Solutions, Information Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
» Visibility/Traceability:
Achieving Visibility, Traceability and Authentication
Many pharmaceutical manufacturers looked at RFID a few years ago as a potential tool for tracking drugs from the point of manufacture to the point of sale. But the technology was still immature, and tag costs, performance issues and the lack of an infrastructure to share data in a standardized way left many unanswered questions. There have many changes since those days. Learn how RFID technology and standards have evolved to make it possible to capture serialized information about products, and to share it internally and externally in a cost-effective manner. Find out what you need to know to build out a robust architecture that will scale and deliver real business value
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
How RFID Helps St. Joseph's Hospital Optimize Inventory Management in an Acute-Care Setting
Saint Joseph's Hospital, a 410-bed facility located in Atlanta, Ga., uses RFID technology and a Web-based information system to optimize its management of high-cost medical devices valued at $2 million in the specialty areas of the hospital's cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs. Hear how the system interfaces with several hospital information systems already in use at Saint Joseph's, employing high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags conforming to the ISO 15693 standard, to link items to a digital database, where they can then be tracked and monitored. In addition, learn how the system enables the facility to quickly generate real-time reports and analysis, resulting in a significant cost savings and improved charge capture.
Speaker:
Lisa Stepps, Data Manager, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital
Takeaways:
• How improved accuracy of information in an automated manner provides immediate opportunities for savings on labor
• The importance of selecting a system that interfaces with existing hospital information systems, thus saving employees time and eliminating manual keystroke errors
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
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
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
How to Manage Serialized Data
Serialization makes it possible to trace individual products using RFID to identify products, because unlike bar codes, the technology allows multiple tags to be read simultaneously as they move through the supply chain. An RFID tag's defining feature is its ability to identify items by assigning unique serial numbers to them. In this session, the presenter will explain how serial numbers are assigned and encoded, and share various methods that can be employed by a variety of organizations. Gain an understanding of the fundamentals for successfully tagging assets, as well as how to manage serialized product identifiers.
Speaker:
Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas
» Manufacturing:
ATK Uses RFID to Create
Moving from the decades-old practice of fabricating aircraft from discrete metal components to building aerostructures by cutting, forming and curing advanced composite materials, has produced a shift in the manufacturing paradigm for aerospace companies. ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products manufacturing company, is using RFID to improve process efficiency. ATK’s Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE), is dedicated to high-rate composite structures manufacturing and produces composite airframe and engine components for the Airbus A350 XWB, and General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs. Learn how the use of RFID in the ACCE is enabling a “visual factory” where each step of the composite manufacturing process can be tracked and monitored automatically, from raw material receipt through component production through eventual shipment to the end customer. Hear how RFID informs the firm’s manufacturing processes and how RFID serves as a critical enabler for ramping up production for ATK’s Airbus A350 contract.
Speakers:
Brian J. Andrus, IT Director, Aerospace Structures Division, ATK
James Morgan, Program Manager, ATK Space PMO, ATK
4:00 PM—Track Sessions
» Visibility/Traceability:
Using RFID to Establish a Secure Chain of Custody in the Meat Industry
University College Dublin (UCD) and University of South Florida (USF) have joined forces to develop a tamper-proof, cloud-based RFID traceability system, tailored toward the food industry. Initial pilot projects are focused on the poultry industry, and cover production from processing plant to consumer. The system is based on a combination of RFID temperature-logging and geo-locationary systems, cloud-based decision-support systems and smartphone technology, collectively known as CyberBar. Researchers are now testing epi-biometrics on chicken fillets. Learn how the CyberBar solution relies on a combination of RFID and smartphone technologies to facilitate the provision of temperature and location details at the batch level, thereby establishing a secure chain of custody from processing plant to consumer.
Speakers:
Ultan McCarthy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, College of Engineering, University of South Florida
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
Shane Ward Ph.D, Professor of Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin
Takeaways:
• The benefits provided by end-user businesses-to-business access, facilitated via epi-biometrics associated with individual chicken fillets using cloud-based information platform smartphones
• How access to the information is accessible to consumers at the store level, empowering consumer choice through the availability of real-time information about the food on smartphones
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
Overcoming Cultural and Institutional Barriers to RFID
Large organizations are typically slow to embrace change. Learn how the RFID project leaders at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Argonne National Lab were able to get a hazardous material application approved and deployed at several DOE sites. Hear the obstacles the project faced, and how they were overcome. Learn how the DOE has transferred the technology to the private sector for commercialization.
Speakers:
Dr. Yung Y. Liu, Manager, DOE/PCP Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Program, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. James M. Shuler, Manager, Packaging Certification Program (PCP), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
» Technology and Infrastructure:
Moving to an RFID Diverse World: Zonal Monitoring, Handhelds, Portals, Shelf Readers and POS Systems
There are currently many different types of RFID data-capture systems implemented in the field. With increasing frequency, tagged items experience multiple diverse read environments to fulfill the technology's value. This session will explain the differences in how RFID is collected in such environments, as well as the pros and cons of employing various types of data capture for building an RFID business case. Gain an understanding of how these systems can work together, as well as the conflicts that can occur, and how to tag and handle products to achieve successful results.
Speaker:
Dr. Senthilkumar CP , Technical Director—RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas
» Manufacturing:
Synthes Realizes Cost Savings Using RFID in Its Loaner Process
Medical device manufacturer Synthes is using RFID to efficiently manage its loaner processes. By RFID-enabling distribution center processes—shipping, receiving, auditing and replenishment—Synthes has saved thousands of direct labor hours, improved turnaround times and improved lot visibility. Learn how the Synthes system works and delivers a strong return on investment.
Speaker:
Mike Diguglielmo, Product Manager, Synthes
Takeaways:
• How to design and deploy a solution that improves inventory management
• Insights into the business and technical decisions Synthes made to design an effective RFID system
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
RFID Improves Management of Emergency Medicine Kits
The pharmacy department of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a 750-bed hospital located in Baltimore, is employing an RFID-based solution to aid in the stocking of medication kits transported around the hospital for use with patients in the event of emergencies. Emergency medications are used for patients who require immediate intervention. Each kit comes with approximately 25 to 50 items, and is sealed until one of those supplies is required, at which time the kit's plastic covering is removed and the necessary items are taken out. Once the kit is no longer needed, it is then returned to the pharmacy, where staff members must determine what has been removed, and thus what must be replaced. Through the use of an RFID reader station, the facility is able to identify which medications are loaded onto a crash cart's tray, which require replenishment, and those approaching their expiration dates. As an added benefit, the facility has reduced the amount of time employees must spend loading each emergency medication tray, from approximately 20 minutes down to less than 5 minutes. Learn how the system automates the process, and how it is successfully reducing the risk of manual errors as trays are loaded.
Speaker:
Adrienne Shepardson Phar.D., Manager, Central Pharmacy Services, University of MD Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy
Takeaways:
• How the use of RFID reduced labor costs, since the manual system required two workers to check every kit for errors
• How the solution has afforded the facility a better understanding of the hospital's inventory
» Defense/Aviation:
United States Marine Corps Uses RFID to Support War Effort in Afghanistan
The Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC) provides worldwide, integrated logistics/supply chain and distribution management; depot-level maintenance management; and strategic prepositioning capability in support of operating forces and other supported units. MCLC is the Marine Corps' executive agent for retrograde and reset of equipment returning from Operation Enduring Freedom. The visibility and accountability of equipment coming back from the war effort is critical to USMC operations. Learn how the MCLC is implementing a passive RFID system to increase the velocity and accuracy of processing equipment and material for wholesale storage, as well as improving visibility and reporting capability. Hear how the system is also being implemented in the austere Afghanistan environment to support the sending back of assets from the operational area to remote storage locations in Albany, Ga, and Barstow, Calif.
Speaker:
Gary Luce, Director, Systems Integration Division, Enterprise Distribution Management Department, Distribution Management Center, Logistics Command, U.S. Marine Corps
Takeaways:
• How to employ RFID to save money and improve efficiencies
• How the solution is being used to redeploy supplies, instead of repurchasing, based on inventory location
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
Open-Source and Off-the-Shelf: Using UHF RFID Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency
Although high-frequency (HF) RFID has become the library vendor supplier standard in the United States, EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID has much more to offer libraries. The Grand Rapids Public Library believes it is the first public system in North America to implement UHF RFID, enabling it to speed up checkout, use real-time check-in, provide security and manage inventory. By opting for UHF technology, the library can attain an RFID solution that works faster and more efficiently, takes up less space and costs less. The technology consists of fixed and handheld readers, tags on all library materials, and open-source software designed by the library's IT department to manage RFID read data and integrate it with the existing library-management system. Learn how UHF RFID technology automates the check-in of library materials (with an RFID reader in the return box), manages checkout more quickly (a stack of materials can be read simultaneously) and provides a security gate that not only interrogates the tags of any unchecked-out items being removed from the library, but also identifies them for the staff. In addition, hear how the system verifies that all parts of multi-piece media are present at checkout and check-in, while also enabling personnel to locate or inventory materials on the shelves using a handheld reader or a portable interrogator on a wheeled cart.
Speaker:
Marla Ehlers, Assistant Director, Grand Rapids Public Library
Takeaways:
• The ROI of employing RFID library materials handling instead of more traditional methods
• The inventory-management benefits of the longer read range offered by UHF tags, which enables the system to identify multiple items from a distance rather than just single items at close range
• The security benefits of having the solution not only trigger an alarm, but also identify items leaving the building that have not been checked out
» Retail/Apparel:
Mexican Department Store Chain Uses RFID to Improve Order Management and Inventory Accuracy
Liverpool, a Mexican department store chain with 76 locations, has expanded its RFID-tagging program, which it rolled out in late 2007 after two years of testing. Since that time, more than 2,300 of the retailer's suppliers have begun shipping their products in tagged plastic totes to the company's main distribution center, where the EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags are read and used to confirm incoming shipments, as well as ready them for distribution to retail stores. Hear how 200 suppliers that receive goods in single-use cardboard cartons are also tagging their shipments, thus enabling the firm to leverage its RFID infrastructure for all incoming products at the DC. The retailer estimates that the suppliers will apply 3 million tags to single-use cartons annually.
Speaker:
Felipe Ivan Campos, Process Engineer, Liverpool
Takeaways:
• How the DC is now able to process the receipt of 230 cases or totes per minute—up from 60 per minute using a bar-code scanner to identify each one
• How the use of RFID to count inventory takes 89 percent less time than doing so manually

May 2, 2013

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9:00 AM—Track Sessions
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
RTLS Technology Helps Company Streamline Warehouse Operations
Zebra Technologies wanted to streamline operations at its North American warehouse, and initiated systems and processes to support its overall business transformation. After identifying opportunities at the warehouse to enhance operations, the firm deployed a real-time locating system (RTLS) to inform associates picking items of the proper staging area, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in staging, as well as a reduction in labor costs. The system has delivered a quick return on investment and cost savings to the company. Learn how Zebra is using the RTLS technology at its North American warehouse, to quickly locate and ship products to customers faster than before.
Speaker:
Gary Meekma, Senior Manager, Warehouse Operations, Zebra Technologies
» Visibility/Traceability:
Richardson, Texas Police Department Uses RFID to Track Critical Assets
The Richardson, Texas Police Department is employing an RFID asset-tracking solution to monitor approximately 6,000 items and 44 vehicles, including its mobile command center. The RFID system enables the department to electronically scan and catalog inventory, and to obtain real-time visibility into critical assets, ranging from weapons and uniforms to radar systems and cell phones. Learn how the solution has enabled the police department to minimize the use of conventional paper records and time-consuming manual entries, while improving accuracy.
Speaker:
Jimmy L. Spivey, Chief of Police, Richardson Police Department
Takeaways:
• The benefits of using the system to conduct in-car inventory counts at the beginning of each shift, which reduces the time spent from 15 minutes to less than 1 minute
• Additional benefits, including improved reporting and advanced alerting capabilities
» Defense/Aviation:
Monitoring Environmental Conditions with RFID Sensors
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is employing RFID to capture data regarding vibration, as well as gauge the acoustic emissions, during space shuttle and rocket launches at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located at Patrick Air Force Base. Active RFID sensor tags are being used to transmit data to a reader and a PC, where the information can be reviewed in order to determine the sound and vibration levels generated by a rocket launch. The solution consists of active 2.4 GHz RFID tags with built-in sensors that capture the vibrations resulting at different areas surrounding a launch pad during liftoff. Learn how NASA uses the data to gain a greater understanding of the sound waves emitted from launches, and to better predict any potential damage that the waves might cause to equipment and structures within the area. Gain an understanding of how the technology may be used in the future to improve mission safety.
Speaker:
Dr. Ravi Margasahayam, Aerospace Engineer, Safety, International Space Station (ISS) , NASA
Takeaways:
• Ensuring that ground equipment and structures are safe, reliable and operational through the use of RFID
• Using tags with strain sensors (instead of vibration sensors) to measure the amount of deformation to containers known as composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV), used to store pressurized fluids
» Retail/Apparel:
Universal Studios Orlando Engages Customers with RFID
In 2012, Universal introduced The Horror Unearthed, adding a new twist to its Halloween Horror Nights mystery-based promotions. The program required participants to use an RFID-enabled card while making sequential visits to seven unique haunted-house mazes and locations throughout the park. It was used to identify, track and reward those who participated in both online and "in-park" activities. Learn how the system enabled game designers to provide an instantaneous response to guests, via e-mail or text messages delivered to their cell phones, to immediately update their individual scores displayed at a dedicated Horror Unearthed Web site, and to modify the guest experience in real time based on the RFID results. Hear how RFID helped to create a unique, interactive entertainment experience.
Speaker:
TJ Mannarino, Director of Art and Design Entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort
» Technology and Infrastructure:
Sharing Track-and-Trace Event Data With Trading Partners
This session will focus on how you can use a simple notation system to discuss track-and-trace information with your trading partners, gain agreement about the type of information shared and develop agreements with those trading partners. The notation system can be easily translated by an IT staff into GS1's EPCIS technical requirements and choreographies, as well as to code event data. This system is currently being utilized in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry to depict the movements of medications through the supply chain. It is used to develop industry-wide agreements regarding event choreographies, and to educate companies and regulators about the use of event data for business purposes and regulatory compliance.
Speaker:
Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
A Technology and ROI Roadmap for RFID in Pharmaceuticals
This presentation will explore the latest developments about the world's first completely automated RFID test system for unit- and case-level serialization for pharmaceuticals. Researchers at the University of South Florida's RFID Lab for Applied Research designed a closed-loop conveyor system that requires no human supervision to accurately simulate the actual packaging line's product separation and flow speed. The system also includes a modular and adaptable RFID station that can be modified based on an individual company's requirements. Uniquely developed test software has the capability of cycling through and analyzing the complete range of parameters for the most commonly used RFID standards, such as Electronic Product Code (EPC) Class 1 Gen 2. Hear the results of a comprehensive return-on-investment (ROI) study, undertaken to create a well-defined roadmap for cost analysis for both the pharmaceutical and perishable industries.
Speakers:
Ultan McCarthy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, College of Engineering, University of South Florida
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
Takeaways:
• How a comprehensive ROI calculator, with a wide range of input parameters, focusing on three key-performance-indicators—financial, operational and customer relationship management—can provide uniquely customized RFID business cases for different pharmaceutical and perishable applications
• How the RFID test setup for pharmaceuticals was utilized to gather a statistically significant number of data points at each setting, enabling researchers to determine the highest performance operating point given a defined set of physical constraints for any product
» Manufacturing:
Australian Oil Refinery Construction Site Tracks Assets With RFID
A global energy company is testing an RFID system from Australian firm Industrial Automation Group to track the locations of hundreds of thousands of assets at a major construction project in a remote region on the west coast of Australia, north of Karratha. Though actual construction of the refinery is not expected to commence until 2014, the RFID team has begun testing tags and readers. At the site where the new refinery will be erected, tags are already being affixed to some of the hundreds of thousands of tools, materials and components that will be used during construction. Learn how the system enables the firm to see actual products moving, view where they were located and receive alerts if anything is not onsite when expected, or is located in the wrong place.
Speaker:
Henk de Graaf, Managing Director, Industrial Automation Group
Takeaways:
• Results from tests performed on an area of the site measuring 82 feet square
• How the system has the potential to pay for itself quickly, by ensuring that work is never halted due to a missing item, and that no asset is unnecessarily replaced
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
Implementing RFID in Europe: Privacy and Security Standards Guidelines
In 2008, the European Commission issued a standardization mandate in the field of information and communication technologies applied to RFID. Since March 2009, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) have been preparing their response to the mandate, as it relates to the protection of data security and citizen privacy when RFID systems are being designed, implemented and operated. The first phase of the work, completed in 2010, identified a list of tasks for which new standards and new guidance for RFID operators were required. The second phase of the program began in January 2012, with the formation of five project teams coordinated by CEN TC225 Automatic Data Capture Technologies. Learn how the group is developing the creation of frameworks and templates to assist both large and small enterprises in Europe, in order to identify and quantify risk to client data captured by RFID systems. Gain an in-depth understanding of the existing EU data- and privacy-protection laws. And discover how your organization can mitigate risk, as well as how to prepare and maintain a record of compliance.
Speaker:
Stephane Pique, Director of RFID Industry Solutions Group, Motorola Solutions
9:45 AM—Track Sessions
» Defense/Aviation:
Delta Air Lines Uses RFID in MRO and Security Operations
Delta Air Lines operates an extensive domestic and international network, with more than 5,000 flights daily and approximately 80,000 employees. The airline has used RFID in its maintenance operation for more than two years, tagging emergency equipment in the cabin that must be on every plane and must not be expired—oxygen generators, life vests, portable oxygen bottles, first-aid kits, medical kits, defibrillators, fire suppression squibs, EPAS bottles that blow the doors open, and so forth. RFID replaces repeated date inspections and allows Delta to get the maximum life out of an asset before removing it from service. Additional projects are planned to use RFID for internal distribution, identifying and tracking tire inventory, and other projects. Learn how Delta is currently testing an RFID application to improve the TSA Security check in Atlanta, Detroit and Tokyo, with eventual expansion to the entire fleet.
Speaker:
Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, Delta Air Lines
» Retail/Apparel:
Comprehensive Analysis of RFID Performance Within Retail Stores: What Can a Retailer Expect?
The University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center has completed a detailed analysis of the EPC read environments of various retailers' stores. The study, comprising thousands of hours of exhaustive data capture and analysis of tagged items within actual retail store implementations, contains information regarding data-capture rates and the performance of the current generation of RFID technology. Hear the study's results, and learn about the process issues that retailers might need to address in order to achieve better EPC performance, including supplier source tagging, label attachment, returns, in-store tagging, store environment, tag performance, reader performance, scanning, associating RFID information and more.
Speaker:
Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas
» Technology and Infrastructure:
RFID Visibility Data for Business Applications
To many, "RFID data" is what comes out of an RFID reader, but routing the raw information from a reader directly to a business application is a sure path to problems. The business application is locked into the way that 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 by those not utilizing Electronic Product Codes.
Speaker:
Ken Traub, Ph.D., President, Ken Traub Consulting, LLC
Takeaways:
• Effective strategies for managing RFID data
• How to use EPCIS standards to manage RFID systems
» RFID Deployment Strategies:
Managing Risk in RFID Projects
The application of emerging technology within an organization carries considerable risk, which is compounded in RFID deployments in which users are often faced with both technology-selection and project risks. This session will discuss ways in which an organization can minimize risks and increase the probability of success for RFID implementations.
Speaker:
Pankaj Sood, Founder, McMaster RFID Applications Lab
» Visibility/Traceability:
Wide-Area Accurate Passive RFID Real-Time Tracking System
A passive RFID real-time tracking system developed at the University of Cambridge has recently been developed, enabling retailers, airlines and other businesses to monitor items in real time, inexpensively and effectively. The system is able to address an area measuring up to 400 square meters, despite only using a single EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID reader, and can potentially be scaled to accommodate larger deployments. The researchers devised a wireless RFID architecture that is effective over a large area without requiring co-axial cables. Learn how the wireless RFID repeater system shows that detection of the passive RFID tags can be achieved with a separation between the master hub unit and wireless repeater or antenna of up to 30 meters.
Speaker:
Sithamparanathan Sabesan, M.Phil., Ph.D., Research Fellow, Engineering Department, Cambridge University
Takeaways:
• How the passive RFID system could be extended to enable remote interrogation without the need for arrays of wired antennas
• How the wireless RFID repeater approach can allow an extension in tag detection range in passive UHF RFID over current commercial systems
• How the solution could enable RFID technology to move away from a conventional narrow portal approach to ubiquitous coverage solution
» Supply Chain/Logistics:
Using RFID to Track and Sort Commercial Laundry
Like many other industrial laundry companies, Village Uniform and Linen searched for a solution that would enable the firm to efficiently manage the volume of items traveling to and from customers. Most such businesses not only provide cleaning services, but also products—such as floor mats, linens or uniforms. On a regular basis, a delivery worker picks up the soiled items, transports them to a location for laundering and sorting, and then returns them, cleaned and ready for use. Learn how Village Uniform and Linen installed interrogators at the facility's entrance, for use when soiled items are first received, and at various locations during the cleaning, sorting and shipping processes. Hear how the technology is used to track when and how often each item is laundered, as well as ensure that the proper garments are loaded onto the correct trucks once cleaning is completed.
Speaker:
Scott Meyer, Owner, Village Uniform and Linen
Takeaways:
• How the firm uses its facility as a laboratory, constantly testing new solutions with RFID to further improve operational efficiency
• How Village Uniform and Linen is expanding the system to benefit other laundry and cleaning companies worldwide
» Manufacturing:
New Method for Embedding RFID in Paper Could Reduce Counterfeiting
Researchers at North Dakota State University (NDSU) have developed a method for embedding ultrathin passive RFID chips on paper or other flexible substrates. The embedding method involves chips thinner than most commercial RFID chips on the market today. RFID-enabled paper could be used to dramatically reduce counterfeiting, as well as improve the tracking of paper documents of all kinds. In addition, this method could enable the production of paper-based RFID tags at a cost lower than that of today's conventional RFID tags.
Speaker:
Val R. Marinov, Ph.D., Associate Professor, North Dakota State University
Takeaways:
• An understanding of a new process for embedding RFID in any type of paper
• Insights into how this novel method of manufacture could be used in a variety of anti-counterfeiting and tracking applications
» Health Care/Pharmaceutical:
Using RFID to Maintain Patient Safety
In the United States alone, more than 100,000 people die each year due to infections acquired during hospital stays. Many of these infections occur because health-care professionals failed to wash well enough. IntelligentM has developed an RFID-enabled solution to encourage workers to thoroughly clean their hands, thereby combating the age-old problem of infection transmission that occurs in medical facilities. IntelligentM's wristband uses RFID to read tags at sanitizing and washing stations. An accelerometer detects how long someone spends cleaning his or her hands, and then issues an alert. One vibration signals adequate washing, while three buzzes indicate additional time should be spent at the sink. RFID tags are also placed outside patients' rooms and on some equipment, enabling the system to alert health-care workers to wash their hands before performing a procedure that carries a high infection risk. Learn how the solution can be utilized to combat hospital-acquired infections.
Speaker:
Seth Freedman, President, intelligentM
Takeaways:
• How the system collects data from the bracelets through a micro USB connection at the end of each shift, giving hospital epidemiologists the opportunity to see how each employee is doing
• Future uses, including the possibility that the technology can be expanded beyond health care into food service
10:30 AM—Award Finalist Sessions
Best RFID Implementation
The top three finalists will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its manufacturing, supply chain or retail operations. The winner will be the company that best demonstrates how RFID is delivering real value to shareholders.

Finalists:
• Hanmi Pharmaceutical, for its system of tagging and tracking individual pharmaceutical products
• Sesa Goa Ltd., for an RFID solution that allows the company to track, in real time, more than 7,000 truck movements daily
• The Swedish Transport Agency, for its Way Side Monitoring system, used to detect wheel or axle damage and other potential maintenance issues

Speakers:
Lennart Andersson, Project Manager, RFID, Trafikverket
Gunnar Ivansson, RFID Coach and Strategy Advisor, Swedish Transport Administration, Learningwell AB
Suresh Kumar, Head of Infrastructure and Logistics, Sesa Goa Ltd.
JongHoon Lim, Executive Director, Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co.
Ashutosh Sahib, Chief Technologist, PERCEPTRON SOFTWARE LABS Pvt. Ltd.
Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
The top three finalists will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. This award will be given to the end-user company that has best used RFID technology to enhance an existing product or service. The winner will be the company that demonstrates how it is using RFID to provide additional value to its customers.

Finalists:
• BarMaxx, for a liquor inventory-management system that can save bar and restaurant owners money by reducing over-pouring
• Boeing, for a solution that replaces detailed visual inspection with the use of RFID
• Parker Hannifin's O-ring division, for a system of identifying and tracking visually and dimensionally identical O-rings that have radically different performance and functional properties

Speakers:
Dan Ewing, Senior Chemical Engineer, Parker Hannifin
Rebecca Shore, Solution Architect, RFID Integrated Solutions, Information Services, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
John Zevgolis, CEO, BarMaxx
Most Innovative Use of RFID
The top three finalists will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. This award will be given to the end-user company with the most novel use of RFID technology. The winner will be the company that best demonstrates how it is using RFID in a new or unusual way to solve a business problem, deliver a return on investment to shareholders or improve customer service.

Finalists:
• Infinite Biomedical Technologies, for an RFID system that enables a prosthetic limb to operate more effectively and naturally
• Waterloo Labs, for an entertainment application that turned Nintendo's Mario Kart videogame into a real-world experience
• Weatherford International, for a drilling reamer system that provides a simple, reliable method of tool activation and deactivation

Speakers:
Tim Lynch, Engineer, Waterloo Labs
Eddie Valverde, Global Product Line Manager, Weatherford
Martin Vilarino, Researcher, Infinite Biomedical Technologies
RFID Green Award
The top three finalists will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve the environment, increase recycling or enhance sustainability. 

Finalists

• The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for its use of RFID-enabled recycling and refuse collection
• Lufthansa Technik, for an RFID-enabled system of tracking hazardous waste
• The Riverside Health Fitness Center, for a towel-management system that has reduced the amount of laundering it performs

Speakers:
Kendra M. Honeycutt, MHA, Business Development Manager, Riverside Health Fitness Center
James Hurt, Director of Public Services, The City of Grand Rapids
Carsten Sowa, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik
12:00 PMLunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00 PM2013 RFID Journal Awards
Each year, RFID Journal selects a panel of independent judges to choose the best RFID projects. In this session, which takes place in the Awards Theater located in the Exhibit Hall, the finalists will be announced, and each end-user company or organization will present a case study explaining the project chosen for the award. In addition, the winner of the Best in Show award, given to the best new product exhibited at the conference, will be unveiled.
2:00 PMPost-conference Seminars Continue in Breakout Rooms
Advanced RFID Concepts
Benchmarking UHF RFID Readers and Tags
RFID and The Internet of Things: Delivering Data, Connectivity and Communication
Strategic RFID Workshop



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