RFID Journal LIVE! 2015RFID 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 introduction of a valuable new RFID product or service. A group of more than 20 independent judges selects finalists in each of seven categories. The finalists are then invited to present at RFID Journal LIVE!. This year's winners will be announced at 1 pm on April 17, in the Awards Theater.
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best Internet of Things Deployment

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Internet of Things technologies to improve the way they do business, enhance a product or engage customers. Hear the top three finalists in the Best Internet of Things Deployment category discuss their award submissions; Fukui Shell, for its use of IoT technologies to enable the pearl industry to track, trace and authenticate individual cultivated pearls; Turkish Technic (a division of Turkish Airlines), for its use of IoT technologies to link technicians, tools, parts and inventory, ground services equipment, aircraft, hangar slots and other resources to the Internet, so that all information about all these people and things can be accessed via single software platform; SteadyServ, for its use of IoT technologies to make beer kegs intelligent, providing big data to bar owners, distributors and brewers.

Speakers: David Wong, Project Director, Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory; , , ; Steve Hershberger, CEO, SteadyServ
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 1

This award, formerly Best in Show, will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 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: Farsens, for its battery-free RFID sensor tags capable of monitoring voltage levels in AC circuits; Invengo, for its 24-hour, self-service library carousels, allowing libraries to serve patients during off-hours or in remote locations; NXP Semiconductors, for its passive EPC Gen 2 V2 UHF RFID chip.

Speakers: Mikel Choperena, Product Development Manager, Farsens S.L.; Scott Austin, COO, ; Ralf Kodritsch, Segment Manager RFID Solutions, NXP Semiconductors
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 2

This award, formerly Best in Show, will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 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: Omni-ID, for its 433 MHz active RFID tag based on the open IEEE 802.15.4f-2012 standard; Phase IV Engineering, for its passive UHF RFID strain sensor and battery-assisted strain/temperature sensor and logger; RFMicron, for its Magnus S chip that enables the creation of low-cost moisture-sensing devices that are battery- and maintenance-free.

Speakers: Ed Nabrotzky, Chief Solutions Officer, Omni-ID; Scott Dalgleish, CEO, Phase IV Engineering, Inc.; Shahriar Rokhsaz, President and CEO, RFMicron, Inc.
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 3

This award, formerly Best in Show, will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 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: Siemens Industry Inc., for its SIMATIC line of UHF readers optimized for use in industrial settings; Thin Film Electronics, for its adhesive printed electronic label that features memory, temperature-sensing, battery and display components; Tyco Retail Solutions, for its RFID UHF antenna with beam-steering technology in a low-profile housing designed for use in retail environments; Zebra Technologies, for its athlete tracking solution that provides coaches, teams, media and leagues with unprecedented performance and playing statistics.

Speakers: Mark Hall, RFID & Code Reading Consultant, Siemens; Jennifer Ernst, Chief Strategy Officer, Thin Film Electronics; Rich Marshall, Sr. Manager, Solutions Marketing, Tyco Retail Solutions; Jan Anderson, Sr. Manager, Product Development, Tyco Retail Solutions; Eric Petrosinelli, General Manager of Sports, Zebra Technologies Corp.
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best NFC Deployment

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Near Field Communication (NFC) for consumer or other applications. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation: Free the Children, for its use of NFC-enabled bracelets on an 11-event We Day tour to enable attendees to check-in via Facebook, post and share pictures on social media, enter contests, receive content by e-mail and more; Note: Free the Children will be presenting in the Innovative Marketing With NFC and RFID preconference track at 3:30 PM, Wednesday April 15 Skoubee SARL, for its use of NFC-enabled pet tags to allow owners to find lost pets, socialize with other pet owners through the Skoubee platform and manage all pet medical information; SM Prime Holdings, a Philippine mall operator, for its use of NFC in its e-PLUS Tap to Pay nationwide loyalty, e-payment, and automatic fare collection (AFC) solution.

Speaker: Laurent Schwarz, Program Manager, Skoubee SARL
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best 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, supply chain or retail operations. The winner will be the company that best demonstrates how RFID is delivering real value to shareholders. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation: DIRECTV, for its use of RFID to track 200,000 pieces of broadcast equipment, dramatically reducing the time required to take inventory of these items. Note: DIRECTV will be presenting in the Supply Chain track at 9:00 AM, Friday April 17; Interstate Batteries, for its use of RFID on racks to monitor inventory and streamline replenishment across a large number of retail locations; Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, for its use of an active RFID-based real-time location system across multiple applications.

Speaker: Bruce Hellen, Director of Business Practices, Interstate Batteries
Apr. 17 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 winner will be the company that demonstrates how it is using RFID to provide additional value to its customers. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation: Clarisonic, for its use of NFC technology in the handle of its Clarisonic Smart Profile skin-cleansing device to interrogate the attached brush and set up specific treatment protocols dependent on brush type; Kuehne+Nagel, to provide active and real-time temperature monitoring of temperature sensitive pharma and health-care products in transit during intercontinental transportation; RSH Energy, for its use of RFID to enhance pipeline construction by identifying sections of pipe, their unique characteristics and their GPS location.

Speakers: Scott Straka, Director, Electrical Engineering, Clarisonic, A L'Oréal Company; Terry Sell, Pharma and Temperature Controlled Airfreight Services - North America, Kuehne + Nagel
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Most Innovative Use of RFID

The finalists for this award, given to the end-user company with the most novel use of RFID technology, are: Age Steel, for its use of an RFID-enabled drone to take inventory of steel products in a 65,000 square-meter yard; NASA Marshall Space Flight, for its use of a passive RFID temperature sensor inside a Urine Processing Unit, enabling it to recover the most amount of water possible; Trigger Smart, for is use of RFID to create a smart gun that fires only when the owner is holding the gun.

Speakers: Robert McNamara, Founder, TriggerSmart; Asim Siddiqui, Managing Director, Age Steel
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

RFID Green Award

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. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation: Detroit Diesel Corp. (a Daimler company), for its use of a visual RFID tag, which saves more than 7 million sheets of paper annually; Ambiente Brasil, for its use of RFID to reduce illegal dumping of hazardous waste; Sabesp, for its use of RFID to better manage and authenticate water meters, thus reducing unauthorized consumption.

Speakers: Robert Hyden, IT Program Manager, Detroit Diesel; Anderson Namen, Professor/Researcher, Environmental Science Program, Veiga de Almeida University, Ambiente Brasil