Dec. 13 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Dec. 13 9:00 AM

DARPA SHIELD Improves Traceability and Deters Counterfeiting

The integrity of both U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial electronic systems is challenged by the presence of counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) in the supply chain. DARPA created the Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) program to develop hardware and software that enhances supply chain traceability and discourages electronics counterfeiting. Learn what new technologies are being introduced in this program. Audience participation in a discussion of commercialization prospects is welcome.
Speaker: Brian Griffiths, Hardware IPT Lead, Northrop Grumman
Dec. 13 9:45 AM

Boeing Deploys RFID In-House for Assembly Management

Global aerospace company Boeing has deployed a radio frequency identification system for internal manufacturing purposes at four facilities since 2016, using recently released RFID labels. Boeing's deployment of the RFID-integrated label is consistent with the aircraft company's use of passive UHF RFID technology for its own purposes, as well as those of airlines. Before the RFID system's deployment, the management of parts during assembly was a matter of performing visual checks and manually entering data in order to confirm where specific parts were located and in which assembly they were used. Learn how the use of RFID has enabled the firm to save labor time and prevent the incidence of errors.
Speaker: John Yu, Senior Manager, Automated Identification, Boeing
Dec. 13 10:30 AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

Dec. 13 11:00 AM

RFID Reduces Costs, Scheduling Impacts for NASA JWST Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using RFID technology to track the various components used to assemble the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope, a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. Due to the size and scale of the project, NASA is utilizing a number of domestic and worldwide teams to build the necessary components. As the work progresses, it is necessary to track the location and status of every single component. Learn how NASA is using RFID technology to reduce labor costs while tracking and maintaining asset inventory and schedule integrity.
Speaker: Basil S. Jeffers, JWST Lead Parts Engineer, NASA/ A S & D
Dec. 13 11:45 AM

Solution-Provider Session - Transforming A&D Supply Chains with IoT Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) Solutions

During this presentation, you will learn how RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technologies can transform fragmented aerospace and defense (A&D) supply chain operations, significantly optimizing asset tracking, inventory management, warehouse and fulfillment operations, and workflow management. Attendees will hear a case study from Tapestry Solutions, which successfully connected 50 Boeing assembly plants with its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) technologies, saving the aerospace giant more than $100 million during its first year alone. For A&D, ESI solves challenges due to advances in technology and threats, including massive data collection from disjointed systems, rapid changes in globally dispersed operations, and integration of platforms such as manned and unmanned systems. Cloud-based ESI seamlessly integrates all types of sensor data on a common platform, regardless of hardware models, transforming big data into actionable information. Learn how ESI provides sensor-agnostic integration for both brands and sensor types, as well as enterprise visibility and control of assets, and integration of analytics to facilitate relevant decision-making.
Speaker: Patrick Lubinski, Director, Business Development, Tapestry Solutions
Dec. 13 12:00 PM

A Strategic Approach to RFID

Companies in the defense sector are being asked to tag shipments to the U.S. Department of Defense and some aerospace manufacturers. RFID can deliver internal benefits, but companies need to develop a coherent strategy for deploying RFID across the enterprise in a way that will deliver benefits in many areas of their operations. In this session, you will hear best practices for developing an RFID strategy that delivers near- and long-term benefits.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Dec. 13 12:30 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Room

Dec. 13 1:30 PM

Delta Improves Maintenance Efficiencies With RFID

Many large companies struggle to manage maintenance of their fleets, manufacturing machines and other complex assets. Delta Air Lines, which operates more than 5,000 flights daily across an extensive domestic and international network, is no exception. Almost eight years ago, Delta began using RFID in its maintenance operations, tagging onboard aircraft equipment that must be managed for both presence and expiration date. Gain an understanding of how the RFID program at Delta has matured and learn how they have deployed RFID technology to more efficiently manage over 300,000 items on its fleet of more than 800 aircraft.
Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, DELTA
Dec. 13 2:15 PM

RFID in Commercial Aviation: Flyable Parts, Cabin Compliance, Baggage, and Asset Management

RFID continues to gain traction throughout the aviation industry and adoption in commercial aviation is increasing. Learn how RFID is being adopted in aviation, how these programs interact with one another, and important convergences and differences between commercial aviation and many of the existing RFID programs in retail and manufacturing. Gain an understanding of how the technology can increase efficiency and improve air travel for the future.
Speaker: Justin Patton, Director, RFID Center, Auburn University
Dec. 13 3:00 PM

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

Dec. 13 3:30 PM

Leveraging AIT and RFID to Increase Asset Visibility

This session, taking place before the Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters, will provide an overview of how AIT and RFID technologies can be leveraged across the entire spectrum of military operations. Gain an understanding of how the U.S. Department of Defense is using the technologies across all business processes at the same time, including in-process, in-use, in-hand, in-transit and in-warehouse/inventory. Following this presentation, the panel of experts will discuss the topic in greater detail.
Speaker: Hal Casey, Director, Navy AIT, IUID and Joint Solutions, U.S. Navy
Dec. 13 4:00 PM

Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters

This U.S. Department of Defense panel will focus on the importance of industry and academia partnerships for effective use of automatic identification technology (AIT) to enhance many of the DOD's business processes. The panelists will discuss the AIT efforts across the Department, their role in supporting the DOD's AIT program, and scalability and interoperability challenges faced for enterprise solutions.
Moderator: Hal Casey, Director, Navy AIT, IUID and Joint Solutions, U.S. Navy
  • James L. Alexander, Product Director, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions, U.S. Army
  • Kenneth Morgan, SAF/CIO, Enterprise IT Integration Division, Mobility, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, U.S. Air Force
  • Dominique Rhines, Lead USMC Distribution Systems Functional Advocate and RFID Co-lead, U. S. Marine Corps
  • Michael Crawford, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Transportation Command
  • Sauna Marshall, AF/A4 CIO Support to Logistics, Engineering, & Force Protection for Mobile Technology, U.S. Air Force
Dec. 13 5:00 PM

Conference Concludes