General Sessions

16 Nov. 8:15

Coffee in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 8:45

Opening Remarks

General Session
16 Nov. 9:00

Manufacturer Tracks Scaffolding Products Via Beacon-Based RTLS

A manufacturer of construction equipment is using Bluetooth beacons to track the real-time movements of scaffolding products within a portion of its production facility and warehouse, with plans for a larger deployment. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are attached to crates in which scaffolding products are stored and shipped, with beacon-reading smartphones mounted on walls and gates, and beacon-reading tablets or mobile phones in workers' hands. An app running on the mounted reading devices uses the received signal strength indicator (RSSI) to approximate each tag's location within the facility in real time. Workers can then use their tablets, with a separate app, to locate and identify crates. Hear how the firm is saving labor time since employees can more easily locate the proper crates for shipping, and how it intends to deploy approximately 1,500 mounted beacons within its warehouse and another 1,000 in the assembly area.
General Session
16 Nov. 9:40

RFID Locates Press Tools at Auto Parts Factory

An automotive component and systems manufacturer is employing radio frequency identification readers on an overhead crane to track up to 8,000 press tools that the crane transports within its warehouse and assembly plant. The system ensures that the company has visibility into the location of every tool when it is needed for product manufacturing, thereby preventing production delays that could otherwise result from having workers manually search for the large tools. Learn how the firm installed RFID readers and antennas on one of its plant's cranes and tagged 8,000 press tools, enabling it to prevent production delays.
General Session
16 Nov. 10:20

Creating Business Value by Enabling the Internet of Things

Radio frequency identification and RF sensors are one way in which companies can link things—assets, products, inventories and environments—to the internet. Learn how RFID technologies are being added to products to enhance their functionality by connecting them to the internet, and how RFID and sensors are being employed to make environments smarter and more responsive. In addition, hear what strategies leading-edge companies are employing to take advantage of the emerging Internet of Things.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
16 Nov. 11:00

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall