Main Track

16 Nov. 11:30

SBB Cargo Provides Automated Alerts of Freight Car Movements via RFID

Swiss rail freight operator SBB Cargo is using RFID technology to monitor the movements of freight cars into and out of stations and yards. The deployment allows the company and its customers to identify exactly when each car rolls into a station and when it leaves, as well as the order in which the cars are coupled. That makes the loading and unloading process easier for SBB Cargo's customers, while preventing errors or freight delivery delays. Learn how the system is currently being used by dispatchers, yard workers and customer to identify freight cars in real time, and how the technology might be used in the future.
Speaker: Anja-Maria Sonntag, Head of Transformation Asset Management, SBB Cargo
16 Nov. 12:15

Solution-Provider Session: Active Tags - What's the role of Bluetooth Low Energy?

Active tags are key to automated identification and location, as well as the transmission of sensor data to the edge and the cloud. Active RFID has opened the market, with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Thread and other protocols occupying their particular niches. While Bluetooth and BLE started out in the consumer space, they are rapidly entering established industrial applications. What does the future hold for Bluetooth in the active tag market? Steffen von Buenau, the product strategist at, a leader in Bluetooth beacons and tags, will discuss recent trends and outline what is in store for the wider active tag market.
Speaker: Steffen von Buenau, Product Strategist, Kontakt.IO
16 Nov. 13:00

Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 14:00

RFID Streamlines Warehouse Operations for Logistics Company

7R Logistic, a Polish-based company that operates warehouses and offers logistics services, is using RFID in a large facility to improve the efficiency of warehouse management. Financial backing by the European Union under the European Regional Development Program has allowed the firm to install a system at 7R Logistic's Kokotów Logistics Center that can identify when each pallet is loaded into or removed from storage. With the system in place, the firm can now prevent errors, gain a more detailed inventory count of where each pallet is located, and track forklift locations. Learn how the technology's implementation has improved visibility while standardizing the information provided in the supply chain.
Speaker: Kamil Janeczek, Research and Development Specialist, 7R Logistic
16 Nov. 14:45

Developing an RFID Strategy for Manufacturing

RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term needs. This session will explain how to create a long-term strategy that can enable businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a wide variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term and achieve an ROI each stop along the way.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
16 Nov. 15:30

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 16:00

GRP Pipe Manufacturer Uses RFID to Improve Logistics and Data Storage

FLOWTITE Technology, a Norwegian company that manufactures sewer and water pipes, is tagging its products with RFID. The firm has more than 70 plants or production lines producing glass fiber reinforced plastics (GRP) pipes. Learn how FLOWTITE is using RFID technology to maintain data on its products, enabling it to offer a 50-year guarantee period.
Speaker: Lloyd Tjelle, IT Manager, FLOWTITE Technology
16 Nov. 16:45

RFID ROI to Brands and Manufacturers: Data Exchange and Project Zipper

RFID technology is rapidly moving up the supply chain to distribution centers and fulfillment centers. Some users have found a variety of ways in which to leverage RFID, from operational changes to the earliest emergence of item-level data exchange between supply chain partners, focusing on such high-cost issues as claims and electronic proof of delivery. The presenter will share four key points throughout a DC at which RFID can apply the most leverage, including potential hardware setups, data-capture accuracy and the real business value of increased visibility.
Speaker: Justin Patton, Director, RFID Center, Auburn University
16 Nov. 17:30

Conference Concludes