April 30 to May 2, 2007
Orlando, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
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Industry-Specific Tracks
Retail/CPG Retail/CPG
Health Care/Pharma Health Care/Pharma
Defense/Aerospace Defense/Aerospace
Manufacturing Manufacturing
Transportation/Logistics Transportation/Logistics
Level of Expertise Tracks
Getting Started Getting Started
How to Deploy How to Deploy RFID
Executive Strategy Executive Strategy
Preconference Seminars
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Tools for Putting RFID to Work
RFID Journal Awards
Training & Certification
Demonstration Center
Mike Sullivan Charity
Golf Tournament
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RFID Investors' Forum

RFID Journal LIVE! 2007 features nine preconference seminars providing in-depth information on specific aspects of RFID. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through the Conference + Preconference Pass or the Preconference Seminar + Exhibit-Only Pass.

Investors have heard a lot of hype about RFID. Yet the reality is that some companies that soon will earn investors a high return on investment are starting to emerge and stake out market-leading positions. At this preconference, experts will provide an overview of the technology involved, the growth of the RFID industry, and metrics for evaluating possible investments. Then, some of the leading private companies in this burgeoning industry will make presentations about the opportunities they see for success.

12:00 pm General Session: RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems. The need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session also includes a very 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 RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC generation 2 standard, will be presented.
12:45 pm Break
1:00 pm Welcome and Introduction
1:15 pm The Pace of RFID Adoption
Investors will make money from backing RFID companies only if the overall industry succeeds. Despite mandates from such major forces as Wal-Mart, Target and the U.S. Department of Defense, some pundits scoff at the notion that most manufacturers, logistics companies and retailers will adopt RFID soon. Yet others say the industry is growing even faster than earlier predictions. How big is the market today and what's the outlook for the next five years?
  Michael Liard, Research Director, RFID & Contactless, ABI Research
  Brendon Oimette, Research Analyst, Auto ID & Security North America, Frost & Sullivan
  Reik Read, Senior Research Analyst, R.W. Baird
  Andrew Nathanson, Practice Director, AIDC/RFID, Technologies
      & Retail Automation, Venture Development Corp.
2:00 pm Picking Winners in a Crowded Field
The number of RFID startups has grown significantly in the last couple of years, making it difficult to pick potential winners from losers. How should investors measure a company's chances for success? What are the metrics to look at when making a decision on where to invest in both private and public companies? What are the most promising opportunities and niches in the overall market?
  Andrew Nathanson, Practice Director, AIDC/RFID, Technologies
      & Retail Automation, Venture Development Corp.
2:45 pm Refreshment Break
3:15 pm Private Company Showcase—Software Startups
CEOs of some of the top privately held RFID companies, selected by the editors of RFID Journal, introduce themselves, their unique technology, their business plans and their outlook for the future.
  Eric Peters, CEO, TrueDemand Software
  Michael George, CEO, OAT Systems
4:15 pm Private Company Showcase—Innovators
Some recent startups are introducing radical new technology that could have a significant impact on the industry. Executives of four of these companies describe their advances, their operations and their plans for market success.
  Evan Fein, Vice President Finance and Administration, Impinj
  Tom Schuster, CEO, REVA Systems
5:15 pm RFID Investors' Forum Concludes

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