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RFID in the Airline Industry

This one-day preconference seminar is designed specifically for airports, airlines, maintenance companies and others looking to understand how radio frequency identification (RFID) can improve their operations and help reduce costs.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through either the Full Conference Pass or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 16, 2008

10:00 am

General Session: RFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session is open to all preconference seminar attendees who want to gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include 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 Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal LLC

10:45 am

Movement from Room to Room

11:00 am

The Business Case for Using RFID in Flight
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has completed a study of RFID use in the airline industry to manage and maintain trolley equipment and their contents. In this session, learn the costs of deploying an RFID system at catering facilities worldwide, the benefits airlines can expect and the practices IATA recommends for deploying trolley-tracking and maintenance systems.

Nick Bondarenco, RFID Deputy Manager, IATA
• Understanding the benefits RFID can provide to the airline industry
• Results from IATA's most recent study on tracking trolleys and maintenance systems

11:45 am

Lufthansa Technik Improves Parts Maintenance with RFID
After a successful four-month trial, Lufthansa Technik—a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for commercial aircraft—has begun using a paper-supported RFID application to track aircraft components throughout maintenance and logistic processes. The company hopes to begin tagging each component with a permanent tag this year. In this session, learn how RFID can significantly speed up the repair cycle, as well as the challenges that must be overcome to tag parts operating in harsh conditions.

Michael Scheferhoff, RFID Program Manager, Lufthansa Technik
• Topics that must be analyzed before using RFID in aviation
• Environmental conditions to overcome when using permanent tags

12:30 pm


1:45 pm

McCarran Finds Multiple Benefits With RFID
Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport turned to RFID five years ago to streamline baggage security and routing for monitoring the 65,000 pieces of luggage that flow through daily. In this session, learn how McCarran addressed the scalability and security needs of the airport, how the implementation merged with existing database architectures, and where else the airport is looking to improve its operations with RFID.

David Bourgon, Manager, Airport IT Services, McCarran International Airport

2:30 pm

Analyzing the Impact of ID Technologies on Aircraft Turnaround Processes
Cambridge Auto-ID Lab has been investigating the use of RFID in airport operations by examining the use of RFID technologies within aircraft turnaround processes. In this session, get an update on the research project, and learn about the results found, the second phase planned and how companies can become involved.

Alan Thorne, Associate Director, Auto ID Labs at Cambridge University

3:15 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 pm

Is RFID a Viable Option for Tracking Airline Baggage?
Many questions have been raised concerning whether RFID is a suitable technology for tracking airline baggage. Does the technology work effectively? Can it improve security? What about costs and standards? The man who led the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation of RFID’s potential discusses these issues in depth, and explains possible ways RFID can enhance airline and airport operations.

Anthony Cerino, Independent Consultant,

RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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