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RFID in Government

This one-day preconference seminar is designed specifically for municipal, state and federal government agencies looking to understand how they can employ RFID within their operations to reduce costs and to offer better services. The seminar will provide the security and privacy information agencies need to understand before introducing any RFID applications that might affect consumers or businesses.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding 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 an All-AccessConference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 14, 2010

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. 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 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 technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

11:30 AM

RFID Puts Ferries, Buses and Trains on One Ticket
A consortium of seven transit agencies in the Seattle, Wash. area, including Sound Transit—the Puget Sound's regional transit authority—is using a system for transit riders to access ferries, buses and trains by tapping a single RFID ORCA ("One Regional Card for All") card. Many travelers arrive or leave the Seattle area by ferry, then subsequently ride buses or trains. Each transit agency has its own fare system, and paying for each ride often required multiple tickets or transit passes, or else they had to be managed with cash. In this session, hear how the ORCA cards solved that problem, using a 13.56 MHz passive RFID tag that complies with Near Field Communication (NFC) specifications, making it possible for passengers to pay all of their fares on a single regional transit pass. Travelers can load funds onto an account, from which they can then draw every time they ride a bus, train or ferry in Seattle, or in neighboring counties. Learn how the card protects a rider's privacy, since it does not store personal information, such as a user's name or account number. Instead, the system employs a unique ID number, enabling that individual to sign up for auto-loading, which deducts a specified amount from that person's bank account when his or her ORCA balance drops to a certain level.

Brian Brooke, Manager for Research, Policy and Business Development, Sound Transit
• How RFID makes it possible for passengers to pay all of their fares on one regional transit pass
• Expanding ORCA's use by encouraging large companies in the area to purchase the cards for their employees

12:15 PM

Metro Transit Uses RFID to Increase Visibility in Bus Garages
Minneapolis-St. Paul's Metro Transit is employing an RFID-enabled system to help it locate more than 900 buses at its five parking garages. Prior to installing the system—which is based on ultra-wideband (UWB) active RFID tags—Metro Transit had deployed an automatic vehicle location (AVL) system utilizing GPS technology to identify the locations of its buses once they left the depot and were driven along any of 118 bus routes. Although the AVL system allowed dispatchers to know where the vechiles were on their route, it did not indicate their locations when they were parked under cement roofs in the five garages spread throughout the cities. In this session, hear how the new system enables Metro Transit's dispatchers to locate buses or assign them out to drivers in the morning, without having to leave their offices. Additionally, hear how mechanics utilize the system to pinpoint vehicles quickly when they require servicing, as well as how dispatchers can immediately locate a particular bus within a garage when a passenger calls in regarding a lost item, or if security video footage from a specific vehicle is required.

Gary Nyberg, Manager of Technology Systems, Bus Operations, Metro Transit
• How RFID enables Metro Transit to know when each bus leaves a depot, and when it returns, thus ensuring operator time is being reported properly
• The importance of strategically installing interrogators so they could read the bus tags' RF signals in buildings with low ceilings and concrete pillars

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Cleaning Up With RFID
The Regional District of Central Okanagan, in British Columbia, Canada, employs wheeled carts equipped with radio frequency identification tags for the collection of waste, organic waste and recyclable materials. In this session, hear how the carts, manufactured by IPL Plastics, enable the compilation of key statistics required to optimize the waste-management program for both the city and the district. In addition, learn how the region was able to minimize transportation and labor expenses in the shipping and residential placement of the carts.

Paul Palazzo, Director of Environmental and Waste Handling, IPL

2:30 PM

RFID Protects 911 Center From IT Emergencies
The El Paso County 911 district in Texas serves more than 700,000 residents. Operators working at that site process more than 45,000 emergency calls every month. To prevent its electronic equipment from being damaged due to excessive heat, the facility is employing active tags with temperature-tracking sensors. In this session, learn how the El Paso County 911 District selected an RFID-based system that tracks the temperatures in the facility's equipment room and offices, and sends an alert to staff members' BlackBerries in the event of a temperature fluctuation beyond the preset acceptable threshold.

Raymond Perez, Assistant Director, El Paso County 911 District, El Paso County 911 District
• How an RFID-enabled system can function proactively by alerting workers immediately if a unit fails, or if anything else causes a temperature fluctuation, before that incident can damage IT equipment or create some other problem
• The benefits of being able to remotely view the current temperatures at all locations within a building, as well as the environmental history of any specific sensor

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

How to Protect Critical IT Assets With RFID
In this session, discover how Connecticut's New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) has installed an RFID-based system in order to provide visibility of its laptops, as well as sense temperature changes in its data closets and computer lab. The district deployed 1,500 active 433 MHz RFID tags, complying with the ISO 18000-7 standard, on its desktop and laptop computers, for tracking assets at its John C. Daniels Elementary School. It also deployed one humidity- and three temperature-sensing tags in two data closets and a computer lab, as well as a tag that senses when the door to a laptop storage cabinet is opened. Learn how RFID readers were installed throughout the school to help the district track computers and other assets being moved from one location to another.

Frank Gentile, Director of Information Technology, New Haven Board of Education
• The benefits of employing RFID to reduce the expense of losing laptops to theft, without increasing man-hours
• How the system can be set so that when a cabinet is opened outside of the appropriate time constraints—such as late at night, or on weekends—an e-mail alert is sent to the appropriate recipients

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminar Ends

RFID Journal LIVE! 2010 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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