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Technology and Infrastructure

RFID is a technology that provides wireless identification of individuals and assets. Working in conjunction with an organization's information technology (IT) infrastructure, RFID-enabled solutions can be used to improve such business processes as inventory management and visibility into an enterprise's information systems. This conference track will take an in-depth look at the elements of an RFID infrastructure, including tags and readers, as well as the roles they play. Track sessions will demonstrate how radio frequency identification is being used effectively, and provide details regarding case studies and ongoing projects at various organizations.

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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
Live Demonstration: Managing Tools With RFID
See how EPC Gen 2 RFID tags and readers, as well as GPS and cellular technology, are being employed by building, construction and highway contractors to track tools' locations and status on work sites. The system consists of a customized computer wired to an RFID reader, a GPS unit and a cellular device, installed in containers or vehicles that transport and store equipment. With RFID tags applied to the equipment, software can identify which tools are within read range of the interrogator, and thereby know whether they are still in storage within that container or vehicle, or have been removed by the construction staff. A live demonstration of the technology will be presented, providing an example of how the system tracks which tools are in use, and which are sitting idle.
Geir Vevle, CTO, HRAFN
• How the solution utilizes radio frequency identification to improve overall logistical efficiency for a movable-asset-intensive organization
• Why the system is not just specific to construction-related firms, and how it can benefit any company with multiple project sites
2:20 PM—Track Session
RFID as a Lean Tool in Manufacturing
Many still consider radio frequency identification an emerging technology, but the reality is that RFID is a stable technology that can make a real impact for businesses today—not just 10 years down the road. The key to using RFID as a lean tool is the education and buy-in of operations-level IT technicians and production support-staff members. Learn how to introduce your operations staff to the uses, constraints and applications of RFID, and gain an understanding of how the technology can make a difference in your day-to-day obligations for operational improvement.
Jeremy Mercer, ,
• Opportunities for visibility and cost savings through the use of RFID applications
• How RFID replaces the need for several workers with stopwatches observing processes for weeks or months in order to obtain and analyze the same data
3:10 PM—Track Session
Making the Move to UHF Tags
In 2006, NASCAR began implementing an RFID program. At that time, to ensure the integrity of its chassis certification process, the organization elected to utilize low-frequency (LF) tags. In 2011, NASCAR expanded the program and transitioned to ultrahigh-frequency (UHF). The UHF tags and readers are now utilized to increase the integrity of the inspection process, while also reducing staffing requirements. Hear how the organization is using the technology to ensure that Goodyear tires are read and verified.
Jerry Kaproth, Safety Coordinator, NASCAR
• How 11 chassis UHF tags are automatically read as each car is presented at the portal, instead of workers having to manually read 3 or 4 tags
• The benefits of utilizing the technology to read not only chassis numbers, but also a file containing certification measurements

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
The Internet of Things (IoT): An Update from the AIM IoT Committee
Whether it's the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) communications or the Connected World, AIM Global has created a committee to examine the low-level issues associated with the Internet of Things, and how RFID and automatic-identification (AIDC) technologies will play a part in the future. Such issues range from the global communications level down to the sensor and RFID tag level. Although governments in Europe, China and Korea have already invested billions of dollars, the U.S. government has yet to make any announcements regarding this subject, or to make a significant investment in the technology. In this session, gain an update on AIM's involvement, and learn what is happening with several projects being conducted by the IoT committee. Learn how AIM is committed to increasing IoT awareness, defining how AIDC plays a pivotal role and educating all stakeholders (including the legislature) about issues and opportunities.
Stephen Halliday, President, High Tech Aid
•The importance of new and emerging standards being developed that have the potential to change our perspective of how data capture works within the corporate environment
•The latest updates from AIM's IoT committee, and how you can be involved in this exciting area of technology
2:00 PM—Track Session
What Capabilities Are Next for the UHF Gen 2 Standard?
The original goal of the UHF Gen 2 protocol was to enhance a retailer's ability to identify, count and track items. But a UHF Gen 2 tag can accomplish much more than mere inventorying. Now on the horizon is the industry's next wave of applications, including loss identification and prevention, and item anti-counterfeiting. To enable these applications, the community is enhancing the UHF Gen 2 protocol to include these and other, even more forward-looking capabilities. In this session, Chris Diorio, GS1's UHF Gen 2 project editor and Impinj's CTO, will give an advance preview of RFID's future.
Chris Diorio, CTO, Impinj
2:50 PM—Track Session
Enabling Low-Cost Error-Free Wide-Area Passive RFID Real-Time Tracking
A groundbreaking real-time location system (RTLS) developed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK EPSRC), The INtelligent Airport (TINA) project, and the Boeing Framework Agreement, at the University of Cambridge, will allow retailers, airlines and other businesses to inexpensively and effectively monitor these items' locations in real time. A major objective of the approach was not only to overcome the limited range for the reliable detection of passive tags, so that antennas could be spaced 20 meters apart—comparable with conventional Wi-Fi spacings—but also to provide accurate real-time location data. As an output of the project, a proof-on-principle demonstrator was created. The solution, which recently won the Royal Academy of Engineering's ERA Foundation Entrepreneurship Award, could potentially save airlines millions of pounds. Retail groups have also been engaged in the project—not just for tagging goods, but also for the advancement of self-service checkouts. Learn how this solution will help RFID technology to move away from a conventional narrow-portal approach to a ubiquitous-coverage solution.
Sithamparanathan Sabesan, M.Phil., Ph.D., Research Fellow, Engineering Department, Cambridge University
• How the system will enable a wide range of applications
•Why the solution is not just specific to the airline and retail industries, but can also be used to monitor and locate assets at multiple warehouses, as well as track documents within office environments

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All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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