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Security and Access Control

This comprehensive preconference track includes sessions about how companies are using RFID to control access to buildings and networks, protect products from theft and counterfeiting, and secure goods in transit.

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-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

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April 30, 2013

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an 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 EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together

11:30 AM

Stowers Institute Researchers Shop for Supplies Via RFID
Scientific institutes typically have a complex system for providing materials to researchers whose work is funded by grants. Researchers need a variety of goods and must bill the grant supporting their research. Most institutes either staff a storage area with someone who can record and approve every transaction, or install locked cabinets, in order to provide goods to authorized individuals and create an invoice for the appropriate party. Learn how the Stowers Institute is using a fully integrated RFID scientific stockroom at which individuals can select the products they need, automatically billing the items to a specific grant. Known internally as "The Cube," the system allows researchers to shop for scientific goods strategically placed in the storeroom, compare prices and make selections. Once a researcher has selected items, he or she uses a fingerprint at the checkout station to gain authorization. With simply a touch of a button, all items are automatically scanned, charged to the appropriate funding source and sent to the procurement system for replenishment. Alternatively, if a researcher doesn't know where the item is located, he or she can use the software to look it up and find its location within the room. The Cube is designed to be part stockroom, part convenience store and part showroom, and the space enables the facility to increase merchandise diversity for the scientists, by stocking more items and decreasing costs.

Jessica Witt, Head, Research Systems, Stowers Resource Management
• How RFID allows the organization to purchase goods in higher quantities, thereby receiving better price discounts, as well as providing several product options that researchers can compare while making purchases
• How RFID scanning eliminates the need for data entry and reduces the checkout time from several minutes down to 15 seconds, allowing researchers to get back to their labs more quickly

12:15 PM

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Provides Access for Gold Club Pass Members
Big-ticket donors to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team are rewarded with a gold medallion from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), enabling them to access nearly all American ski resorts. This year, the organization’s Gold Pass contains passive HF and UHF RFID inlays, compatible with all RFID-enabled ski lifts. The pass is a gold-colored medallion that a donor can wear around his or her neck, or carry in a pocket. Donors often comprise individual companies or groups that that may then share the pass with other organizations, or with their own employees or clients. When that happens, space becomes limited and the facilities are not compensated for the visits. Learn how the use of RFID ensures that the number of visits does not extend beyond the allotted 50.

Kate Klingsmith, Major Gifts Director, Rockies Division and Gold Pass Program, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Making Video Surveillance Searchable Via RFID
The number-one problem facing video surveillance is the effort required to watch or find events. RFID technology makes video searchable, by adding X-ray-like vision to cameras. This presentation will demonstrate how RFID and video are being used in various industries, including retail, to support loss-prevention programs. Learn how RFID tags can be utilized to search for items, individuals or documents, while retrieving specific video from any and all cameras. Discover how the technology can provide quantifiable results and improve security.

Carl Brown, Founder and President, SimplyRFiD

2:30 PM

Leveraging RFID: The Evolution of Security and Access Control
While security and access control has been a core, traditional RFID application for decades, innovative uses are bringing it back into the spotlight. RFID, contactless, NFC and biometric technologies are now being leveraged beyond physical access control, and are moving outward to a diversity of business missions and use cases. This session will discuss how the security and access-control market is evolving and modernizing in enterprise and consumer markets, including hospitality, education, health care, IT, social media and more.

Michael Liard, VP of Auto-ID and Data Capture, VDC Research

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

Tracking Students on the Go Via NFC
New York's Westbury School District first adopted an RFID-enabled card system at some of its schools seven years ago, which provided automatic attendance data. Several years ago, the district also began using the system to track attendance within the cafeterias, resulting in reducing the incidence of students cutting lunch periods by approximately 80 percent. The system was expanded to control access to various parts of the buildings, and 4,600 students currently carry the cards, as well as 700 employees. Learn how the district is piloting a new solution on its buses, so that its staff can use NFC-enabled cell phones to read the RFID tags in ID cards carried by students. When a student boards a bus, an attendant will use an NFC-enabled phone to read each card's ID, and that record can either be forwarded to the server in real time, or be stored for uploading into the system later that day, once the vehicle returns to the school. Thus, the district knows automatically if a child has boarded a bus, or has failed to do so as scheduled.

Jay Marcucci, Director of Technology, Communication and Information Services, Westbury Public Schools
• The benefits of using NFC to track students as they ride buses, attend field trips or visit other locations outside classrooms
• How the technology has not only helped the school district to reduce the incidence of class-cutting, but has also enabled it to contact parents immediately upon determining that a child has not reported to school

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminars and Workshops Conclude

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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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