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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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May 1, 2013

1:30 PM—Track Session
Using RFID to Track IT Assets in the Financial Services Industry
In increasing numbers, banks and other financial firms are using RFID technology to track IT assets within data centers, as well as on mobile devices, in storage and in documents. Tagging IT assets requires a small tag for blades and other items, and the technology must provide accurate reads on metallic devices. RFID inlays that can be used to print on-metal tags in a thinner, smart-label form factor to accommodate space constraints are opening a door for new uses, by providing a lower-cost point than hard tags. Learn how some firms are employing RFID-tagged laptops and other devices, which are identified automatically by serial number and associated by database with the proper individual, rather than hand-checked manually at security desks. Find out why storage is another IT asset ripe for RFID-tracking at financial services firms. And discover why, when tapes and disk drives host sensitive customer financial information, tagging cases, individual tapes and vehicles that move the tapes to off-site storage facilities may be an option.
Michael Liard, VP of Auto-ID and Data Capture, VDC Research
• How RFID facilitates comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which requires an accurate accounting of fixed assets
• Future uses of embedding RFID technology into components
2:20 PM—Track Session
Inside the All-New EPC Gen 2 V2 Standard: What Can It Do For You?
Since its initial publication in 2004, and especially since the 2008 item-level tagging update, GS1's EPC Gen 2 air-interface specification has established itself as the standard for UHF implementations across multiple sectors. Whether in support of fixed asset management, container and RTI tracking, livestock traceability, or item-level tagging for combined EAS and inventory management in retail, EPC Gen 2 is at the heart of an increasing number of RFID implementations. To support a range of requirements from the EPCglobal user community for embedded tagging, tag alteration, consumer protection and increased security, GS1 has overseen the development of a comprehensive set of backward-compatible enhancements to the current Gen 2 standard. These are reflected in the forthcoming update to the standard: Gen 2 V2. Hear the latest information about V2's new and improved features, and learn why it will drive the next wave of UHF RFID adoption
Craig Alan Repec, Senior Manager, EPCglobal Technology, GS1
• Enhancements provided by the new EPC Gen 2 V2 UHF air interface
• How to leverage Gen 2 V2's new features
• Where Gen 2 V2 will hit the ground running
3:10 PM—Track Session
Fulfilling Air Transport Association Customer Mandates to Commission High-Memory Tags
Rockwell Collins has implemented a wireless, enterprise resource planning (ERP)-integrated solution to write multiple birth-record data elements to high-memory passive tags for avionics installed on the Airbus A350 platform, along with subsequent requirements for OEMs, airlines and MROs to record service events. Learn about the background leading up to the project, and how the firm chose the correct approach. Find out how Rockwell Collins managed RFID integrator engagement, as well as hardware and data integration.
Todd Boyle, Material and Process Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Lloyd V. Whiting, II, Principal Business Integration Analyst, Service and Asset Management, Rockwell Collins
4:00 PM—Track Session
Moving to an RFID Diverse World: Zonal Monitoring, Handhelds, Portals, Shelf Readers and POS Systems
There are currently many different types of RFID data-capture systems implemented in the field. With increasing frequency, tagged items experience multiple diverse read environments to fulfill the technology's value. This session will explain the differences in how RFID is collected in such environments, as well as the pros and cons of employing various types of data capture for building an RFID business case. Gain an understanding of how these systems can work together, as well as the conflicts that can occur, and how to tag and handle products to achieve successful results.
Dr. Senthilkumar CP , Technical Director—RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas

May 2, 2013

9:00 AM—Track Session
Sharing Track-and-Trace Event Data With Trading Partners
This session will focus on how you can use a simple notation system to discuss track-and-trace information with your trading partners, gain agreement about the type of information shared and develop agreements with those trading partners. The notation system can be easily translated by an IT staff into GS1's EPCIS technical requirements and choreographies, as well as to code event data. This system is currently being utilized in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry to depict the movements of medications through the supply chain. It is used to develop industry-wide agreements regarding event choreographies, and to educate companies and regulators about the use of event data for business purposes and regulatory compliance.
Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
9:45 AM—Track Session
RFID Visibility Data for Business Applications
To many, "RFID data" is what comes out of an RFID reader, but routing the raw information from a reader directly to a business application is a sure path to problems. The business application is locked into the way that information is captured, and the capture operations on the factory floor cannot be upgraded without disturbing the business applications. This session will show how to design RFID visibility data in a way that decouples data capture by RFID readers and other devices from information used by business applications. The result is an agile architecture in which a company can effectively respond to changing business information needs, and exploit ever-improving RFID hardware. The role of the EPC Information Services (EPCIS) standard will be discussed, and the presenter will explain how that standard can be used effectively, even in closed-loop applications and by those not utilizing Electronic Product Codes.
Ken Traub, Ph.D., President, Ken Traub Consulting, LLC
• Effective strategies for managing RFID data
• How to use EPCIS standards to manage RFID systems

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