RFID Journal LIVE! 2014Keynotes and General Sessions

RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 Keynotes

RFID Journal LIVE! will feature two keynotes and three general sessions. These are open to everyone, including Exhibit Hall Pass holders. We invite speakers who are leading some of the largest and most important RFID deployments around the world, so these sessions are among the most important presentations each year. Check back regularly, as we will be adding new speakers.

Opening Keynote
Apr. 8 5:00 PM

Marks & Spencer Expands RFID to All Its Stores

A pioneer in the use of radio frequency identification, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is one of the United Kingdom's leading retailers, with some 760 stores. In 2001, M&S began using RFID to track deliveries of fresh food between its suppliers and distribution centers. In 2004, the company launched a major RFID effort, deploying a solution to tag and track some men's clothing items at several locations, and eventually expanding the deployment to 550 U.K. stores and additional types of apparel. Last year, Marks and Spencer upgraded its early RFID implementation and expanded the technology's use to include home goods. The firm is rolling out the new system throughout its store operations this year, with plans to have all of the new Gen 2 readers in place—and all of its apparel and home goods RFID-tagged—by spring 2014. Learn why the company expects the technology's future potential benefits to provide greater visibility and accuracy of all stock at the item level, from leaving a supplier through the distribution chain and into stores, as well as an opportunity to reduce the costs of annual stock-taking—plus, the loss of margin associated with excessive markdowns, theft and fraud.
Speakers: Kim Phillips, Head of Packaging, Marks & Spencer; Richard Jenkins, Head of RFID Programme, Marks & Spencer
Apr. 8 5:45 PM

Bechtel Deploys RFID to Bring Visibility and Cost Savings to Island Construction Projects

Using RFID technology to track materials as they move through a complex localized supply chain is helping Bechtel shorten cycle times, reduce costs and achieve transactional benefits during material-handling activities for the construction of three mega-sized industrial projects. The engineering, procurement and construction of three liquified natural gas (LNG) plants on Curtis Island, in Queensland, Australia—accessible only by water—represents the greatest concentration of Bechtel projects anywhere in the world. The three LNG projects sit side by side, with three separate owners, and all construction materials for these projects must be loaded onto transport ferries and moved across a harbor before reaching their intended final installation location. Learn how the use of an RFID solution was a key component of meeting the construction schedule. And find out how employing RFID technology for material management increased labor productivity, reduced indirect labor costs and improved work planning, resulting in efficient execution of the required construction work processes.
Speaker: Edward Koch, Automation Specialist and Software Product Manager, Bechtel
Apr. 9 8:30 AM

RFID Takes Airbus to New Heights of Efficiency

Airbus, a winner of the RFID Journal Award for best implementation, has been pioneering best practices in the adoption of RFID by deploying the technology as "business radar" across all aspects of its business, including supply chain logistics, transportation, manufacturing and aircraft in-flight operations. This approach, which leverages a passive and active RFID reader infrastructure for multiple applications operating on a common software platform, has yielded significant cost savings as well as improvements in operational efficiencies. During the past three years, the company has significantly expanded these capabilities to new areas of operations across its value chain. Hear how Airbus is benefiting from these systems, as well as its latest plans for the next few years.
Speaker: Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
Apr. 9 9:15 AM

VA Benefits From Tracking Assets Enterprise-Wide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out the world's largest enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) at its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) division, which runs 152 medical centers and 1,400 community clinics and non-patient VHA facilities. The active RFID-based solution will initially focus on four use cases: asset management, temperature tracking, supply chain management and sterilization process flow management. Get an update on the VA's progress and the benefits it has seen to date, and learn how the department is managing such a large, complex deployment.
Speaker: Kimberly Brayley, Director, RTLS Project Management Office, Veterans Health Administration
Apr. 9 10:00 AM

Department of Defense Automatic Identification Technology Update

This presentation will discuss topics related to the Department of Defense's (DoD) use of automatic identification technology (AIT), including radio frequency identification (RFID). The session will highlight DoD's strategic focus on enhancing asset visibility in a manner that provides the ability to track assets throughout their lifecycle, and to transform asset data into actionable information supporting logistics decisions and improved customer confidence. DoD continues to incorporate passive RFID to enhance business processes, and many of those passive RFID use cases will be addressed. Current and future expectations for active RFID and satellite transponders will also be discussed, including the status of DoD's migration to the ISO/IEC 18000-7 standard. The presenter will share DoD's ongoing research, development and testing of long-range passive RFID.
Speaker: RADM David F. Baucom, Director, Strategy, Policy & Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command