RFID Journal LIVE! 2014TracksVisibility/Traceability


RFID is the only automatic-identification technology that is truly automatic. It can, therefore, collect data at a far lower cost than bar codes and other systems, providing an unprecedented level of product visibility and traceability. This track will focus on how companies are deploying visibility and traceability, as well as the benefits that visibility provides.

Apr. 9 1:30 PM

Improving Visibility of Road Sensors With RFID

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is employing passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tags to help it better identify the exact locations of the buried sensors it uses to test various road-construction materials and processes. The sensors, which measure strain and pressure levels, are used to test the performance of a variety of roadway materials, mixes and pavement design methods, as part of the agency's MnROAD project. In the past, to determine the sensors' exact locations, MnROAD would use a survey crew, as well as measurements from control points along the roadway. The team learned that neither of these methods is foolproof in determining a sensor's exact location on the pavement's surface, for a number of reasons. Learn how MnROAD is using RFID tags to accurately locate its roadway sensors, enabling it to better understand the relationship between sensor location and its response to traffic loading.
Speaker: Robert Strommen, Research Systems Integrator, Minnesota Department of Transportation


  • Future use cases for RFID by the agency
  • How RFID technology can be used to make roads last longer, perform better, cost less to build and maintain, be constructed faster and have minimal impact on the environment
Apr. 9 2:20 PM

Smarter Operations in High Tech With RFID

Applied Materials (AMAT) is a provider of equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, flat-panel display, solar photovoltaic products and related industries. AMAT's Metal Deposition Products (MDP) group has transformed its lab operations by deploying an RFID-based asset-visibility solution. The company has optimized the utilization of its assets, reduced unnecessary purchases, improved productivity and minimized compliance risks, by effectively tracking the identity, location, movement, status, ownership and service-management parameters of its equipment, components and consumables. Learn more about MDP's experiences with deploying an enterprise-class asset-visibility solution for smarter engineering operations.
Speaker: Dinesh Saigal, Senior Manager, Applications Laboratory, Applied Materials
Apr. 9 3:10 PM

Using RFID to Enhance Worker Safety

Track inspections are one of the most hazardous jobs in the rail industry, because the integrity of the rail and track conditions plays a significant role in ensuring that trains are able to move people safely. Inspections of the rail and track area are often conducted at all hours of the day and night, due to the frequency of required inspections, and the job presents hazards as track inspectors often walk along tracks while trains are in revenue service. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has partnered with Bombardier Transportation to utilize RFID to improve safety for railway workers and track-side workers. MARTA is using passive high-frequency (HF) RFID tags embedded in wristbands worn by employees, as well as readers installed along the tracks and motion sensors to detect oncoming trains to alert workers about those trains. Learn how the system is being used to enable the automated setup of safety zones for workers, and to provide timely alerts for train operators, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.
Speakers: Mark Willer, Product Development Manager, Bombardier Transportation; Abhay Joshi PMP, LEED AP, Project Manager, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority


  • How the system is being used to trigger warning lights when trains are within 1,000 feet and 500 feet of workers on the tracks, as well as a simultaneous audible alert, warning nearby personnel
  • How the solution reduces risk for workers while improving processes, thus providing operational value for MARTA
Apr. 9 4:00 PM

Tracking Tools Via RTLS

CribMaster, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, has combined its existing passive RFID tracking technology for the industrial market with Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags and real-time location system (RTLS) software. The Live Tracking solution enables product manufacturers, mine operators and other users of CribMaster's storage cabinets to identify the real-time location of assets and personnel. Learn how a staff member can wear an active badge indicating his or her identity, as well as authorized activities linked to the badge's unique ID number. The worker could then check out a tool from a CribMaster cabinet using the badge ID. CribMaster software would be updated to indicate the worker had removed that item. If it was not returned, management could access the CribMaster software to identify who had that asset, use the RTLS data from the badge to determine where the employee was located, and proceed to that location to retrieve the tool.
Speakers: Chris White, Product Acceptance Manager, CribMaster; Mike Ratteree, Product Acceptance Project Manager, CribMaster


  • How businesses can use the Live Tracking solution to track small tools or other items fitted with smaller, less expensive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive tags
  • How the solution also enables users to obtain real-time location data regarding larger or high-value items
Apr. 10 9:00 AM

Authenticating and Identifying Cultured Pearls With RFID

Pearl cultivators, wholesalers and pearl jewelry retailers have long been affected by the lack of traceability in pearls and the inability to distinguish between variations of similar-looking pearls. Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory, a Hong Kong provider of equipment and services to the pearl industry, has successfully developed a solution consisting of a tiny radio frequency identification tag embedded in a pearl's nucleus that could transmit an ID number to an RFID reader. The tag makes it possible for pearl farmers, wholesalers, retailers and customers to identify and track a pearl 9 millimeters (0.4 inch) or more in diameter, from its origins as a nucleus until a customer's purchase of the harvested pearl. Learn how the technology is currently being used to prove the pearls' authenticity, origins and history, as well as future plans to develop a database that would contain information about the tagged pearls and share it with participating supply chain members.
Speaker: David Wong, Project Director, Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory
Apr. 10 9:45 AM

Using RFID for Adaptive and Dynamic Shelf-Life Estimation

First Strike Rations (FSRs), designed by the U.S. Army for highly mobile and high-intensity combat situations, have a two-year shelf life at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is critical to quantify a decrease in FSR quality after exposure to extended periods of high temperatures during transit and storage, in order to ensure a combatant's safety and security. In this session, learn how researchers at the University of South Florida Polytechnic are utilizing novel statistical tools to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) identify the most accurate and reliable RFID temperature sensors and technologies in a state-of-the-art test environment. In addition, hear about a smart, adaptive mathematical procedure developed to avoid some of the technology's well-known limitations, such as its susceptibility to the presence of metals and liquids, while accurately estimating an FSR's remaining shelf life.
Speaker: Dr. Ismail Uysal, Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida