RFID-Enabled Smart Products

From appliances and luxury consumer goods to medical devices and home energy management systems, RFID technology is being used for a variety of applications. In this preconference seminar, hear about the current state of RFID technology and learn how companies are adding smart functionality to household appliances, thermostats, automobiles, office equipment, health-care devices and building infrastructure. 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.

Apr. 15 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.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Apr. 15 11:30 AM

"Smart Life" Products Made More Intelligent and Relevant With RFID

RFID technology is revolutionizing products by providing dramatic improvements in functionality and performance. These smart, connected products have become complex systems combining hardware, sensors, data storage, software and connectivity. Learn how RFID, NFC and sensors are making smart objects, smart appliances, smart devices and smart personal accessories more intelligent and more relevant. This session will highlight some of the key trends for smart products, provide examples of available solutions, suggest which areas of our lives are being made smarter, discuss what technology improvements are needed and take a look into the future, as we evolve from smarter lives to smarter cities to a smarter planet.
Speaker: Michael Liard, Industry Analyst, Liard Research & Consulting
Apr. 15 12:15 PM

Lunch

Apr. 15 1:00 PM

Clarisonic Customizes User Experience With RFID

Clarisonic, a pioneer in sonic cleansing and transformative skincare, has launched the Smart Profile for face and body cleansing. Initially sold through skincare professionals and now available in retail channels, the system incorporates RFID technology to allow brush-to-handle communication. Smart, RFID-enabled brushes allow the cleansing brush head to communicate directly with the device to customize specific protocols and adjust timing and power for an optimal, customized sonic cleansing experience. RFID technology also enables this device to track brush head usage and prompts users when it is time to change their brush head.
Speaker: Scott Straka, Director, Electrical Engineering, Clarisonic, A L'Oréal Company
Apr. 15 1:45 PM

Smart System Uses RFID to Authenticate Medications

Integrated Line Technologies (ILT), a provider of caps for vials, pharmaceutical bottles and test tubes, is using RFID technology in a version of its products that will enable customers to read built-in RFID tags on cap liners and thereby prove that an item is authentic, as well as create and track an electronic history of the product inside a container. The firm uses EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tags built into the cap liners and in well mats (rubber mats with recesses to store fluids or other contents), as well as a software-as-a-service hosted server that users can access to learn data about a tag and the specific vial linked to it. Learn how the system is efficiently identifying each vial, as well as what is in it and its history, and how it ensures that a medication or other product is not counterfeit.
Speaker: Lenny Diaz, Vice President, Integrated Liner Technologies
Apr. 15 2:30 PM

Break

Apr. 15 2:45 PM

Powering the Internet of Things and Customer Experiences Via NFC and RFID

Zebra Technologies, a global leader in products and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations' assets, people and transactions, will provide insights into how NFC technology is used in its printer products, and how this enables real-time support and instructions for users. Learn how the Internet of Things will change customer experiences and engagement across multiple verticals, and see some early use cases on Zebra's IoT platform, Zatar.
Speakers: Michael Fein, Senior Product Manager, RFID , Zebra Technologies Corp.; Adebayo Onigbanjo, Director of Product Marketing, Zatar IoT Platform, Zebra Technologies Corp.
Apr. 15 3:30 PM

Protecting Brand Loyalty With NFC RFID

Arjowiggins, one of the largest paper manufacturers worldwide, has developed a paper product with integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags. The product, known as PowerCoat Alive, provides users with uniform NFC-tagged paper sheets that can be modified as necessary for use on packaging, labels, business cards or other paper-based products that can be tracked electronically. Learn how the product is being used for brand protection or loyalty, and how it is being marketed to brand owners, retailers and other potential users.
Speaker: Michael Carlisle, Business Development Manager, North America, Arjowiggins Creative Papers
Apr. 15 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends