RFID Journal LIVE! 2016RFID Journal Award Finalists

Award Finalists

Each year, RFID Journal recognizes companies that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID) or introduction of a valuable new RFID product or service. A group of more than 25 independent judges selected finalists in each of seven categories. The finalists have been invited to present at RFID Journal LIVE!. Below are the 2016 sessions featuring the awards finalists. This year's winners will be announced at 1 pm on May 5, in the Awards Theater (Booth 248 in the Exhibit Hall).
May 4 3:50 PM

Best RFID Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its manufacturing, supply chain or retail operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: Decathlon, for its use of RFID tags on 90 percent of the products it sells, and for adopting RFID technology in every one of its 43 DCs and 1,030 stores to improve on-shelf availability and reduce shrink; Delta Air Lines, for its pioneering use of RFID to streamline aircraft maintenance and reduce the time required to ensure every seat on every plane has an oxygen canister and that none have reached their expiration dates; Shimane University Hospital – for its use of RFID to reduce the cost of managing 20,000 surgical instruments.
Speakers: Jean-Marc Lieby, RFID Project Leader, Decathlon; Dr. Akihiro Ohira, Professor, Shimane University; Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, DELTA
May 4 3:50 PM

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service

This award will be given to the end-user company that has best used RFID technology to enhance an existing product or service. The winner will be the company that demonstrates how it is using RFID to provide additional value to its customers. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: Agilent, for its Cross Lab Inventory Management Services, which helps its employees track and manage its customers lab equipment; Innovative Timing Systems, for an RFID race timing solution that is integrated with high-definition video and television broadcast systems to ensure accurate race results and enable the sharing of data with a large audience; TrackCore, for its tissue and implant tracking software integrated with RFID enclosures.
Speakers: Kurt Hansen, CEO, Innovative Timing Systems; Alan J. Brander, National Vice President Sales & Marketing, TrackCore; James A. Casavant, CTO/COO, TrackCore; Scott Thull, Senior Product Manager, Life Sciences, Agilent Technologies
May 4 3:50 PM

Most Innovative Use of RFID

The finalists for this award, given to the end-user company with the most novel use of RFID technology, are: Berntsen International, for its innovative InfraMarker System, which integrates UHF RFID, precision GPS and magnetic locating technologies with a smartphone-based asset management software for tracking buried assets; Florida Hospital, for its use visualization of data from its real-time location system to improve its processes, including the reduction of a surgical patient’s time in recovery by 10 to 24 minutes; Reichhold, for its use of RFID temperature sensors to enable customers to reduce the time or energy required to cure products made with Reichhold resins.
Speakers: Mike Klonsinski, Business Development Director, Berntsen International; Steve Hungate, RFID Applications Engineer, Berntsen International; Ashley Simmons, MBA, MBB LSS (Master Blackbelt Lean Six Sigma), Director of Innovation Development, Florida Hospital; Charles Morris, Master Blackbelt, Florida Hospital; Douglas Betts, Ph.D., Group Leader, Analytical Services, Chemist Associate, Composites, Reichhold
May 4 3:50 PM

RFID Green Award

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve the environment, increase recycling or enhance sustainability. The three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: Anilhas Capri, for the RFID solution it developed to reduce the trafficking of wild birds in Brazil; Golden Environmental Mat Services, for its use of RFID to manage construction mats and to track the sterilization of contaminated mats to reduce environmental impact before deploying back into the field; Zempleni Z.H.K, for its use of RFID technology to track 35,000 waste bins and promote recycling within Hungary.
Speakers: Steve Fisher, VP, Office Operations, Golden Environmental Mat Services; Steve Reid, Technical Development, Golden Environmental Mat Services; , , ; Paula Valerio, Project Manager, Flextronics Instituto de Tecnologia; Alexandre Gallaro, Owner, Anilhas Capri ; Oszkár Vámosi, Project Manager, Zempleni Z.H.K.
May 4 3:50 PM

Best Internet of Things Deployment

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Internet of Things technologies to improve the way they do business, enhance a product or engage customers. The three finalists, selected by a group of independent judges, are: Hospital de la Vega, for its use of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and an IOT platform to track the locations of patients, staff and assets and share that data with hospital administrators and relatives; Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, for its use of passive UHF RFID to track 7,000 workers and ensure their safe evacuation in case of an emergency; LAMSAC, for its use of RFID technology to track traffic congestion and share it in real time with drivers.
Speakers: Javier Andrés Polti Figallo, Gerente de Tecnología de la Información, LAMSAC; Elena Gonzalez, Director of Emergency Nursing , Hospital de la Vega Lorenzo
May 4 3:50 PM

Best New Product, Group 1

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 1 are: EM Microelectronic, for is EM4423 Dual Frequency RFID Chip, which combines passive HF and passive UHF technologies; Graphene Security, for its Graphene Security Light system, which includes passive UHF tags with printed antennas made of graphene ink, and reader antennas that can printed on paper to fit any geometry and can be embedded into commercial LED light panels; MetraLabs, for TORY, its fully automated mobile inventory robot, which can navigate a store and take inventory more reliably than store associates.
Speakers: Thanasis Georgiou, Ph.D, Vice President, Graphene Security Ltd.; Hugues Blangy, RFID Business Unit Leader, EM Microelectronic; Christian Reuther, Senior Software Architect, MetraLabs GmbH
May 4 3:50 PM

Best New Product, Group 2

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 2 are: Monsoon RF, for its “Lantern”: All-In-One RFID Reader, which aims to make installing an RFID reader as easy as replacing a light bulb; Phase IV Engineering, for its RFID Sensor Reader, which is designed to collect accurate data from passive RFID sensor tags; and SMARTRAC Technologies, for its Sensor Tadpole, a passive UHF sensor that can detect the presence of moisture and send that information to an ordinary RFID reader.
Speakers: Scott Dalgleish, CEO, Phase IV Engineering, Inc.; John T. Armstrong, CEO, MonsoonRF, Inc.; Lauri Hyytinen, Head of Segment Automotive, SMARTRAC N.V.
May 4 3:50 PM

Best New Product, Group 3

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 3 are: SML, for its Clarity 3.x retail software platform, which is designed to be flexible, scalable and cover virtually all retail business processes; Tyco Retail Solutions, for its Sensormatic Synergy Series, an intelligent, modular, and network-enabled loss prevention system that combines acousto-magnetic/RFID detection and video; View Technologies, for its View Echo Smart Antennas and Platform, which read tags at up to 150 feet and locate tagged items in a three-dimensional space; and Zebra Technologies for its RFD8500 Handheld Sled Reader, which links to almost any smartphone, to enable quick and easy cycle counting.
Speakers: Altaf Mulla, Director, RFID Product Management, Zebra Technologies Corp.; Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML ; Steve Hudson, President, View Technologies; Chad Gundlach, Sr. Product Manager RFID Solutions, Tyco Retail Solutions
May 4 3:50 PM

Best NFC Deployment

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of Near Field Communication (NFC) for consumer or other applications. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. They are: CBRE, for its use of NFC tags in London’s CityPoint office building to track keys, monitor security patrols and secure entrances and exits to the building; Evenko, for its use of NFC to create a heightened, connected, interactive and social-media worthy experience for patrons during Canada’s largest music festival; Target, for its use of NFC in its Target Wonderland popup store to transform the in-store shopping experience.
Speaker: Pat Sandrin, Senior Project Manager, Marketing, Evenko