Boeing and Airbus have begun requiring that RFID tags be applied to some parts, and the goal of the entire industry is to move toward the use of tags on many parts. This follows the U.S. Department of Defense's long-standing policy to use RFID to track shipments of most of the goods it purchases. This two-day track is aimed at helping companies in these sectors to comply with customer requirements, and to use RFID internally to achieve significant benefits. Case studies presented by aerospace and defense companies already utilizing RFID will help attendees determine the best RFID technologies for their needs, learn best practices from early adopters, find the right technology partners and move forward with deployment.

Attendees with an All-Access or Conference Pass can choose to attend any session in any conference track. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 10 11:00 AM

Air Force Achieves Real Benefits With RFID

The U.S. Air Force has been using RFID-based automatic-identification technology (AIT) for a wide variety of projects, including the reduction of man-hours for aircraft locations, and to locate and track parts removed for maintenance. Other areas are employing passive RFID to support the tracking of critical USAF assets. Hear where RFID delivers the biggest benefits. and learn the best practices the U.S. Air Force has developed, as well as what new projects are on the horizon.
Speaker: Kenneth Morgan, Engineering and Force Protection, IT Integration Branch Chief, U.S. Air Force
May 10 11:50 AM

Solution-Provider Session: RFID Source-Tagging Simplified

With one of the largest service bureau footprints in the industry, SML has successfully designed and deployed RFID tagging solutions for some of the largest retailers and brand owners worldwide. This session will discuss how several such deployments were approached from an RFID source-tagging perspective, from design through execution. The speaker will provide helpful insight into how to get to a cost-neutral tag solution, as well as global deployments that help drive key benefits to retailers, brand owners and factories.
Speaker: Gary Moskovciak, Senior Vice President, Americas Region, SML Group
May 10 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 10 3:00 PM

DARPA SHIELD Improves Traceability and Deters Counterfeiting

The integrity of both U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial electronic systems is challenged by the presence of counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs) in the supply chain. DARPA created the Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) program to develop hardware and software that enhances supply chain traceability and discourages electronics counterfeiting. Learn what new technologies are being introduced in this program. Audience participation in a discussion of commercialization prospects is welcome.
Speaker: David Fry, Engineer, Northrop Grumman
May 10 3:50 PM

Delta Improves Maintenance Efficiencies With RFID

Many large companies struggle to manage maintenance of their fleets, manufacturing machines and other complex assets. Delta Air Lines, which operates more than 5,000 flights daily across an extensive domestic and international network, is no exception. Six years ago, Delta began using RFID in its maintenance operations, tagging onboard aircraft equipment that must be managed for both presence and expiration date. Gain an understanding of how the RFID program at Delta has matured and learn how the firm is deploying RFID technology to more efficiently manage over 250,000 items on its fleet of more than 800 aircraft.
Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, DELTA
May 10 4:40 PM

DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters

This U.S. Department of Defense and industry panel will focus on the importance of industry and academia partnerships for effective use of automatic identification technology (AIT) to enhance many of the DOD's business processes. The panelists will discuss the AIT efforts of their company or agency, their role in supporting the DOD's AIT program and potential future AIT technologies of interest to the DOD.
Moderator: David Blackford, AIT/ITV Distribution Integrator, U.S. Transportation Command
  • Kenneth Morgan, Engineering and Force Protection, IT Integration Branch Chief, U.S. Air Force
  • Sanjiv Dua, CEO, RFID4U
  • James L. Alexander, Product Director, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions, U.S. Army
  • Hal Casey, Director Navy AIT, IUID and Joint Solutions, U.S. Navy
  • Benjamin L. Jensen, Defense Transportation Tracking System Program Analyst, Headquarters Military Surface Deployment Distribution Command
May 11 9:00 AM

Using RFID to Manufacture Composite Aerostructures

An aerospace company is using RFID to enable a "visual factory"for it's customers. This process enables each step of the composite manufacturing process to be monitored automatically, from raw material receipt through component production through eventual shipment to the end customer. Learn why RFID serves as a critical enabler for ramping up production for the company’s OEM contracts.
Speaker: Mark Clanton, Sr. Applications Developer, OrbitalATK
May 11 9:45 AM

Delta Improves Customer Experience and Boosts Efficiency With RFID Baggage Tracking

Delta Air Lines has successfully deployed RFID technology to enable hands-free scanning of baggage throughout the handling process. Delta is the first carrier to fully integrate RFID within its operations, and tracks more than 110 million bags annually. At 84 of Delta's largest stations, readers installed at 1,500 belt loaders will interrogate each bag's tag just before it enters the belly of an airplane, flashing a green light if the bag is being loaded onto the correct aircraft or red if it requires additional handling. Learn how the firm is leveraging the technology to improve processing, reduce expenses and increase customer satisfaction.
Speaker: Joshua Edewards, Program Manager, DELTA
May 11 10:30 AM

Award Finalists Session: 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! 2017. 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:

  • Kathrein RFID's RRU 4000 RFID IoT gateway, which provides direct connectivity into back-end systems, such as SAP, as well as different options of hardware and software interfaces, including PoE+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and 2G/3G mobile connectivity
  • NXP Semiconductors' UCODE 8, which offers greater read sensitivity, Advanced Auto Adjust for improved read-performance, optimized EPC Session 2 operation and other features
  • STMicroelectronics' ST25DV dynamic NFC/RFID tag, a dual-interface RF/I2C device that supports fast data speeds over longer distances
  • Tyco Retail Solutions' RFID Fitting Room, which uses RFID hardware and software to provide unobtrusive, real-time item-level insight that helps retailers better serve customers and combat shrinkage, while enabling in-fitting-room merchandising and promotional opportunities
  • Zebra Technologies' SmartSense for Retail, which uses RFID, video and microlocationing technologies to automatically sense and record the locations and movements of merchandise, store associates, shoppers and assets, and turns that data into actionable information
Speakers: Sylvain Fidelis, Technical Marketing Manager, STMicroelectronics; Brendan McKenna, Sr. Product Manager, Advanced Systems Development, Zebra Technologies Corp.; Rich Marshall, Product Marketing Manager, Tyco Retail Solutions; Kurt Bischof, Global Senior Marketing Manager, RFID Solutions, NXP Semiconductors; Jon Reedy, Director, Solutions, Kathrein RFID