Technology and Infrastructure
RFID is a technology that provides wireless identification of individuals and assets. Working in conjunction with an organization's information technology (IT) infrastructure, RFID-enabled solutions can be used to improve such business processes as inventory management and visibility into an enterprise's information systems. This conference track will take an in-depth look at the elements of an RFID infrastructure, including tags and readers, as well as the roles they play. Track sessions will demonstrate how radio frequency identification is being used effectively, and provide details regarding case studies and ongoing projects at various organizations.
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
BLE Continued: The Ongoing Adventures of a Low-Cost RTLS Search
Join the presenter as he continues down the road of trying to find a BLE solution capable of providing real-time location system (RTLS) functionality. The presentation will share the results of his efforts to use a solution discovered as a direct result of his BLE presentation at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. This session will discuss what worked and what didn't, as well as the trials and tribulations that the presenter has faced while trying to force the square BLE peg into the round RTLS hole.
Speakers: Kevin Berisso, Ph.D., Director, AutoID Lab, University of Memphis; Jeffrey Dungen, Co-founder and CEO, reelyActive
May 10 › 11:50 AM
Solution Provider Session: Checkpoint Systems - Customer-Centric Supply Chain
Satisfying customer demand in the digital revolution requires inventory accuracy and visibility to the item level from the time a product is manufactured until it is delivered to the customer. The industry has known for some time that RFID promises the answer to solve this issue, so what is delaying widespread adoption? Hear the top roadblocks to RFID adoption and how focus on a customer-centric supply chain will lead to quicker adoption. Learn how Checkpoint Systems is focusing on end customers even from a distribution and logistics standpoint.
Speaker: Alan Tamny, Director of Business Development for RFID Solutions, Checkpoint Systems
May 10 › 12:05 PM
Solution-Provider Session:PervasID-The Game Has Changed! See the World's First Ceiling Reader With Near-100-Percent Read Accuracy
PervasID has launched a game-changing, next-generation flat ceiling tile antenna reader system that delivers the world's first near-100-percent accurate wide-area passive RFID detection. This allows retailers and other industries to see, at the click of a button, the stock that they have throughout a shop or building. It uses a network of new flat ceiling tile antennas, which are located discretely at intervals across a shop floor or stock room, and reduces the required number of antennas by a staggering 75 percent. Learn how this groundbreaking ceiling tile antenna RFID reader system, which is expected to deliver an ROI within 12 months, achieves real-time detection accuracy greater than 99 percent.
Speaker: Dr. Sithamparanathan Sabesan, Founder and CEO, PervasID
May 10 › 12:30 PM
Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall
May 10 › 3:00 PM
High-Reliability Tracking Without Infrastructure
The Savannah River National Lab joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy's Packaging Certification team to create a program to track personnel and high-value material in the absence of infrastructure. The team evaluated state-of-the-art technologies currently in use for tracking nuclear materials before choosing an emerging capability that utilized the Iridium Low Earth Orbit Satellite constellation. Learn how the system can be used in occluded environments, such as indoors, canyons, valleys and wooded areas, as well as in hazardous environments, such as those associated with malfunctions at a nuclear facility.
Speaker: David Weir, Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory
May 10 › 3:50 PM
RFID Infrastructure Marking for a Connected World
With a greater emphasis on damage prevention, litigation avoidance, regulations to improve the quantity and accuracy of infrastructure records, and new equipment and technological advancements, RFID continues to improve the way we mark, identify and locate underground assets. Berntsen's InfraMarker solution suite seamlessly links physical markers with field-collection devices and enterprise-management systems. Learn how the firm is employing RFID technology in a system that benefits users by saving time workers would otherwise spend locating utilities, and by providing better data, while increasing safety.
Speakers: Steve Hungate, RFID Applications Engineer, Berntsen International; Mike Klonsinki, Business Development Director, Berntsen International
May 10 › 4:40 PM
KLM Maintenance Cuts Parts' Packaging Costs With RFID
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) arm of Air France KLM, is using a Web-based Aviation Packaging Information System (APIS) to manage the inbound and outbound flow of packaging between its packaging supplier and KLM. The system uses fixed RFID equipment installed in buildings and in trucks, as well as mobile handhelds for repair and exception-handling. RFID is used throughout the entire supply chain and is easily expandable. Learn how the firm is tracking cases and boxes used to transport airplane parts to and from customers, lowering packaging costs by 50 percent. Packaging has been the starting point for implementing RFID at KLM. Hear how the firm may expand the program to include equipment, tooling, inspection of life vests onboard, warehouse management and components.
Speaker: Jos de Kleine, Manager Logistic Development, KLM Engineering and Maintenance
May 11 › 9:00 AM
NFC and RFID: Enhancing the Customer Experience Near and Far
We live in an increasingly wireless world. Whether we're listening to music, making a purchase, sending a file from one device to another, or using a fitness tracker, we now expect it to happen without plugging in a single cable—both near and far. By combining far-field RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC), retailers, car makers, contactless-payment providers and the transportation industry are able to add significant value to consumer goods and services. Paula Hunter, the NFC Forum's executive director, will examine how the wireless revolution offers an array of new business opportunities for companies across many industries, by enabling more effective theft protection, as well as enhanced merchandise visibility and consumer service experience, without compromising on data privacy.
Speaker: Paula Hunter, Executive Director, NFC Forum
May 11 › 9:45 AM
Design and Implementation of a UHF RFID Solution
Many businesses enter into an RFID design plan hoping to realize significant cost savings, as well as supply chain visibility and efficiency gains. But achieving those goals may be difficult, as there are many design and deployment challenges. This session will discuss the technical aspects of designing passive UHF based RFID solutions to ensure successful product implementation. Topics covered will include antenna design factors, workflow design considerations, implementation factors, best practices, solution scalability and more.
Speaker: Akshay Bal, Global RFID Technology Expert, Abbott Diagnostics
May 11 › 10:30 AM
Award Finalists Session: 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 three finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:
Speakers: Mike Klonsinki, Business Development Director, Berntsen International; Cameron Worth, Founder, SharpEnd Agency; Paulo Bortollotte, IT Director, Onis Data Solutions