Wednesday Agenda

Welcome and Introduction/ 2020 - A Catalyst For Change, Sponsored by Avery Dennison
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:05 AM EDT
2020 has been a year of significant change for us all. Never before has the supply and demand of products been under such scrutiny. What has previously been considered “behind the curtain activity” has now become a ...
Avery Dennison, solution-provider session
2020 has been a year of significant change for us all. Never before has the supply and demand of products been under such scrutiny. What has previously been considered “behind the curtain activity” has now become a commonplace discussion on what is happening with supply chains around the world. COVID-19 has created a catalyst for change for multiple industries and we believe that Digital ID technologies will play a crucial role in enabling this digital transformation. Earlier this year, Avery Dennison made a significant commitment to driving our industry forward through the acquisition of Smartrac. During this general session, we will explore the impact COVID-19 has had on accelerating digital transformation, and the unique position that our combined company holds to enable digitization at scale across multiple industries.   Speaker Jeremy Schenof Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development, Intelligent LabelsAs Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development, Jeremy Schenof is responsible for defining Intelligent Labels’ growth strategy and solution ecosystems, as well as managing key strategic partnerships to foster adoption worldwide. Jeremy joined Avery Dennison in 2014. Prior to this role, Jeremy held strategic leadership positions at Motorola Solutions and Target Corporation, and he worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. Jeremy received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Live Webinar
Neste Uses RFID-Enabled Unstaffed Stores to Increase Sales
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM EDT
Finnish energy company Neste has deployed an automated, unstaffed store at several of its fueling stations to allow shoppers to select and pay for goods, and then leave—all without requiring a sales associate. The company is ...
keynote address, rfid
Finnish energy company Neste has deployed an automated, unstaffed store at several of its fueling stations to allow shoppers to select and pay for goods, and then leave—all without requiring a sales associate. The company is leveraging UHF RFID tags on products and readers installed at the point of sale and at its exit, enabling shoppers to buy goods by placing them on the sales counter and approving the purchase without requiring human assistance. The unmanned stores, part of the company's self-serve model for gas stations, extend the automation from self-serve fueling to the associated market. Learn how the system is increasing sales, as well as how it is helping the firm to effectively manage inventory.SpeakerJukka PeltoniemiAutomated Services Manager, Neste
Keynotes
Deter, Detect, and Diagnose Damage in Your Supply Chain With RFID, Sponsored by SpotSee
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 10:55 AM - 11:35 AM EDT
Did you know, globally, that there is 2.3 trillion dollars in shipping damage every year? That’s 2% of all products shipped. In this session, you will learn how to cut supply chain damage by 50% by adding insights into when and ...
keynote address, rfid, supply chain
Did you know, globally, that there is 2.3 trillion dollars in shipping damage every year? That’s 2% of all products shipped. In this session, you will learn how to cut supply chain damage by 50% by adding insights into when and where damage is occurring throughout your supply chain. Join SpotSee’s VP, Engineering and Innovation, Jan Van Niekerk, as he discusses the inception, creation, and future of RFID's role in eliminating supply chain damage.SpeakerJan van NiekerkVice President of Engineering and Innovation, SpotSeeJan Niekerk brings more than 20 years of expertise in the technical creation, implementation and management of tracking technologies including radio-frequency identification (RFID), the cloud and IoT. His extensive knowledge as an electrical engineer has seen him find success in defining, developing, producing and selling complex electronic devices and systems to several original equipment manufacturers. He is noted for his achievements as a product team manager, public speaker and technology producer with his work embedded in over 250 million consumer products. Before joining SpotSee, Jan Niekerk was the chief technical officer for RF Ops, LLC. While there, he worked extensively on the technical side of the IoT and the cloud through multiple lanes of technology. Previously, Jan Niekerk was a RFID system designer at Maxim Integrated/Intelleflex. He also worked at Microchip Technology as an applications manager and has a wealth of experience as a programmer, developer and system designer.
Keynotes
Lockheed Martin Advances the “Flightline of the Future” Through Asset Visibility
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation. As one of the world's leading systems integrators, Lockheed Martin delivers comprehensive training and logistics solutions to prepare military ...
keynote address, rfid
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation. As one of the world's leading systems integrators, Lockheed Martin delivers comprehensive training and logistics solutions to prepare military personnel for the most complex missions. Mission readiness requires the right mix of technologies, tailored to specific mission objectives. Learn how sustainment efficiencies are delivered through a single scalable, affordable and secure end-to-end logistics IT solution integrating RFID and GPS technologies to vastly improve data access, asset visibility, management and accountability, while reducing costs. This presentation will focus on Lockheed Martin's Corporate Center for Innovation initiatives and F-16 and F-35 aviation component asset tracking, coupled with real-time health diagnostics data and its implications for production, fiscal accountability and the "Flightline of the Future."SpeakerCorey CookSenior Solutions Architect, Enterprise Sustainment Solutions - Lockheed Martin
Keynotes
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Solution-Provider Session: IDENTIV - When IoT Meets Wellness: Intelligent RFID Makes Healthcare Simpler, Smarter, and Safer
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM EDT
RFID is making the world increasingly more digital, allowing us to connect billions of everyday items in the IoT. When we add flexible RFID to wellness, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals, the benefits (quite literally) change ...
sponsor sessions
RFID is making the world increasingly more digital, allowing us to connect billions of everyday items in the IoT. When we add flexible RFID to wellness, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals, the benefits (quite literally) change lives. Authentication, anti-counterfeiting, transferring patient information, temperature sensing, patient compliance monitoring — intelligent RFID is making healthcare simpler, smarter, and safer.SpeakerVera MauerbergerProduct Manager Transponders, Identiv Vera is a highly-skilled, creative force in RFID transponder Product Management. In the past she was part of Identiv's R&D department and deeply involved in the entire process of product development Vera has a Masters in Engineering with a focus on Print Media, Technology, and Management (Printed Electronics) from the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Sponsor Session
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Solution-Provider Session: STMicroelectronics’s Upgrades Reader IC: Boosting Reader Performance to 800 Tags Per Second
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
The ST25RU3993 RAIN® (UHF) RFID reader IC received an upgrade to help reader manufacturers boost product performance and provide additional functionality. This session will cover the product’s main features, including ...
rfid, sponsor session
The ST25RU3993 RAIN® (UHF) RFID reader IC received an upgrade to help reader manufacturers boost product performance and provide additional functionality. This session will cover the product’s main features, including multi-protocol support for the 840-960 MHz UHF band (it is compatible with ISO18000-62 & -63, ISO29143 and to GS1’s EPC UHF Gen2 air interface protocols); on-chip VCO, a power amplifier, dense reader mode (DRM) functionality and support for frequency-hopping, low-level transmission coding, low-level decode, data framing, and CRC checking. The webinar will also explain the improved software and hardware, performance tests, and benchmark results with industry-leading read rates. Learn how the new capabilities can be leveraged in retail, aviation and other key industries.SpeakerJim BarlowBusiness Development and Technical Marketing, STMicroelectronics Jim Barlow works for STMicroelectronics in Business Development and Technical Marketing for RFID/NFC based in California. Jim has held various positions in design, business development, sales, and application management holds multiple patents for RF communication protocols, and has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University and BSEE studies from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Manufacturing
Solution-Provider Session: SML - Examples of How Item-level RFID is Becoming Essential for Effective BOPIS Models for Retailers
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
Open to all conference attendees, this session will provide real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions. Speaker Dean Frew Chief Technology ...
rfid, sponsor session
Open to all conference attendees, this session will provide real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.SpeakerDean FrewChief Technology Officer and Senior VP for RFID Solutions, SMLDean Frew is the Founder of SML Intelligent Inventory Solutions (formerly Xterprise, purchased by SML in 2013). He is responsible for driving SML’s RFID Tags and Solutions strategy, and runs the RFID solutions division, based on his 20+ years of experience delivering RFID solutions to retailers and brand owners around the global.
Retail and Apparel
Solution-Provider Session: Omni-ID - Sense IoT Devices – The Future of Tracking, Monitoring, Sensing and Data Gathering
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
Omni-ID launched a range of intelligent and powerful IoT devices in early 2020. The Sense range has models focusing on Asset Management/Logistics and Conditioning Monitoring harnessing the power of BLE and LoRaWAN. Since the ...
sponsor sessions
Omni-ID launched a range of intelligent and powerful IoT devices in early 2020. The Sense range has models focusing on Asset Management/Logistics and Conditioning Monitoring harnessing the power of BLE and LoRaWAN. Since the launch Omni-ID have launched ‘OmniSphere’ software as a fully formed cloud based IoT platform that integrates all data from Sense devices in one place providing simple data collection, interpretation, storage and visualization. The range is growing fast and new developments include devices that include Quuppa technology to provide highly accurate position data for detailed asset or personal tracking (as well as a solution that enforces and monitors social distancing). There are also new additions including a push button alert device and a range finder that triggers alerts based on distances being measured to show if a receptacle is full or empty etc. Product Manager Matt Behroozi will be on hand to talk through these exciting IoT developments and show some video demonstrations. Speaker Matthieu Behroozi Product Manager, Omni-ID
Internet of Things
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Solution-Provider Session: Semtech - LoRaWAN in Logistics
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM EDT
Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol simplify smart supply chain and logistics use cases to track highly valued assets in transit. Due to its long range and low power consumption and GPS-free ...
rfid, sponsor session
Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol simplify smart supply chain and logistics use cases to track highly valued assets in transit. Due to its long range and low power consumption and GPS-free geolocation abilities, LoRaWAN enables cargo, vehicles and other assets to be easily monitored over large geographic regions and within harsh environments.SpeakerRoelof Koopmans, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliance Solution Partners, Semtech
Sponsor Session
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Solution-Provider Session: Strength in Stability and Innovation: How HID is Leading Technology Development and Market Position
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM EDT
Choosing a technology or solution is easy, choosing a vendor you can trust can be challenging. Join this session to gain insights into HID’s strategic position and vision that is leading industry conversation and quickly ...
Manufacturing, rfid, sponsor session
Choosing a technology or solution is easy, choosing a vendor you can trust can be challenging. Join this session to gain insights into HID’s strategic position and vision that is leading industry conversation and quickly adapting to market changes. Furthermore, learn of new technologies and solutions that are solving for new use cases, company challenges and industry changes that we now face during the COVID-19 pandemic.SpeakerRichard Aufreiter VP, Product Marketing, HID
Manufacturing
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Solution-Provider Session: Getting retail digital transformation right
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 1:30 PM - 2:10 PM EDT
Times have changed and so have customers’ expectations. E-commerce has boomed with the pandemic, and retailers feel the pressure to deliver faster within a more flexible, agile and sustainable 360-degree omnichannel delivery ...
rfid, sponsor session
Times have changed and so have customers’ expectations. E-commerce has boomed with the pandemic, and retailers feel the pressure to deliver faster within a more flexible, agile and sustainable 360-degree omnichannel delivery model across fulfillment centers and stores. This digital transformation has been hyper charged with the customer at the center asking for ever increasing agility and transparency. Will you be ready with the right tools to improve inventory visibility and availability, powering alternative fulfilment models? Join Kris Barton, Avery Dennison’s Director, Market Development, Intelligent Labels, in our latest webinar on RFID and its ability to future proof the retail sector.SpeakerKris BartonDirector, Market Development, Intelligent Labels, Avery Dennison Kris Barton has been in the RFID industry for 20 years working in a variety of industries. Over the past nine years at Avery Dennison, he has been focused on the use of RFID in the retail store and supply chain. His experience includes working with brands and retailers to identify the key benefits of implementing RFID technology and unlocking the strategic business impact of inventory accuracy. He has an undergraduate degree in Business, and a minor in Logistics, from Penn State and an MBA from The University of Florida.
Sponsor Session
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Unipac Increases Inventory Accuracy to 98%
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Unipac , a division of the Jacto Group in Brazil, has adopted a combination of UHF, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and RFID technologies together with QR Codes, enabling the firm to achieve an inventory accuracy levels of 98%. ...
Manufacturing, rfid
Unipac , a division of the Jacto Group in Brazil, has adopted a combination of UHF, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and RFID technologies together with QR Codes, enabling the firm to achieve an inventory accuracy levels of 98%. Unipac, a leader in the plastic processing industry in Brazil, is using the technology to automate the reading process, thereby efficiently and quickly managing any type of returnable packaging. Takeaways: Hear how the technology has exceeded expectations, resulting in positive customer feedback due to the combination of applied technologies. Learn how the firm is working on additional projects to apply the returnable packaging management solution to some other customers in the automotive and agricultural industry, with the potential to expand to other markets.SpeakerMauro FernandesCommercial Director - Unipac
Manufacturing
Tommy Hilfiger Improves Visibility and Reduces NOF (Not on Floor) With RFID
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best RFID Retail Implementation. Fashion company Tommy Hilfiger is using radio frequency identification technology to improve its inventory visibility and reduce the amount of time associates ...
apparel, retail, rfid
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best RFID Retail Implementation. Fashion company Tommy Hilfiger is using radio frequency identification technology to improve its inventory visibility and reduce the amount of time associates spend searching for products in the back room. After successfully piloting the program at eight stores, the firm implemented the technology at 243 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. Key takeaways: Learn how Tommy Hilfiger designed and constructed its "RFID Rooms" to preclude the need for shielded locations at its offsite warehouses. Understand how the firm has built a robust RFID program that provides additional value to its overall business.Speakers:Joseph TodaroSVP, Planning/Allocation/Merchandise Operations - Tommy Hilfiger 
Retail and Apparel
Future-Proofing Health Care With AI
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly growing in popularity throughout various industries, and its potential impact in the healthcare sector is genuinely life changing. Driving innovations in clinical operations, ...
healthcare, pharmaceuticals, rfid
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly growing in popularity throughout various industries, and its potential impact in the healthcare sector is genuinely life changing. Driving innovations in clinical operations, drug development, surgery and data management, AI technology is also finding its way into hospitals and medical facilities. In this session, AI and blockchain pioneer, Terence Mills will explore some of the newest applications of AI that are poised to revolutionize healthcare. Takeaways: Discover the three main investment areas for health care: digitization, consumerization, and diagnostics. Learn how AI can help medical providers can leverage AI to lower costs and improve the quality of care.SpeakerTerence MillsCEO and Chairman of the Board - Al.ioA six-time CEO, Terence Mills is the CEO of AI.io, an industry leading data science and engineering company that envisions, conceptualizes, and delivers AI solutions in healthcare, travel, and entertainment. Terence is also a recognized and prestigious member of the Forbes Technology Council and a monthly Forbes.com contributor on the topic of AI. Terence has been recognized as one of the top 50 AI influencers on Twitter in 2018 and 2019. As a sought-after AI thought leader, Terence participates as a keynote speaker to educate and assist business leaders and entrepreneurs about how to harness the power of AI and blockchain to solve business problems.
Health Care/Pharmaceuticals
Breakthroughs in Smart Packaging: Revolutionizing the Link Between Manufacturers and Consumers
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Automating supply chains is an accepted business practice and leads to improved operational efficiency and higher profitability. Internet of Packaging (IoP) technologies, such as RFID, barcodes, QR codes, and digital ...
rfid, supply chain/logistics
Automating supply chains is an accepted business practice and leads to improved operational efficiency and higher profitability. Internet of Packaging (IoP) technologies, such as RFID, barcodes, QR codes, and digital printing, have already been understood and adopted, and are beginning to emerge with new competitive market advantages. Inventory control, authenticity, security and the customer experience, are just part of what the Internet of Packaging has already begun to provide. Learn how the use of IoP can provide information about a particular product that a consumer needs to know before purchasing it, enhance the customer relationship and reveal data about a wide variety of concerns. Hear how the technology is being used to offer product authenticity, sustainability and powerful consumer experiences, in addition to measurable ROI.SpeakerEdson PerinEditor - RFID Journal Brazil and IoP Journal BrazilEdson Perin has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, and is a writer and blogger with a specialized background in Digital Communications and Information Technology and Communication (IT&C) in the corporate environment. Perin is the editor of IoP Journal Brazil and RFID Journal Brazil, as well as the founder and director of Netpress Publishing and Communication.
Supply Chain/Logistics
The Current State of the Internet of Things
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
In this session, get a brief summary of the status of the Internet of Things and learn how connected devices are making a real impact across a growing number of industries. Key takeaways: Hear some examples of the IoT in ...
internet of things, rfid
In this session, get a brief summary of the status of the Internet of Things and learn how connected devices are making a real impact across a growing number of industries. Key takeaways: Hear some examples of the IoT in use today, as well as the technology's impact. Gain insight as to where it's headed in the near future.SpeakerSteve HallidayPresident - High Tech Aid
Internet of Things
BAE Systems Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Capability With RFID
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
BAE Systems, an international defense, aerospace and security company, has deployed three RFID-enabled projects in its Electronic Warfare Integrated Manufacturing Center (EW-IMC): automated point-of-use (POU) material ...
aerospace, defense, rfid
BAE Systems, an international defense, aerospace and security company, has deployed three RFID-enabled projects in its Electronic Warfare Integrated Manufacturing Center (EW-IMC): automated point-of-use (POU) material inventory replenishment, automated asset and tool tracking, and automated work-in-process (WIP) tracking. The projects increased production capacity and capability in its supply chain and its factories, thereby ensuring the success of current and future production programs for its customers. Learn how the firm improved the utilization of existing capacity across its sites, boosting manufacturing capability and product flow, while creating a process to accelerate production transitions. In addition, hear how the use of RFID technology may be expanded to other factories and sites in the future. BAE Systems is the 2019 winner of the RFID Journal Award for Best Manufacturing Implementation.SpeakersDeirdre SchmidtOperations Excellence Leader - BAE SystemsDee is the Operational Excellence Leader working within the Electronic Systems. She has over 35 years of experience in Operations Leadership with concentrations in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Project Management, Sales, Operations Planning, and lean process. At BAE Dee is the Program Manager for ES RFID initiatives, Leader & SME for AOE improvements.Peter WrightProject Engineering Manager - BAE SystemsPeter Wright is a Project Engineering Manager at BAE Systems. His current endeavor is to outfit the enterprise with RFID technology to track assets, work-in-process, and automate point-of-use material replenishment. He successfully installed solutions on four campuses, enabling the decision to outfit three more installations. Beyond work, Peter is an avid cyclist. He’s also an expert at finding his daughter’s lost clothes…assuming the RFID tag is still on them.
Defense/Aerospace
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Developing an RFID Strategy for Manufacturing
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term ...
Manufacturing, rfid
RFID can deliver a great deal of benefits to manufacturers in many different areas, but without coherent strategies, companies often wind up deploying the technology piecemeal, only to find that it fails to meet their longer-term needs. This session will explain how to create a long-term strategy that can enable businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a wide variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term.SpeakerUltan McCarthy Lecturer, Waterford Institute of Technology
Manufacturing
Can Retailers Be Omnichannel-Ready Without RFID?
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
In order to satisfy today’s consumers and to effectively compete, retailers need to be omnichannel ready. Omnichannel features such as buy online pickup in-store (BOPIS), ship from store (SfS), research online buy ...
apparel, retail, rfid
In order to satisfy today’s consumers and to effectively compete, retailers need to be omnichannel ready. Omnichannel features such as buy online pickup in-store (BOPIS), ship from store (SfS), research online buy in-store (ROBIS), buy online, and buy in-store are essential. Yet, many retailers struggle to efficiently and effectively offer a true omnichannel experience. Key takeaways: This session will present the empirical results of an Omnichannel Ready Assessment of several major retailers. In the assessment, the study examines the role of RFID in their readiness and answers the question: can a retailer be omnichannel ready without RFID?SpeakerDr. Bill HardgraveProvost and Vice President - Auburn UniversityDr. Bill Hardgrave currently serves as Sr. Vice President and Provost at Auburn University. In 2005, Dr. Hardgrave founded the RFID Lab/Research Center which became the world’s leading center for examining the business value of RFID. He has worked with numerous companies, including Walmart, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Target, on a variety of retail projects. Dr. Hardgrave is an accomplished scholar—having published several books and more than 85 articles—and is considered a thought leader in the field of RFID. In recognition for his contributions, Bill has received the Ted Williams Award from AIM Global as the most influential researcher in the field of RFID and the Special Achievement award from RFID Journal for his overall impact on the field.
Retail and Apparel
Johnson & Johnson Improves Product Availability For Orthopedic Loaner Sets With RFID
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
RFID Journal Awards Finalist: Best Health-Care RFID Implementation . Getting the right products at the right place at the right time is critical to the orthopedic loaner set replenishment process at Johnson & Johnson ...
health care, pharmaceuticals, rfid
RFID Journal Awards Finalist: Best Health-Care RFID Implementation. Getting the right products at the right place at the right time is critical to the orthopedic loaner set replenishment process at Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). Orthopedic products are delivered to customers in loaner sets for each individual surgery. A set contains hundreds of products because surgeons don’t know exactly which products they need until the procedure is underway. The surgeon will utilize some products in the set and return the unused products to our distribution centers for reconciliation and restocking. Although the firm already used RFID to track the complete loaner set, they needed a standard solution that would work throughout the entire supply chain. Key takeaways: Learn how JJSC improved the orthopedic loaner set replenishment process while standardizing RFID tagging with GS1 EPC standards. Hear how the time saved as a result of the deployment has resulted in an improved cycle time and improved product availability.SpeakerBlair Korman Senior Manager, Digital Identification & Traceability - Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain
Health Care/Pharmaceuticals
Volkswagen Brazil Improves Asset Utilization and Inventory Control With RFID and IoT
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Manufacturing Implementation. Volkswagen do Brasil produces more than 23 million vehicles, exporting over 3.7 million vehicles, and producing domestic sales in excess of 19 million units. ...
logistics, rfid, supply chain
RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Manufacturing Implementation. Volkswagen do Brasil produces more than 23 million vehicles, exporting over 3.7 million vehicles, and producing domestic sales in excess of 19 million units. The company has three vehicle plants and one engine plant, as well as a widespread sales and distribution network, with more than 500 dealers. In addition to launching new cars, they must maintain the spare parts of old models for at least 10 years, often turning to external suppliers to produce parts. There are approximately 60,000 assets with suppliers, whose assets and production are managed by VW. The firm is using RFID and IoT technology to control asset utilization and improve inventory control. Key takeaways: Learn how the use of RFID has resulted in a 95% reduction on inventory count costs. Hear how the firm is controlling the inventory effectively and efficiently when the assets are at the supplier , thereby eliminating the possibility of black-market replication.SpeakerDenis PintoPurchasing Executive - Volkswagen BrazilDenis Pinto is a purchasing executive at Volkswagen do Brasil, being responsible for assets management and supplier’s nominations of new projects in South America. He has 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, working in Brazil, as well as 2 ½ years in Germany. His responsibilities are focused on innovation and believes that the team engagement is fundamental to business success.
Supply Chain/Logistics
Transforming Manufacturing With IoT
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
Today, new products are churned out at a rapid pace and require uninterrupted, efficient communication between production facilities for smooth production. Manufacturers need to accurately monitor all of their assets ...
internet of things, rfid
Today, new products are churned out at a rapid pace and require uninterrupted, efficient communication between production facilities for smooth production. Manufacturers need to accurately monitor all of their assets throughout the supply chain to avoid unnecessary loss of both raw materials and finished products. From asset tracking to remote monitoring, from fleet management to environmental measurement, adopting IoT solutions into the manufacturing process enables businesses to streamline their operations while reducing cost across the business. Key takeaways: The industry is under intense pressure to increase productivity, make business processes more efficient and meet sustainability targets. Learn how IoT can be a potential answer in the midst of this growing pressure. Hear use cases outlining how efficient and automated information gathering enables IoT technology to transform the manufacturing industry.SpeakerLudovico FassatiHead of IoT - Vodafone AmericasLudovico joined Vodafone in August 2014 thanks to the acquisition of Cobra Automotive Technologies. Ludovico is now leading Vodafone IoT business in the Americas based out of the New York City office. Before this he was heading Vodafone IoT Vertical Market Development with responsibility for driving new business, new technologies (as NB-IoT and IoT Satellite) and developing vertical industries such as smart metering, home automation, industrial equipment and m-health. Prior to joining Vodafone, Ludovico was the CEO of Cobra Telematics (now Vodafone Telematics) leading 450 employees in 7 different countries. Ludovico started his career in the Private Equity industry in Italy and in the UK leading investments in different sectors such as logistics, luxury goods, gaming, renewable energies and food. Ludovico holds a degree in economics and financial institutions from Università L. Bocconi of Milan (Italy). As well as his native Italian, he is fluent in English and French. 
Internet of Things
IT Asset Management: Increasing Efficiency With AIT and ITAM
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM EDT
AIT (Automatic Identification Technology) is a more secure and efficient way of tracking, monitoring and managing information technology (IT) hardware and software assets throughout their entire life cycle, across the ...
aerospace, defense, it assets, rfid
AIT (Automatic Identification Technology) is a more secure and efficient way of tracking, monitoring and managing information technology (IT) hardware and software assets throughout their entire life cycle, across the enterprise. Key takeaways: Learn how the use of the technology can ultimately increase cybersecurity resilience by enhancing the visibility of assets. Hear how the identification of vulnerable assets enables faster response to security alerts, revealing which applications are actually being used, and reduces help desk response times.SpeakerThu DahlContractor - National Geospatial Agency
Defense/Aerospace
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Networking Break
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM EDT
Networking Break
networking, rfid, Session
Networking Break
Sponsor Led Sessions
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Linking RFID to PLCs to Automate Manufacturing
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
RFID technology is not only about identifying and tracking items, but also about automating processes and enabling machine-to-machine communication. The Auto-ID Lab at the University of Memphis will demonstrate, in the ...
Manufacturing, rfid
RFID technology is not only about identifying and tracking items, but also about automating processes and enabling machine-to-machine communication. The Auto-ID Lab at the University of Memphis will demonstrate, in the exhibit hall, how RFID systems can be used to identify objects and automate tasks in manufacturing. In this session, the lab director will explain how manufacturers can use RFID tag reads to trigger programmable logic controllers (PLCs). He will also discuss the potential benefits and applications of linked RFID and PLCs.SpeakerKevin BerissoDirector, AutoID Lab - University of Memphis
Manufacturing
Retailer Reduces Operating Costs With RFID
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
Havan, one of the largest department store chains in Brazil, with stores in over 17 states, is using RFID-enabled technology to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The technology helps to authenticate the arrival of the ...
apparel, retail, rfid
Havan, one of the largest department store chains in Brazil, with stores in over 17 states, is using RFID-enabled technology to reduce costs and increase efficiency. The technology helps to authenticate the arrival of the correct goods to the distribution center in a few seconds and guarantees the products will be shipped to the stores efficiently. Key takeaways: Learn how RFID has decreased errors and improved efficiency. Hear how Havan’s operating costs have fallen and the firm is becoming more competitive in the market.SpeakerAlexsandro VanancioRFID Product Owner - Havan 
Retail and Apparel
Preventing Patient Injuries With Wearable Sensors
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
A recent study by CDC found out that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. As mobile and personal health devices gain in popularity, increasing amounts of data are collected ...
health care, pharmaceuticals, rfid
A recent study by CDC found out that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. As mobile and personal health devices gain in popularity, increasing amounts of data are collected via embedded sensors, such as heart-rate monitors and accelerometers. Hear how AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning can be used to detect falls, by analyzing real data obtained from digital wireless wristbands used at health-care facilities. In addition to detecting falls, the same information can be used to recognize different forms of human motion to ultimately create a better predictor of fall possibility. Results show a significant improvement in motion-recognition rate, while overall accuracy involving seven selected activity classes is greater than 90 percent, compared to the most recent literature at 54 percent.SpeakerDr. Ismail UysalDirector of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor - University of South FloridaDr. Ismail Uysal has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida. He is an assistant professor and the director of the University of South Florida's RFID Lab for Applied Research. His research focuses on RFID and wireless sensors for supply chain, pharmaceuticals and health care, as well as data-analytics and machine-learning applications for the Internet of Things.
Health Care/Pharmaceuticals
Extending RFID Beyond Supply Chain
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
RFID powers retail store excellence and supply chain visibility, but how might it be used to extend the reach of product identity beyond the traditional supply chain? GS1 US will outline the benefits of applying the ...
logistics, rfid, supply chain
RFID powers retail store excellence and supply chain visibility, but how might it be used to extend the reach of product identity beyond the traditional supply chain? GS1 US will outline the benefits of applying the Digital Link Standard to align various ancillary identification platforms (e.g. QR codes, data matrixes, NFC, BLE, etc.) to build post-sales use cases that enhance customer experiences and brand and retailer touchpoints. Key takeaways: This session will also include a number of industry updates and resources.SpeakerJonathan GregoryDirector of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise - GS1 USAs the Director of Community Engagement of Apparel and General Merchandise at GS1 US, Jonathan Gregory facilitates collaboration among brands, retailers, and their supply chain partners to optimize the use of GS1 Standards in the retail industry. With a focus on leveraging item level radio frequency identification (RFID) for inventory accuracy, Mr. Gregory draws on his first-hand implementation experience to help companies achieve unified commerce and create the optimal consumer experience. Prior to his work with GS1 US, Mr. Gregory worked 8 years as an RFID Consultant and Program Manager for Checkpoint Systems, where he deployed retail RFID solutions for several Fortune 500 companies. Also, as RFID Solution Manager during his 10-year tenure at Computer Sciences Corporation, he deployed RFID solutions in the Aerospace Industry. He was responsible for analyzing RFID tag performance and durability, overseeing project implementations, designing enterprise solutions, developing new business, and providing operational guidance. Mr. Gregory earned his Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems degree from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt, is RFID+ certified by CompTIA, and has his Artificial Intelligence certification from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Supply Chain/Logistics
Improving Traceability With IoT-Enabled Smart Trailers
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
This session will explore how companies are using Internet of Things (IoT) enablement of semi-trailers for autonomous traceability (with or without connection to a power unit), load management, and the monitoring of various ...
internet of things, rfid
This session will explore how companies are using Internet of Things (IoT) enablement of semi-trailers for autonomous traceability (with or without connection to a power unit), load management, and the monitoring of various aspects of trailer performance and safety. Traceability will be accomplished through the use of GPS and cellular LTE equipment, along with solar power technology. Key takeaways: Learn how adding a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) receiver and beacons to loads (pallets, racks and loose items) will allow the team to identify the crossing of the vehicle threshold and the position of the load within the trailer. Additionally, with the BLE infrastructure already in place, hear how critical safety systems and other components are monitored via BLE beacon sensors. Speaker Dr. Ben Zoghi Director of Master of Engineering in Technical Management (METM) - Texas A&M University Dr. Ben Zoghi, PhD, PE hold the prestigious Victor H. Thompson Professorship in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M. He led the creation of RFID Oil and Gas Consortium in 2008 through 2014. Ben has been involved with RFID and sensor integration since 2002. Ben and his team have conducted many RFID-based projects related to asset management, safety and security, transportation, corrosion sensors, animal tracking, and lately autonomous vehicles building to car localization. He was Leonard & Valerie Bruce Leadership Chair Professor, Director, Thomas & Joan Read Center for Distribution Research & Education, Program Coordinator, in the Industrial Distribution Program, and Associate Department Head for Research at Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department at Texas A&M University. A member of the Texas A&M University faculty for 32 years, he has distinguished himself as a teacher, writer and researcher, and has been honored for his teaching excellence by the College and the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students. Ben’s academic and professional degrees are in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M (Ph.D.), The Ohio State University (MSEE), and Seattle University (BSEE).
Internet of Things
NOAA Uses RFID to Track Fish at High Speed in Washington Dam
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM EDT
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)has launched a passive low-frequency (LF) RFID tracking system at the Lower Granite Dam's Ogee spillway. The system captures the unique identity of thousands of ...
aerospace, defense, rfid
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)has launched a passive low-frequency (LF) RFID tracking system at the Lower Granite Dam's Ogee spillway. The system captures the unique identity of thousands of salmon and steelhead at a distance of 1 meter or more underwater as the fish pass by at approximately 47 miles per hour on their way to the Pacific Ocean's Columbia Basin.The RFID antenna array that captures that data is permanently built into Spillway 1 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)'s Lower Granite Dam. Key takeaways: Hear why the resulting data from the system will help researchers understand the number of salmon surviving to spawn, as well as when problems in the fish's life cycle might occur. Learn how the installation of an RFID-based detection system might be used in the future at additional locations.Speakers:Gabriel BrooksElectronic Technician - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Defense/Aerospace
Bar-side Chat: Join Industry Leaders to Discuss the State of the Market
Wed, Sep 30th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
RFID Journal's editor, Mark Roberti, and several leading RFID solution providers will have an informal discussion about the state of the industry. Learn which solutions are selling, which industries are investing more in RFID and ...
internet of things, rfid
RFID Journal's editor, Mark Roberti, and several leading RFID solution providers will have an informal discussion about the state of the industry. Learn which solutions are selling, which industries are investing more in RFID and which applications are hot. You’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions or make your own comments. So, grab a beer or a glass of wine, pull up a chair and enjoy a little interaction with the RFID community.SpeakerMark RobertiFounder & Editor - RFID JournalMark Roberti is a journalist with 25 years of experience covering business and technology. He launched RFID Journal from a spare bedroom in his home in March 2002. Today, it is the leading source of news and analysis about radio frequency identification and its many business applications. More than 200,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and RFID Journal LIVE!, the company’s annual conference and exhibition in the United States, has become the largest gathering of RFID vendors and end users in the world. Prior to launching RFID Journal, Roberti was a senior writer at the Industry Standard and managing editor of InformationWeek. His work has appeared in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and many other publications.Dean Frew Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP for RFID Solutions, SML Dean Frew is the Founder of SML Intelligent Inventory Solutions (formerly Xterprise, purchased by SML in 2013). He is responsible for driving SML’s RFID Tags and Solutions strategy, and runs the RFID solutions division, based on his 20+ years of experience delivering RFID solutions to retailers and brand owners around the global.Jeremy Schenof Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development, Intelligent Labels As Vice President of Strategy and New Business Development, Jeremy Schenof is responsible for defining intelligent labels growth strategy and solution ecosystems, as well as managing key strategic partnerships to foster adoption worldwide.Jeremy joined Avery Dennison in 2014. Prior to this role, Jeremy held strategic leadership positions at Motorola Solutions and Target Corporation, and he worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. Jeremy received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.Tony FonkPresident and CEO, SpotSee Tony has served as SpotSee president and CEO since May 2015. Tony brings more than 17 years of international experience in developing and executing innovative product, service and channel strategies. Most recently, he ran a $100 million business for Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc., a $1.3 billion North American supplier of construction materials and services, as the company transitioned from a private equity ownership structure to being publicly traded on NASDAQ. Prior to Stock Building Supply, Tony held senior positions at Ingersoll Rand and Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.Mark RobintonVice President, IoT Services, HID GlobalMark Robinton, Vice President, IoT Services at HID Global, leads one of HID’s fastest growing business units delivering new IoT technologies and solutions including HID Location Services, Condition monitoring and other BLE enabled applications. He has been active in the mobile and RFID industry for over a decade, leading projects ranging from secure elements to network applications with a focus on security. Mark received M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management from Tufts University. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering.Gianmarco FerrariMarketing Manager - NVM and NFC Americas, ST MicroelectronicsWith more than 20 years in the semiconductor business with ST Microelectronics, Gianmarco has worked across multiple geographical regions and covered several roles withing the company. Gianmarco spent most of his career in marketing for Non-Volatile Memory. Since 2015 he is leading the NFC/RFID Marketing Team for the Americas, based in Santa Clara California.
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