Wednesday Agenda


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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...

2020-09-30 Keynotes

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.Speaker  Jukka Peltoniemi  Automated Services Manager, Neste

2020-09-30 Keynotes

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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Jan van Niekerk  Vice 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...

2020-09-30 Keynotes

RFID Journal Award 2020 Winner: 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...

2020-09-30 Keynotes
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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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Vera Mauerberger  Product 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...

2020-09-30 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals
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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...

2020-09-30 Manufacturing

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 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.

2020-09-30 Retail and Apparel

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...

2020-09-30 Internet of Things
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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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Roelof Koopmans, Sr. Director of Strategic Alliance Solution Partners, Semtech

2020-09-30 Internet of Things
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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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Richard Aufreiter   VP, Product Marketing, HID

2020-09-30 Manufacturing
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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.Speaker  Kris Barton  Director, Market Development, Intelligent...

2020-09-30 Retail and Apparel
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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 ...

2020-09-30 Manufacturing

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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeakers:  Joseph Todaro  SVP,...

2020-09-30 Retail and Apparel

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly growing in popularity throughout various industries, and its potential impact in the health-care 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 pioneer and digital technology specialist Terence Mills will explore some of the newest applications of AI that are poised to revolutionize health care. View the Powerpoint PresentationTerence Mills  CEO and Chairman of the Board - AI.io A six-time CEO, Terence Mills is the CEO of AI.io, and industry leading data science and engineering company that envisions, conceptualizes, and delivers AI solutions in...

2020-09-30 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

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,...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Steve Halliday  President - High Tech Aid

2020-09-30 Internet of Things

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...

2020-09-30 Defense/Aerospace
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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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Ultan McCarthy   Lecturer, Waterford Institute of Technology  

2020-09-30 Manufacturing

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?View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Dr. Bill Hardgrave  Provost and Vice President - Auburn...

2020-09-30 Retail and Apparel

RFID Journal Award 2020 Winner: 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...

2020-09-30 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

RFID Journal Award 2020 Winner: 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...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

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...

2020-09-30 Internet of Things

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.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Thu Dahl  Contractor - National Geospatial Agency

2020-09-30 Session Presentations
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Networking Break

2020-09-30 Sponsor Led Sessions
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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.View PowerPoint PresentationsSpeaker  Kevin Berisso  Director, AutoID Lab - University of Memphis

2020-09-30 Manufacturing

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.View PowerPoint presentationSpeaker  Alexsandro Vanancio  RFID Product Owner - Havan   

2020-09-30 Session Presentations

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...

2020-09-30 Health Care/Pharmaceuticals

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.View PowerPoint PresentationsSpeaker  Jonathan Gregory  Director of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise - GS1 USAs the Director of Community Engagement of Apparel and General Merchandise at GS1 US, Jonathan...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

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...

2020-09-30 Internet of Things

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...

2020-09-30 Defense/Aerospace

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.Speaker  Mark Roberti  Founder & 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...

2020-09-30 Keynotes