Impact RFID - The RFID Executive Forum that brings Business and Technology Leaders together

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RFID has started to have a major impact on various industry segments ranging from retail to healthcare, and, aerospace to automotive. Impacts of RFID are along various fronts including streamlining of business processes, supply chain collaboration, rapid availability of business data, higher level of granularity in business intelligence, refined inventory management, better accounting and financing of assets, global visibility into distributed enterprises, and, enhanced infrastructure management.

This forum will bring together global experts from various industry segments to discuss how RFID is impacting their business. Currently RFID's impacts is being felt with respect to changes along the following fronts:

- Business Process
- Finance and accounting systems
- Inventory management
- Asset and infrastructure management
- People management
- Product life cycle management
- Information technology management
- Operations management

The above impacts are being felt in the midst of a rapid flurry of technological innovations in the field of RFID. For example, while entities such as Walmart or the DoD are obtaining benefits via expanded visibility into their supply chains via RFID-enabled pallets being shipped to them from their suppliers, such tags are really the very first generation of technology, much like what the first PCs to be invented were in the 1980's. As CIOs, CTOs, COOs, CFOs and CEOs plan for how RFID will impact their businesses, they must constantly look at what is happening with the technological innovations such as the large-storage Memory Spot tag from Hewlett Packard or the tiny RFID dust tag from Hitachi. Innovations such as low-priced RFID reader chips are also resulting in a rapid decline in the price of the reader. The next generation of RFID tag technologies involving printable or chip-less RFID, that are being researched extensively today, when ready for prime-time, would potentially be able to deliver tags at prices that may be an order of magnitude lower than current RFID tag technologies. With such innovations, the price of RFID technology would continue to decline, resulting in a virtuous cycle of increasing global usage and reducing prices, with the eventual potential of there being an equivalent Moore's law in this field. It is not unimaginable that in the not too distant future, every toothbrush and toothpaste delivered to Target or Walmart may have an embedded RFID tag. Organizations that are putting RFID into practice today need to be aware of the upcoming technological developments so as to be able to structure their organizations for the next generation of technology. The forum invites innovators to participate alongside the business leaders to bring about open exchange of ideas, to develop thought leadership in this field, to prepare for the future, and to participate in collectively defining the future.

Bringing the business and technical leaders together at one forum is expected to shed light on the above and a host of other issues. The topics discussed will include (but not limited to):

- Business Process Modification
- RFID system modeling
- Impact of RFID on the I.T. infrastructure
- Return on Investment
- Advanced RFID technologies in tags, readers, networks, security
- How businesses are modifying their capability to obtain and utilize the large amounts of data that RFID produces
- How enterprises are integrating RFID within their ERP, SCM and Supply Chain systems.
- How businesses are requiring less inventory in their warehouses and developing more Just in time strategies instead of just in case.
- Novel web services created as a result of RFID
- Security and Privacy issues in RFID
- Effect of RFID on finance, accounting and auditing of business operations
- RFID infrastructures, management and scaling
- Premise control

As technical innovations are being combined with successful business requirements in the most commonly found application - inventory/supply chain, several industries have moved forward aggressively in pursuing projects ranging from pilots to full scale deployments. For example the airline industry is using tagging of baggage to help reduce lost luggage (in several airports throughout the world). Aerospace companies are starting to use RFID to track their components and sub-assemblies through the life cycle of the aircraft. Retail industry is investigating RFID for unit-package level tagging which has traditionally been a difficult problem (e.g. Sam's Club mandate). Manufacturing companies are using RFID to located critical components or assemblies in a factory or warehouse. The pharmaceutical industry, by way of e-pedigree mandate such as in the State of California going into effect in 2011, is exploring RFID for counterfeit prevention. The healthcare industry is looking at applications of RFID for tracking medicines, patients, specimens, etc. Governments worldwide are experimenting with secure RFID tags for passports and also for border control. Homeland security departments are investigating RFID for validating contents of container shipments at maritime ports. Logistics companies are using RFID to expedite cargo arrival, sorting, storage, retrieval and shipping. As a result of the vast range of applications, the following industries will be invited to participate at the forum:

- Aerospace
- Agricultural and food tracking
- Airlines and shipping lines
- Animal and Livestock
- Defense and Defense Logistics
- Healthcare
- Homeland Security
- Logistics and Supply Chain
- Manufacturing
- Medical devices and biotech industry
- Pharmaceuticals
- Retail

For information please contact : rfid@winmec.ucla.edu.

Previous forums :

RFID Executive Forum Oct 2007
RFID & Wireless in Healthcare Forum Oct 2007

Sponsors

WINMEC, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

HP, ITC Infotech Intel, ISMB, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft Corp., Mobio Networks, Motorola Inc., QUALCOMM, Raytheon, Satyam, SIEMENS, Tata Consultancy Services

RFID Equipment Sponsors:
Impinj, RSI ID Technologies, Printronix, Symbol, Avery Dennison, Maxell, Motorola Inc., Zebra, Quantum Route, Inc., Convergence Systems Limited, Magellan Technology (Australia), Confidex, Alien Technology, Intemec

Media Sponsors:
RFID World 2008, More RFID, RFID Switchboard, RFID Update, SkupinaRFID, Vandagraf International, BPCouncil, RFID Monthly, Silicon India Amritt, Inc, RFID 27-7

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