Battery-Free Bluetooth Tagging Workshop

This workshop will offer attendees hands-on experience with technology that is changing the way products are made, distributed, sold, used, reused and recycled. Battery-free Bluetooth tags are now being deployed by some of the largest companies in retail, CPG, pharmaceuticals and apparel. This is a chance to learn the theory and get hands-on with the technology, aided by the engineers pioneering this space. Each attendee will receive a starter kit, and by the end of the day, you will leave with a working system for proofs of concept within your company.

The workshop fee is $699 and includes the starter kit, which attendees may keep. It also includes access to all general sessions and keynote addresses on Tuesday and Wednesday, all conference sessions on Tuesday and Thursday and exhibit hall access all three days of RFID Journal LIVE! It does not include access to RFID Professional Institute Fast-Track training or the IEEE RFID 2022 co-located event.


Wednesday, May 18, 1:45 PM – 2:25 PM

Understanding Bluetooth Beacons and Tags
This session will cover Bluetooth beacon and tagging basics. You’ll learn about the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, tags verses beacons, and how BLE can be used to detect presence, proximity and location. The speaker will also explain various solution architectures and how they apply to different applications you might deploy.
Speaker: Steve Statler, Author of Beacon Technologies (Apress) and Senior VP of Marketing, Wiliot


Wednesday, May 18, 2:30 PM – 3:10 PM

How and Where to Use Wireless BLE Tags
This session will cover some of the major use cases for wireless Bluetooth tags and beacons. You’ll learn about the capabilities of the technology, as well as the limitations. The lecturer will explain how this new technology compares with existing auto-ID technologies, including barcodes, QR codes, UHF RFID and battery-powered BLE. You’ll also learn about energy harvesting and wave computing.
Speaker: Eric Casavant, Manager of Technical Marketing, Wiliot; Jordi Baeta, Ecosystems Market Director, Avery Dennison


Wednesday, May 18, 3:15 PM – 3:55 PM

Understanding Wiliot Tags and Bluetooth Infrastructure
This session will cover the system components and three-tier architecture of a successful wireless BLE solution. The speaker will delve into the use of a management portal and mobile app, how tags are associated with products, the role of gateways and bridges, cloud connectivity, and the difference between APIs and automation in your applications.
Speaker: Nick Mathews, Customer Success Management, Wiliot


Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM

Hands-on Training with Your Bluetooth Starter Kit
This session will explain all the features of the starter kit, which comes with your registration. The lecturer will demonstrate how to set up the starter kit and how you can trigger a Slack message using a Bluetooth tag.
Speaker: Prasaanth Balakrishnan, Technical Marketing Manager, Wiliot