Here’s why you won’t want to miss the AIM-hosted panels at this year’s RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition.
March 25, 2023
RFID Journal LIVE! 2023 will feature end-user companies discussing RFID’s use in various industries, as well as exhibitors offering tagging solutions for multiple applications. To learn more, visit the event’s website.
RFID Journal LIVE! 2023 is less than seven weeks away, and this year’s event will feature one of the strongest speaker lineups in years (see Registration Now Open for LIVE! 2023). Standards organization AIM Global will host six panels at LIVE! 2023, which will be very informative for those seeking to learn about radio frequency identification (RFID) and other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
AIM is a global industry alliance for stakeholders of RFID, barcoding, smart devices, and other automatic-identification and data-capture technologies, and it supports blockchain and real-time location system applications as well. AIM represents industries and organizations that use, implement, resell or develop technology. The organization’s expertise enables adoption, growth and interoperability for those depending on accurate, available and identifiable data, and it creates standards, promotes community, advocates and educates. Here’s what you can discover by attending AIM’s panels at the event.
Blockchain Offers Secure Supply Chains and Brand Value Through NFTs
AIM has previously explored the use of blockchain in securing provenance in supply chains in everything from apparel to electric vehicle batteries, fresh produce and sustainability compliance validation, but non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have added another layer to this technology. Blockchain is positioned to underpin future Web 3 interactions, with some of the world’s largest brands investing in it. AIDC technologies will play a key role in the World Wide Web of Objects, adding to the trust and bringing enhanced brand value propositions. This expert panel will share their experiences and challenges in utilizing blockchain applications with AIDC technologies, such as IoT and RFID, as well as how this has improved traceability.
Speakers: Amir Khoshniyati, General Manager and VP, Transponder Business, Identiv, and Healthcare Task Force Chair, NFC Forum; Scott Austin, Director, Zugang Technology Connections
Driving Enhanced Sustainability of Supply Chains with RFID
With the acceleration of climate change, sustainable supply chains have become a business priority. RFID technology is a great enabler to minimize carbon footprint and waste in many areas. This panel will cover key RFID applications to reduce carbon emissions and waste in supply chains, success stories from different industries, and sustainable RFID tags for sustainable supply chains.
Speakers: Hans Dietterich, Head of Sales, Outlaw Technology; Jeff Martin, Head of North American Commercial Sales, GlobeRanger; Julie Vargas, VP and General Manager, Identification Solutions, North Americas, Avery Dennison; Steve Statler, Author of Beacon Technologies (Apress), and Senior VP of Marketing, Wiliot
Countdown to DSCSA 2023
November 27, 2023, will be here soon, as the pharmaceutical industry prepares for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) serialization requirements. Many pharmacies and hospitals have found RFID tracking to be more accurate in allowing them to scan multiple medications at once. Each RFID tag is embedded in an existing label, so it can run on a company’s existing packaging lines. This makes the process fairly invisible to packaging line operators, with no physical interaction at the packaging point. This panel will discuss the implementation progress, including key successes, and the speakers will provide recommendations to get ready for full implementation.
Speakers: Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian, Director of Research and Development, Axia Institute, Michigan State University; Gregg Gorniak, Senor Director, Manufacturer Operations and Secure Supply Chain Lead, AmerisourceBergen; John DiPalo, Chief Strategy Officer, ACSIS; John Wirthlin, Industry Principal for Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Zebra Technologies
Improving Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Efficiency and Patient Safety with RFID
Pharmaceutical traceability across the global supply chain is essential for enhancing brand protection and anti-counterfeiting, and for improving loss prevention and patient safety. These are just some of the obvious opportunities for using track-and-trace technologies. RFID, once rejected for pharma track-and-trace applications, is winning adherents, especially in hospital pharmacy systems. RFID works as an added layer of protection for pharmaceutical integrity for the sake of patients, while saving healthcare providers time and providing precise inventory control throughout hospitals.
Speakers: Elizabeth Sinclair, Director, Strategic Alliances, Seagull Scientific; Tom Racette, RFID Business Development, North America, EM Microelectronic; Tony Fonk, CEO, SpotSee
Using Standards for Identification and Data Capture
There are many solutions in place enabling companies to achieve end-to-end traceability. These include a range of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the IoT, machine learning, cloud-based services and distributed ledgers (i.e. blockchain), all of which can achieve an unparalleled level of supply chain reporting and insights. However, these technologies are inoperable if the data is not standardized, normalized and harmonized. This panel will provide a top-level overview on why standards matter, which will include connecting the physical to the digital using globally unique identifiers contained in a data carrier (i.e. 2D barcode, RFID, NFC, etc.). Unique identification of products and locations, and the standardized exchange of data about those products, enables companies to be prepared for quick and precise recalls.
Speakers: Ashley Barey, Director of Strategic Development, Temptime, Zebra Technologies; Patti Blessing, Director of Sales, North America, Mojix
Ensure Trust in Your Brand by Building Resilience into Supply Chain
With emerging food regulations and versions of third-party audit requirements, food supply chain actors will need to understand and comply with food-safety plans such as HACCP, GAP and GMP, and be able to provide traceability data within their control to regulators within a 24-hour timeframe. As regulatory enforcement intensifies and as consumer awareness and demands grow, effectively prepared companies will be able to meet the need. The food industry has struggled to digitize their supply chains, and many companies are struggling to meet these regulatory and trading partner requirements in an efficient and effective manner. As recordkeeping requirements increase, this will continue to emphasize the need for fully digitized, tech-enabled supply chains. Recurring incidents in the industry create both the necessity and urgency for a focused approach to managing GMPs, food safety, security defense and quality, navigating strict regulations to provide consumers with the information they seek.
Speaker: Jeanne Duckett, Senior Manager, Food Technology Solutions, Avery Dennison
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