11:30 Best Practices for Tracking Assets with RFID St. James's Hospital (SJH), a 60-acre medical campus with 1,085 beds and more than 4,500 employees, located in Dublin, Ireland, is using GS1 EPC RFID technology to track the location and identification of people and assets on their journey through the hospital. The presenter will share how they decided on an RFID solution and the results of their trial project. Learn how SJH has successfully introduced RFID technology as a means of tracking and tracing all entities throughout the hospital campus, thereby improving patient care and efficiency based on the collected data. Speaker: Alan Buckley, Operations Manager, St. James's Hospital
12:15 RFID: The Foundation for Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the process of breaking down the barrier between information technology systems and the real world. Radio frequency identification is the foundation for this transformation because it provides accurate, near-real-time data about the identity, location and movement of physical objects—containers, raw materials, parts, finished inventory, tools and so on—in a cost-effective manner. This information can be combined with sensor data and other information streams to enable data analytics, and it can be used to provide the input artificial intelligence systems need. Learn how RFID, video, sensors, data analytics and AI can be fused together to enable a true digital transformation—and a competitive advantage. Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
13:15 - Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall
14:15 IATA Mandates RFID-Based Baggage Tracking The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has developed global standards for the use of radio frequency identification tags to track the position of baggage in real time. BY 2020, IATA members will be required to identify every bag as it passes through points of transfer or routing, undergoes security screening and is loaded onto an airplane, as well as when it is unloaded and received by the customer. Learn how the technology is expected to decrease lost-luggage incidents, save airlines money and improve the customer experience. Speaker: Andrew Price, Head, Global Baggage Operations, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
15:00 Weir Oil & Gas Improves Visibility and Functionality via RFID-based Asset-Management System Weir Oil & Gas, an upstream provider of pressure-pumping and -control equipment and services, has combined RFID technology with its Asset Management Program, bringing greater visibility and functionality to the way in which service companies manage iron assets from the field. Weir's SPM RFID technology streamlines inspection processes, providing the ability to easily review the current or historical inspection status and other relevant information. Learn how iron equipped with SPM RFID tags can be quickly scanned to efficiently manage inventory, thereby reducing labor and minimizing human error during inspection. Speaker: LJ Howell, Warranty and Special Projects Manager, Weir Oil & Gas
15:45 - Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
16:15 Reynolds Reduces Costs and Yields ROI With RFID Fresh food distributor Reynolds saved £150,000 in the year following the implementation of a project to embed RFID tags into its delivery crates. The project allowed the firm to track the crates, known as totes, to customers and ask for their return, rather than writing them off or packaging deliveries in disposable plastic or cardboard material. Once the crates are returned, the tags embedded in the crates can be wiped, checked off in the ERP system, cleaned and used again. Learn how the firm tested the system to be sure it worked as expected and how the system reduces the costs of waste disposal for their customers.
17:00 Project Zipper Results and the Serialized Supply Chain: What Does Our Shipping Accuracy REALLY Look Like? Auburn University's RFID Lab has released its first paper on serialized supply chain with Project Zipper. This session will take a deep dive into the different ways in which brands and their retail partners are analyzing and exchanging RFID data. The lab's director, Justin Patton, will discuss traditional bar-code shipping accuracy, the auditing and claims process, and how serialized RFID data is already supporting pedigree and authenticity on millions of items around the world. Learn best practices for hardware setup, methods for data exchange, including blockchain and other technologies, and how the serialized supply chain will pay for the RFID accuracy achieved. Speaker: Justin Patton, Director, RFID Center, Auburn University