RFID Journal LIVE! 2024: Supply Chain Digitalization Sessions

Published: April 2, 2024

The intersection of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) introduces new possibilities for data analysis, automation, and decision-making.

Supply Chain Digitalization is undergoing an accelerated pace of innovation. These  sessions at RFID Journal LIVE! will feature topics such as Selecting the Right RTLS: Boosting Efficiency with IoT-Based Systems; Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Leverages RFID Investment to Improve Supply Chain and Environmental Sensors in the Modern Supply Chain.

Below is the schedule for the Innovation in Supply Chain Digitalization sessions being held April 10 in room 361.

Selecting the Right RTLS: Boosting Efficiency with IoT-Based Systems

Time: 9:35-10:15 a.m.

Speakers: Michael Baucke, Director Market Development, TAGEOS

Session Description: New asset management solutions that use Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS and) emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are improving the way many industries manage critical assets. With precise tracking capabilities, these solutions eliminate the need for manual labor and physical inspections, ultimately reducing costs. The presentation will address the concerns of companies in various industries that are exploring the use of RTLS to improve the management of their critical assets (lost, moved, stored in inappropriate locations, and not updated on their systems). Gain an in-depth understanding of the key factors to consider when selecting a RTLS system, including total cost of ownership, accuracy and precision, scalability, and integration capabilities. Hear real-world use cases in healthcare, manufacturing, and retail with practical insights into how RTLS are selected and deployed. By focusing on practical insights, this presentation will provide attendees with actionable knowledge for successful RTLS implementation in their IoT environments.

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Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Leverages RFID Investment to Improve Supply Chain, a RFID journal 2024 Awards Finalist Session

Time: 10:15-11:05 a.m.

Speakers: Rafael Vitolo, Project Leader, Systems Analyst, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Session Description: Located in São Paulo, Brazil, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein is one of the leading hospitals in Latin America. Winner of the 2023 RFID Journal Award for Best Health Care Implementation, the firm deployed one of the most significant and unique RFID healthcare projects in the region. Learn how Einstein is expanding their RFID program and leveraging their investment in the technology to make new improvements.

AR Meets RFID: MIT Team Builds RFID-Reading AR Headsets to Improve Visibility and Tracking

Time: 11:15-11:55 a.m.

Speakers: Laura Dodds, Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Maisy Lam, Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Session Description: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a set of augmented reality (AR) glasses with a built-in RFID reader and antenna to help users identify items within their vicinity, based on RFID tag reads and camera-based sensors. The solution, known as the X-AR project, was developed to enable an x-ray-style ability for users wearing the AR headsets to view the locations of items that cannot be seen directly. The system utilizes an AR and computer-vision function on a headset to create a 3D map of where an individual moves through a space, providing contextual data related to their location. Learn how the system is a game-changer and has the potential to be used in a variety of applications, including warehouse, healthcare, retail and manufacturing.

Unveiling the Potential: Environmental Sensors in the Modern Supply Chain

Time: 12:05-12:45 p.m.

Speakers: Doug Seitz, Emeritus, AIM

Session Description: In this session our expert panel will unravel the significance of environmental sensors within the dynamic supply chain ecosystem. From pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors to healthcare organizations, food and beverage processors, logistics providers, and beyond, hear diverse use cases, explaining the tangible value these sensors deliver to each sector. The panel will also explore the evolving landscape of sensors within the supply chain, their synergy with the paradigms of Industry 4.0, and their emerging significance in manufacturing processes, painting a picture of what lies ahead in this sensor-driven era. Learn how sensors can pave the way for a more efficient, compliant, and future-ready supply chain.

Keynote Speakers

New for 2024, the keynotes will take center stage on Tuesday, April 9 hosted on the LIVE! Immersive Stage—an interactive platform situated as the focal point within the expo hall. This stage will not only host the enlightening keynotes but showcase immersive product demonstrations and the prestigious RFID Journal Awards.

The conference kicks off with an Opening Keynote – “Disruptive Technologies: The Future is Now.” This enlightening panel discussion features industry leaders who will delve into the transformative impact of AI, IoT, and Machine Learning (ML).

Among the speakers are Brandon Woodruff of Delta Air Lines; Corey Cook of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies Concepts; and Cameron Worth of SharpEnd. The panel will be moderated by Bill Hardgrave, president, University of Memphis and Justin Patton, director, RFID Lab, Auburn University.

The second panel will discuss the groundbreaking RFID deployments in corporate America: UPS’ pioneering Smart Package Smart Facility (SPSF) initiative with the innovative UPS Smart Vehicle on the show floor.

UPS’ Jon Gurney Bell will unveil the visionary project, sharing insights into its objectives, achievements, and impact on logistics standards. Amy Lio of LVMH will shares how UPS is setting a new industry benchmark with optimized tracking, efficiency, and unparalleled customer experiences. Plus, Jeffrey Radaker, MBA and the UPS team will be on hand to discuss how they are reducing carbon emissions and promoting a greener future.

These distinguished speakers and moderators promise to elevate the RFID Journal LIVE! 2024 experience, providing attendees with unparalleled insights and fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with these industry luminaries and shape the future of RFID, IoT, and AI.