RFID Journal LIVE! 2019 Report, Part 1

By RFID Journal

RFID Journal recently held its 17th annual conference and exhibition. View the presentations from the event's keynotes, general sessions and preconference workshops.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are delivering remarkable benefits for companies in retail and apparel, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, health care and other sectors. These technologies have fully matured and are helping companies to reduce the amount of time staff members spend conducting inventory counts by more than 90 percent, while enhancing safety, automating processes, and decreasing the amount of time personnel waste searching for containers and tools. Businesses worldwide are deploying RFID solutions to improve customer service, reduce expenses and boost efficiencies.

This year's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, held on Apr. 2-4 at Arizona's Phoenix Convention Center, featured more than 100 hours of education, including many new end-user case studies. The program consisted of a wide variety of presenters explaining how to overcome implementation challenges, achieve business benefits, track and manage assets, and improve operations. More than 2,500 visitors attended this year's conference.

RFID Journal's Mark Roberti

LIVE! 2019, cornerstone-sponsored by SML, featured eight industry-specific and how-to conference tracks, six in-depth preconference workshops, the RFID Journal Awards, and the co-located IEEE RFID 2019 conference.

Attendees had the opportunity to register for RFID Professional Institute Certified Associate training. This one-day, fast-track course, presented by RFID4U, provided a solid foundation for how to design, install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot an RFID system in the field. The training prepared participants for the Institute's Certified Associate exam, which was delivered onsite at the event.

Recordings of the event's speaker presentations are now available in RFID Journal's online video library. Links to videos of the keynotes, general sessions and preconference workshops are provided on the following pages, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations (not all speakers have granted permission to have their presentations and/or slides archived).

KEYNOTES AND GENERAL SESSIONS

Item-Level RFID in Retail: Getting to Mass Adoption
Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal; Panelists: Joachim Wilkens, Head of Functional IT, C&A, and Richard Haig, CIO/CTO, Herman Kay
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RFID Drives Innovation at Mercedes
Speaker: Juergenhartmann, NLC of Methods, Innovation and AW, Daimler AG
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C&A's Joachim Wilkens and Herman Kay's Richard Haig

BAE Systems Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Capability With RFID
Speaker: Deirdre Schmidt, Operations Excellence Leader, BAE Systems
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Retailer Panel Discussion: How RFID Technology Is Transforming Retail Operations
Moderator: Dean Frew, Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP of RFID Solutions, SML; Panelists: Jack Nestell, Founding Partner, MyDyer, and Johan Stenstrom, Supply Chain Developer, Stadium AB
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Resistance Is Futile: Embracing the Inevitable Use of RFID in Apparel Retail
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Provost and VP, Auburn University
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PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

RFID Journal LIVE!'s preconference workshops provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of RFID, automatic identification and related technologies. Attendees at LIVE! 2019 were able to participate in one of these concurrent sessions prior to the opening or after the closing of the main conference program. Each preconference began with the following session:

RFID Basics
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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BAE Systems' Deirdre Schmidt and panelists

RFID for Warehouse and Inventory Management Workshop

Linking RFID to Inventory-Management Best Practices
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Targeting the Correct RFID Technology for the Right Project
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Designing Your RFID Solution
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Building Your RFID Business Case
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RFID on RTIs: Supply Chain Transparency Builds an Active World Based on Passive Tags
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RFID Strategic Workshop

An Overview of RFID Today
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Taking a Strategic Approach to RFID
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SML's Dean Frew and panelists

A Step-By-Step Approach to Developing a Strategic RFID Plan
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RFID and Change Management
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Next Steps
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RFID Journal University Workshop

The Physics Behind RFID
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Legislation and Standardization
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Dr. Bill Hardgrave

Live Demo: RFID in the Real World
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Real-World Considerations
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Building an RFID Business Case
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RFID for Airline Baggage Tracking Workshop

IATA: RFID Baggage Labels: Moving the Industry Forward
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Delta Leads the Way With RFID Baggage Tracking
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From the Trenches: Deploying Airline Baggage-Tracking Infrastructure at 120 Airports Worldwide
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RFID Baggage Tags: The Make-or-Break Consumable
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Buetooth Beacon Workshop

Bluetooth Beacon Basics
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Bluetooth Beacon Standards and Components
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Choosing and Deploying Bluetooth Beacons
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Developing a DIY System For Use as a Pilot
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Observations From a BLE Noob
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Presentations from LIVE! 2019's main-conference sessions will be posted next week in part two of this report. Visit RFID Journal's events page for information regarding upcoming conferences, virtual events and webinars.