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RFID Journal LIVE! 2018 Report, Part 1

By Rich Handley
Last month, RFID Journal held its 16th annual conference and exhibition. View the presentations from the event's keynotes, general sessions and preconference seminars.

Radio frequency identification (RFID) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are delivering dramatic improvements in business efficiencies. 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 also 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. 10-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., featured more than 100 hours of education, including more than 50 new end-user case studies. The program consisted of preconference seminars, a main conference (keynotes and tracks) and post-conference master classes, with presenters explaining how to overcome implementation challenges, achieve business benefits, track and manage assets, and improve operations. More than 3,000 visitors attended this year's conference.

LIVE! 2018, cornerstone-sponsored by SML, featured eight industry tracks. The event also offered eight preconference seminars, two post-conference workshops and the co-located (IEEE RFID 2018 conference.

Attendees had the opportunity to register for RFID Professional Institute Certified Associate training. This one-day, fast-track course 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 seminars 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

Boeing Deploys RFID In-House for Assembly Management
Speaker: John Yu, Senior Manager, Automated Identification, Boeing
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RFID Strategies and Best Practices for Today and Tomorrow
Speakers: Dominique Rhines, Lead USMC Distribution Systems Functional Advocate and RFID Co-lead, U.S.M.C.; Gary Tattersall, Director of Asset Protection and Risk Management, Jack Wills; Henry Nisiobincki, RFID Program Manager, American Woodmark; Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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RFID Brings New Level of Data to Understanding Performance
Speaker: Phil Savage, Executive Director, The Reese's Senior Bowl
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Panel Discussion: Benefit of RFID in the Retail Industry
Speakers: Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML; Greg Czerpak, Senior VP, Merchandise Planning and Allocation, Lids Sports Group; Johan Stenstrom, Supply Chain, Stadium AB
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Driving Innovation: How RFID is Helping the Aviation Industry
Speaker: Mark Summersm Market Development Manager, Aviation, Avery Dennison RFID

GM Transforms Tool Tracking with RFID
Speakers: Lloyd Luettke, RFID, Vendor Tooling Asset Management, General Motors; Robert Blankenburg, GBS Asset Management, Manager, Vendor Tooling, General Motors; Ronald Mills, Director of Asset Services, General Motors
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PRECONFERENCE SEMINARS

RFID Journal LIVE!'s preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of RFID, automatic identification and related technologies. Attendees at LIVE! 2018 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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ITEM-LEVEL RETAIL AND APPAREL

Retailers worldwide are employing RFID to track individual items, thereby improving inventory accuracy and enabling them to have products on shelves when customers want to buy them. This workshop explained where the benefits are, how to achieve them and how RFID enables true omnichannel retailing.

Preparing for the Technology-Enabled Future of Retail
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Item-Level RFID Industry Adoption Update
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Improving Inventory Accuracy with RFID
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Insights from a Major RFID Deployment: Interview with Target Corp.
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RFID/IOT FOR WAREHOUSE AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

RFID represents an opportunity to greatly improve inventory visibility and management, and to automate some common tasks, such as receiving. During this preconference, attendees learned about specific RFID technologies for warehouse and inventory management within the supply chain. They also took home practical tools, methods and implementation best practices to get project started on the right path immediately.

Linking RFID to Inventory Management Best Practices
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Targeting the Correct RFID Technology for Your Project
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Key Steps in Building and Inventory Mangement RFID Solution: Build Your Own Portal
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Designing Your RFID Solution
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Building Your Business Case
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RFID STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES

This workshop, presented by RFID Journal founder and editor Mark Roberti, was designed for senior executives of companies that have already deployedor currently seek to deployRFID systems. It focused on helping businesses to formulate an RFID strategy that will lead to greater competitive advantage and shareholder value, and to adopt best practices that will ensure a successful outcome.

An Overview of RFID Today
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Taking a Strategic Approach to RFID
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A Step-By-Step Approach to Developing an RFID Strategic Plan
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RFID and Change Management
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Next Steps
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BLUETOOTH BEACON WORKSHOP

The Bluetooth beacon market is growing rapidly and offers products that compete with, complement and incorporate RFID technology. This one-day, hands-on workshop taught participants how to design and deploy BLE solutions.

Introduction to Bluetooth Beacon Basics
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Anatomy of a BLE Message
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Antennas and Site Surveys
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Developing a Do-It-Yourself System for Use as a Pilot
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Real-Time Location Made Simple
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Interactive Demonstration and Q&A
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RFID FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

This seminar explained how to build a complete software architecture, including the structure of RFID-based visibility data that enterprise applications consume, the data-capture software that creates this information, and the various architecture and product choices that an IT architect faces in building and deploying a successful system.

RFID Visibility for Business Application
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RFID Data Capture Software
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Putting It Together: Architecture, Product Selection and IT Governance
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RFID Tag Data Standards
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RFID Data-Capture Standards: LLRP and ALE
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ASSET-TRACKING ESSENTIALS

Most companies have tools, jigs, prototypes, reusable containers, IT equipment and other assets that they struggle to track. RFID makes the job much easier and reduces the capital expenditure required to replace lost or misplaced assets. This seminar was designed to help companies use RFID to track assets more efficiently.

Determining Whether You Need Active or Passive RFID
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Choosing the Right Passive RFID Tags: Key Factors to Consider
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Evaluating Software Options
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Migrating from Bar Codes to RFIDWhat You Need to Know
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Choosing the Right Readers
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RFID JOURNAL UNIVERSITY

RFID Journal University was designed to provide those new to radio frequency identification with the foundational knowledge needed to begin understanding how RFID can be applied to solve specific business problems, so that they can choose the right option for a specific application and select the proper vendors to achieve a successful outcome.

The Physics Behind RFID
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Legislation and Standardization
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Real-World Considerations
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Building an RFID Business Case
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Presentations from LIVE! 2018's main-conference sessions, as well as the RFID Journal Awards, 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.