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Join us as we
celebrate SoftMatch's 25th year in business (18th year
with Supply Chain Solutions 2007 - an RFID Workshop and a
global supply chain conference, designed for senior and mid level
Executive, Logistics, and Information Technology management.
October 2007: RFID Workshop
designed one-day educational Workshop for busy organizational
decision makers -
This is the
premier independent workshop
in Canada for decision makers who need to understand RFID (Radio
Frequency Identification) and how to make the right choices about
investing in this technology for their organizations and supply chain
Get your knowledge
about RFID 'up-to-speed' quickly with this information-packed
workshop - led by Ann Grackin, 25-year industry veteran and CEO of
Cambridge, Mass. based ChainLink Research; Bill McBeath, Chief
Research Officer, ChainLink Research, Inc. and Len Shara, 20+ year
systems veteran, chemical engineer and CEO of RFID Systems 2001. (see
starts with an introduction to RFID then explains the science of
RFID, the hardware and software involved and a discussion of Active
RFID systems. Attendees will be provided with the latest information
and insightful guidance about RFID technology, mandates and standards
so as to determine the suitability of RFID for their organizations
and whether to proceed with RFID projects.
This Workshop delivers
strategic analysis and advice
and discusses whether organizations
should adopt RFID, and if
so, how they should
select, implement and integrate
RFID with their existing systems.
Attend ? C-level
Executives, Directors, Vice Presidents, Information Technology and
Supply Chain / Logistics professionals, IT Solution providers,
Packaging Engineers, Wholesalers, Distributors, Re-Packagers; Supply
Chain Consultants, Project Managers, Pharmacists; and anyone who
needs to know, or is interested in what the experts are predicting
for this exciting technology and how it will affect business. Top
RFID Workshop Agenda:
Registration Desk opens for Badge and materials pick-up. Enjoy
Ample time will be
available during, and at the end of, each session for Q & A.
Introduction to RFID
covers the basics of RFID -- components, technology and terminology.
It is designed for those who have no background in RFID and are
looking for basic terminology and principles. Topics include:
- What is RFID?
- What is a total
- Hardware and Software
- Different types
of Tags, Readers and Middleware
- Why is RFID
different than other data collection approaches?
- What are the
different frequencies and what are the benefits and challenges in each?
- What is the
difference between Active and Passive?
- Typical use case
for RFID: Logistics, Yard, Retail, Asset Tracking and more
- Mandate and
- The role of standards
receive supplementary readings, reading lists, and important
references for future study.
Science of RFID
How does this wily
technology work? What are the scientific principles behind RFID? This
session will give you the essentials for understanding how to master
key aspects of RFID:
- What are the
different types of solutions in wireless from RFID to GPS to
Satellite to Cellular?
- Near Field and
Far Field Communication
- Indoor vs.
Outdoor challenges with RFID
- Effect of materials
receive a 50 page primer "RFID: What you Must Know".
- 11:15 Break
11:15 The RFID
Hardware Market + RFID Demo
With so many
players and so many claims in the market, how do you go about
understanding the solution providers in the market? This session will address:
- What are the
different categories of RFID technology firms?
- What function do
- Who are the
players, what kind of solutions do they provide, what are they good at?
- How do I go
about engaging in dialogue with solution providers and selecting the
- Some market
numbers and views of the future
receive class handouts as well as ChainLink's "RFID Hardware
Vendor Profiles 2007".
12:30 - 1:30
PM: Networking Lunch
1:30: The RFID
It's all about the
data. So once I capture a signal, then what? RFID is unleashing a
data explosion of real-time, position sensitive information,
capturing business events as they are happening. This opens the door
to new types of applications or improvements in legacy applications.
This session will cover the RFID Software Market:
environments -- what are the different types of applications: from a
user perspective, such as Security, Transportation, Retail,
Manufacturing, Defense, Maritime, Mining, Utilities, and Healthcare?
What are the
software components underlying these capabilities: from RFID
middleware, to Network applications, to business applications such as
customer data/CRM/Loyalty programs, Demand Management and
replenishment, Warehouse management, Asset tracking, Document
tracking, Access control, Locating, Inventory management, and
Optimization of business processes?
Who are the
providers of these applications in the Software Market?
receive class handouts as well as ChainLink's "RFID Software
Vendor Profiles 2007".
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00:
Active RFID has
many uses and proven value in specific applications. Whether Asset
tracking, access control, security, etc., Active RFID has been
successfully deployed in many businesses from Auto, to Maritime, to
Hospitals to Mines. But, not all Active solutions are the same. There
are significant engineering, frequency and hardware differences
designed to solve different types of problems. This session will
provide an introduction to the Active solution:
- Types of Active
- Components of
- What are the
different frequencies UHF, 433 MHz and 2.4 GHz, 802.11 and which
problems do they best solve?
- What are
problems such as trace and track vs. precision locating and how are
- What is a
locating solution, both the hardware and software? How do they work?
- How to determine
location: telemetry, triangulation, RSSI, TDOA, and GPS
- Mapping out a
solution: examples from real life.
To register online
for this Workshop, visit www.softmatch.com/registration.htm
Or call (416)-756-3221
As CEO of
ChainLink Research, Ann Grackin
has consulted with firms around the globe creating business and
technology strategy in High Tech, Defense Logistics, Life Sciences
and Consumer retail chains. Ms Grackin has consulted with business
and governments and conducted regular RFID training and awareness
sessions for industrial and consumer firms throughout the world.
Within the RFID
space, ChainLink has a large practice in SmallSmartFast technologies,
where they provide future forward research and strategy on RFID.
ChainLink is the sponsor of worldwide university research curriculum,
development lab work, and entrepreneurial innovation in RFID technology.
is certified instructor for the RFID Technical Institute and has been
teaching the Science of RFID, as well as RFID integration and Data
Synchronization. Mr. McBeath has lead the Supply Chain research in
Retail with major research projects in RFID, International Logistics,
Vendor Compliance, Private Label and Merchandizing practices. In
addition, Mr. McBeath is an instructor for the U.S. Navy RFID program.
a chemical engineer with over 20 years experience in identification
technologies and systems, will be looking after the hands-on portion
of the workshops, explaining and demonstrating to attendees how
different kinds of RFID systems actually work and which ones are best
for different types of applications. Len is CEO of Canadian-based
RFID Systems 2001.