RFID JOURNAL Announces Unparalleled Speaker Lineup for RFID Journal LIVE! 2006

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RFID Journal, the World’s RFID Authority, announced today an unparalleled lineup of speakers for RFID Journal LIVE! 2006, its 4th annual conference and exhibition. Held May 1-3, 2006, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, RFID Journal LIVE! 2006 will feature key industry leaders and early adopters who will discuss case studies and profitable RFID applications for business.

RFID Journal, the World’s RFID Authority, announced today an unparalleled lineup of speakers for RFID Journal LIVE! 2006, its 4th annual conference and exhibition. Held May 1-3, 2006, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, RFID Journal LIVE! 2006 will feature many of the leading early adopters in five key industry segments: Retail/Consumer Goods; Defense/Aerospace; Transportation/Logistics; Health Care/Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing industries. Business leaders from the leading companies in these industries will be presenting case studies and applied examples of profitable and efficient ways to utilize RFID.

Among the leaders addressing the retail/consumer track are: Carolyn Walton, Vice President of Information Systems, Wal-Mart; Mick O’Shea, Director of Auto-ID Sensing Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp, and Terri Crawford, Business IT Manager/Distribution, Publix. Participants will learn the results of retail-related research on the benefits of RFID, best practices for promotions tracking, how to reduce spoilage and improve on-shelf availability, and how to reduce out-of-stocks with RFID applications.

Addressing participants in the defense/aerospace track are: Ralph Anton and Vince Kinsey, leaders of the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; Denton Clark, AIT Manager, Lockheed Martin, and Ann Grackin, CEO of ChainLink Research. Among the topics Defense/Aerospace Track participants will learn about are how to track work-in-process, how to meet Department of Defense, Boeing and Airbus tagging requirements, and the strategies for using RFID to reduce counterfeit parts.

Participants in the transportation/logistics track will learn about how logistic hubs can benefit from a real-time locating system, how to improve cargo tracking with RFID, and the return on investment for improving asset utilization from known experts in the industry. Presenters in this track include: Kevin Humphries, Senior VP, IT Technology Services, Federal Express; Terrence McIntyre, Corporate Technology Services Manager, TNT Logistics NA, and Jens Heitmann, Head of Systems & Equipment Standardization, Airbus.

Among the speakers in the Health Care/Pharmaceutical Track are: Bob Celeste, Director, Action Groups EPCglobal; Jim Dowden, Director, Distribution Services, Hoffmann-La Roche, and Tim Marsh, Technology Manager for Global Package Technology, Pfizer. A range of topics will be discussed including how to reduce nurse workload with a patient ID system, how to improve patient safety with RFID, and the benefits of tracking lab samples with item-level RFID tags.

In the manufacturing track, attendees will learn how to improve the tracking of work; strategies for linking Six Sigma and RFID projects, and how to reduce parts defects with RFID. Daniel Engels, Ph.D., Director of Research for MIT Auto-ID Labs; Dan Mullen, President, AIM Global, and Jim Noble, Group Vice President & CIO, Altria will be presenting.

“We’ve tailored each track to provide information about how companies can use RFID to solve industry-specific problems, so attendees can take-away information that relates directly to their business,” said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. “And we’ve recruited the leading early adopters in these sectors to provide insights about how they put RFID to work for their business,.

Content for RFID Journal LIVE! will also cover how RFID will positively impact business processes in four key functional areas: information technology, supply chain management, operations and warehouse management.

IBM is the event’s signature sponsor. Microsoft is a premium sponsor. Tyco/ADT, Motorola, and Unisys are track sponsors. Platinum sponsors include Acsis, Avery Dennison, Diagraph, Applied Wireless Identification, Intermec, Oracle, Paxar, PowerID, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, ThingMagic and True Demand. Gold plus sponsors include Blue Vector, EMS, The Kennedy Group, Impinj, Markem, ODIN Technologies, Omni Trol Networks, Philips, Reva Systems, SureID, T3Ci, Tagsys RFID, VeriSign, UPM, Xterprise, and Zebra.

To register for RFID Journal LIVE! 2006 please visit http://www.rfidjournal.com/live2006/registration.php. RFID Journal LIVE! 2006 will be held in Las Vegas May 1-3. Attendees registering before February 28, 2006 will save $200. For more information, please e-mail livehelp@rfidjournal.com. For sponsorship information, please contact Nancy Puglisi, VP of Sales, at nancy@rfidjournal.com.

About RFID Journal

RFID Journal is the only independent media company devoted solely to covering radio frequency identification and its many business applications. Its mission is to be the ultimate resource for businesspeople who need to understand how RFID can help their companies boost supply chain efficiencies, reduce inventories, limit theft, improve product availability and add convenience for consumers. RFID Journal serves the needs of businesspeople and technologists looking to take advantage of a broad array of RFID technologies with timely news, strategic analysis, networking opportunities at events and in-depth education. http://www.rfidjournal.com.

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