U.S. Department of Defense to Host Defense Conference Track at EPC Connection 2008

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New sessions at EPCglobal NA's fifth annual event, being held Oct. 14-16 at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, will highlight the DOD's successful EPC projects and help educate its suppliers about the benefits of using EPC RFID technologies.

EPCglobal North America, a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral, user-driven organization supporting the adoption of Electronic Product Code (EPC) technology, announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will host a special Defense conference track at EPC Connection 2008, being held Oct. 14-16 at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The event, produced by RFID Journal, is EPCglobal NA's fifth annual conference and exhibition. The Defense track will focus on several key DOD deployments of radio frequency identification systems based on EPC standards. Among the presenters will be key representatives from across the department, its suppliers, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

"We are very pleased to be part of EPC Connection, as this gives us a forum to showcase some of our successful implementations," says Alan Estevez, the DOD's principal assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness. "It also gives us a unique opportunity to educate suppliers about our tagging requirements, and how they can use EPC technologies and standards to achieve business benefits."

The Defense track sessions will be open to both Department of Defense suppliers and non-suppliers looking to learn how the DOD is using EPC RFID to improve its supply chain operations. EPCglobal is offering to all attendees from the DOD and its suppliers a special 15% discount on passes to the event.

"Our goal, in organizing this event, is to bring together the community of companies using EPC technologies and standards to share ideas and gain new insights into how they can use EPC RFID to create truly collaborative supply chains and gain internal efficiencies," says John Seaner, VP and general manager of EPCglobal US. "The DOD has been at the forefront of adoption, so we are very pleased to be able to offer this in-depth education to the defense community."

In addition, EPC Connection will feature educational tracks focused on how to implement EPC technologies, and how to benefit from using EPC in retail, manufacturing and supply chain operations. These tracks will consist of new case studies and objective end-user presentations from companies across different sectors. Those interested in attending can register online by visiting http://www.epcconnection.com. Attendees can save up to $300 off the price of a conference pass by registering before the advance registration discounts end on Aug. 8.

About EPCglobal North America
EPCglobal North America serves subscribers in the United States and Canada, fostering the adoption of EPC technology. For more information, visit http://www.epcglobalna.org.

About RFID Journal
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information about radio frequency identification and its many business applications--in print, online and at face-to-face events. For more information, visit http://www.rfidjournal.com.


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