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Canadian RFID conference to showcase electronic tagging

Markham, ON -- Visitors to the 2007 Canadian RFID Conference, to be held in Markham, Ont., May 8-9, will get a firs...


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April 26, 2007
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Markham, ON — Visitors to the 2007 Canadian RFID Conference, to be held in Markham, Ont., May 8-9, will get a first-hand look at the latest advances in and uses of what industry experts say is becoming the biggest thing since email — electronic tagging.

From presentations by leading RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Devices) experts, to interactive displays in electronic tagging and tracking technologies, and hands-on workshops, the 2007 Canadian RFID Conference will focus on new applications in hospitals and the healthcare industry, supply chain applications, payments and security, asset tracking, field data collection, manufacturing, and more.

The event takes place at the Delta Markham Hotel (formerly Radisson Markham), Scandia Ballroom, 50 East Valhalla Dr., Markham, Ont.

Businesses from every industry will benefit from the conference, which highlights first-hand accounts of current, innovative uses of RFID (technologies that use small computer chips to make every day objects intelligent and interactive), and the latest breakthroughs and applications in RFID and electronic tagging and tracking, said Bob Moroz, president of Markham-based RFID Canada, organizer of the conference.

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In just three to five years from now, everybody will be touching RFID in some way. Just like e-mail, which at one time people couldnt imagine going mainstream, RFID will be so pervasive well wonder what we did without it, explained Moroz, citing such already commonly-used RFID technologies as retail inventory tracing, pet tracking, electronic toll highway monitoring, and use of cards or tags to enter an office or pay for gasoline.

Among the highlights of the 2007 Canadian RFID conference are:

– A session by Melanie Millar-Chapman, senior policy and research analyst of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, who will highlight privacy concerns regarding RFID, including the social impact on consumers. (May 8, 2:45 p.m.).

– A keynote presentation by Dr. Adam Chowaniec, chairman of the recently formed Ontario Research and Innovation Council, who will give an update on Ontarios progress in developing a strategy for building a more creative, innovative and prosperous Ontario. (May 9, 8:15 a.m.)

– An overview provided by Edward M. Gonsalves, business development manager, Identification of NXP (founded by Philips) of advances in RFID over the past year, from RFID-based payment systems, to E-Passports, to new uses of the technology in the pharmaceutical, health care, transportation, manufacturing, sports, leisure, and service industries. (May 9, 8:45 a.m.)

– An address by Richard Simpson, director general, electronic commerce, Industry Canada, who will discuss the findings of a recent Industry Canada/Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) report, entitled Report on Business Consultations – Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Canada, which unveils how government, academia, the public and businesses can work together to gain a common understanding of RFID, and how this is expected to impact our society as a whole. (May 9, 9:20 a.m.)

– Interactive exhibits of some of the most innovative current and future uses of RFID technology.