Projects and Events

The AIDC 100 organization is involved in various projects and events.

2012: RFID and Bar-Code Co-existence with RFID Journal Live

The AIDC 100 “RFID and Bar Code Co-existence” Workshop was held in conjunction with RFID Journal Live convention that was held in Orlando, FL on April 3, 2012.

2009: Strategic RFID Workshop with RFID Journal Live

The AIDC 100 “Strategic RFID Workshop” was held in conjunction with RFID Journal Live convention that was held in Orlando, FL on April 27, 2009. An overview:

Radio frequency identification is part of a broader category of technologies that fall under “automatic identification and data capture,” or AIDC. Because other AIDC technologies, including bar codes, have been so successful, AIDC professionals have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about the pitfalls of implementing systems, the course standards development takes, ways of leveraging the new technology with legacy systems and how to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the synergy within and across business functions based on a variety of automatic identification technology solutions.

This uniquely interactive workshop is offered to augment the other “technically-focused” vertical market pre-conference sessions to allow end users to send a team member to understand the “strategic” approach to RFID technology adoption. Brought to you by the AIDC 100 organization of professionals who have significantly contributed to the growth and advancement of the AIDC industry, this workshop will provide you with insight on how you can avoid problems and save implementation costs by understanding the parallels of RFID by way of the lessons learned through the adoption of bar codes.

2008: Evolution of an RFID Revolution Registration

The AIDC 100 “Evolution of an RFID Revolution” Forum was held on October 15, 2008 at Merrimack College, Andover, MA. This was the 4th in our annual series and proved to be very beneficial to all who attended.

The theme of this forum reflected the progress of RFID technology through case studies in supply chain management, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing industries, as well as business problem solutions utilizing RFID technology. Those in attendance included company executives, project managers, design engineers, operations managers, IS technologists and managers, business leaders, and educators.

Merrimack College also did an excellent job of describing RFID technology capabilities, research activities, case studies, and industry/university collaboration/partnering, including RFID education, curriculum, hands-on training lab and equipment, student project activities, and job opportunities.

2006: Truth in Technologies: Efficiency, Safety and Privacy

The AIDC 100 “Truth in Technologies 2006: Efficiency, Safety and Privacy” Forum was held on October 5, 2006 at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY. This was the 3rd in our annual series and proved to be even more interactive and informative than the past.

This year’s Forum focused on vertical industry applications and global supply chain Efficiency, Safety and Privacy. Designed to provide a platform for debate and open discussions, the Forum addressed the global perspectives on the issues facing the applications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), bar coding, biometrics and other automatic identification technologies.

Efficiency – How can identification technologies improve productivity and visibility throughout local and global supply chains? Comments on perceived or realized strengths and limitations of various technologies

Security – How are identification technologies being applied to enhance security associated with travel and borders, people, products, materials? What is being done with these technologies to assure consumers that the food products, pharmaceutical products and healthcare services are safe and secure? What is the status of these technologies related to widespread adoption and implementation?

Privacy – How can identification technologies be used to properly balance security and the consumer’s right to privacy? What are the regulatory bodies’ roles and the public policy considerations that should be weighed and considered?

2005: Truth in Technologies: Supply Chain RFID

The 2005 AIDC 100 “Truth in Technologies: Supply Chain RFID” Forum held on October 27, 2005 at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY was a tremendous success.

Positive comments were received from the more than 100 attendees including the desire to attend next year’s event.

2004: Truth in Technologies: RFID and Bar Codes

The 2004 AIDC 100 “Truth in Technologies: RFID & Bar Codes” Forum that was held October 20, 2004 at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY was a tremendous success.

The goal was to produce a forum that provided users, suppliers, and technology vendors in the Automatic ID industry with a clear vision of the contentious issues arising between RFID and Bar Coding. The objective of the forum is to clarify and improve the relations between users and suppliers so that the implementation process becomes smoother, quicker, and mutually beneficial.

There were over 100 attendees for the one-day event, and many positive comments were received from the attendees ranging from “superb”, “outstanding”, “phenomenal”, to “this was the most informative event every attended.”

Forum Summary:

“Truth in Technologies 2004: RFID & Bar Codes” October 20, 2004 at Stony Brook University; Stony Brook, NY

AIDC 100’s no-holds-barred, highly interactive conference on RFID & Bar Codes was held at Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center on October 20. The following paragraphs highlight some of the presentation content, but cannot do justice to the substance provided or the electricity generated in a number of spirited exchanges between speakers and attendees throughout the day. Session facilitators, Dr. Daniel Engels, Research Director at MIT’s Auto ID Labs and John Hill, Principal at ESYNC, were kept busy balancing the endless flow of questions with the objective of allowing speakers to make it through their entire presentations. The bottom line? The rumors of bar coding’s demise have been greatly and sadly exaggerated. RFID is coming; in fact, for many container and high value item identification applications, it is already here. Nonetheless, a number of challenges, both technical and political, must be resolved before we can expect to see widespread deployment for item, case and pallet identification in the global supply chain. And, even when the challenges have been addressed, it is clear that the technology will not fix poorly conceived business processes or infrastructure. The message for users? If you have not done so already, initiate your investigation of RFID in a measured fashion that articulates specific objectives, identifies opportunities that cannot be addressed with other AIDC technology and establishes a supportable value proposition for moving forward. And certainly, at this juncture, don’t even think about throwing the bar code baby out with the bath water!

Dick Meyers, AIDC 100 chairman, welcomed attendees and opened the program by acknowledging the great promise of RFID for the supply chain, but he quickly added that it will be many years before bar coding disappears. He expressed the hope that the forum would provide a clear vision of where the two technologies fit within the supply chain, while laying the foundation for leveraging the lessons learned during the early days of bar coding to accelerate development and cost-effective application of RFID. Emphasizing the importance of open and honest dialogue between trading partners, he urged attendees to focus on building a business case for RFID deployment based upon proven performance capabilities, not speculation.

Kathy Smith, Special Assistant for End-to-End Customer Support in DoD’s Supply Chain Integration organization, is responsible for developing policy for RFID implementation. Her presentation, which highlighted DoD’s experience with RFID for container and high value item tracking since 1994, stressed the importance of optimizing the supply chain business process to leverage the potential of any technology. RFID’s ability to provide asset visibility from source to the battlefield is a critical component of DoD’s knowledge-enabled logistics program. Kathy outlined DoD’s requirement for EPC-compliant supplier tagging of specific item cases and pallets shipped to two locations (DDSP & DDJC) beginning in January 2005, expanding to all items and locations by 2007. Program details can be found at

Mark Reboulet, USAF, “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and the AF Passive Military Shipping Label Test”, presented an overview of RFID technology deployment and testing in the Air Force, including an excellent example of the complementary use of bar coding and RFID for munitions tracking. Bar codes attached to individual munitions are scanned as they are loaded into a container and the data is transferred to an active 433 MHz RFID container tag for container tracking. This month the Air Force will be tagging container shipments to Ramstein AFB (Germany) to evaluate technology performance through the extended supply chain. Additionally, an RFID-based real time locating system (RTLS) has been installed at Robins AFB.

Steven Braun, Hospira, highlighted the critical role bar coding plays in reducing errors in hospital medication dispensing and then outlined his company’s approach to using the technology as well as its value as a competitive differentiator. Among the many points made in Steve’s presentation, Hospira’s formation of a multi-disciplinary team to assess bar coding options, select the symbology (RSS) and craft a deployment plan was particularly noteworthy. He also emphasized the importance of standards that address the requirements of specific applications in specific industries for specific types of products. Although Hospira’s bar coding program is delivering a significant return on investment, Steve indicated that the company is also looking at “ready today” applications such as patient, controlled product and high-value equipment location tracking. He added, however, that the FDA must clarify its position on the technology to drive industry adoption and predicted that measurable ROI is likely to be eight to ten years away.

Dr. John Hamilton delivered the luncheon keynote on Business Strategy and the RFID Challenge. Dr. Cook, who serves as Associate Director of the Consortium for Supply Chain Management at the John Cook School of Business, St. Louis University, echoed other speaker calls for sanity in assessing RFID’s potential as a supply chain performance improvement enabler. The process, he said, must begin with a clear understanding of the RFID value proposition, including how the technology might contribute to short and longer-term competitive differentiation. He, too, agreed that RFID will not replace bar coding and that the two technologies will continue to co-exist for some time to come.

Jim Dean and Dick Pocek of Energizer Holdings, Inc. built a strong case for working with a third party logistics provider on RFID testing and deployment to ready the company for initial compliance with the Wal-Mart mandate, while minimizing the technology’s potentially disruptive effect on regular operations. Partnering with Exel Logistics, Energizer has conducted extensive tests of RFID performance on various carton types, the effects of tag placement and orientation as well as different tag and antenna configurations. Seeing significant downstream potential for RFID in manufacturing, warehousing, container and yard management, reverse logistics, asset tracking and, eventually, at the point of sale, Energizer’s approach has enabled them to meet initial requirements, reduce risk and keep their options open for broader deployment as the technology evolves.

Richard Rees, President of Scanology (Edinburgh, Scotland), and John Greaves, Deloitte Global RFID Technology Integration, addressed the question “Is EPC Really Global”, suggesting on the one hand that the concept is certainly “global”, but on the other that there is considerable work to be done to ensure that standards are harmonized to facilitate, rather than constrain its exploitation. Citing the fact that 70% of EPC’s current membership is from the USA, Rees stated that EPC is “not yet global” and won’t be until specification issues are resolved with ISO, the International Standardization Organization, and other stakeholders including the Chinese. Greaves concurred, but cited broad overseas disinterest in EPC and the failure of the European and Asian vendor communities to proactively address it as a major hurdle. Both speakers emphasized the importance of investigating the likely impact of the flood of RFID data upon existing communications networks and IT infrastructures, urging prospective users to begin such investigation now.

Craig Harmon of Q.E.D. Systems tells it like it is! And, it was difficult to quarrel with his perspective entitled The Emperor Has No Clothes, a comprehensive review of RFID technology, standards, intellectual property and related issues. Craig provided an in-depth examination of the technical and political challenges and minced few words on current performance issues and the fundamental importance of standards. Must reading for neophytes and practiced hands, the presentation concluded with the prediction that the 860 to 960 MHz bandwidth for passive tags and 433 MHz for active tags coupled with global endorsement of ISO 18000-6 and 18000-7 standards would prevail. He further suggested that both DoD and Wal-Mart will drive EPCglobal to détente and proactive collaboration with ISO – and that the RFID market will grow at a rate of 30 to 35% through 2009.

Tom Miller, President of Intermec Technologies Corporation, Mike Lowry, President & CEO, Lowry Computer Products, Kevin Jost, President & CEO, Hand Held Products and Steve Lambright, Vice President of SAVI Technology, teamed for a panel discussion on the subject of the provider’s perspective with particular emphasis on “Are user expectations realistic?” and “Is the RFID channel ready to provide the services needed?”. From the discussion, with the notable exception again of applications in manufacturing, container and high-value or mission-critical item identification, it appears that RFID channel investment is being approached cautiously. Issues related to building a resource pool, both technical and sales related, appear to be significant – and, with performance and standards issues still in flux, it is difficult to plant a stake in the ground. “The promise is there, but none of us is making any money on the Wal-Mart program.”

Mark Roberti, founder and editor of the RFID Journal, provided an insightful wrap-up on the day’s presentations acknowledging that although the media can on occasion be faulted for oversimplifying the challenges associated with the introduction and adoption of new technology, it plays a pivotal role in providing the visibility essential to building awareness and demand. He then challenged attendees, particularly suppliers, to look for opportunities to continue the dialogue initiated at Stony Brook to ensure broader understanding of the potential as well as the limitations, not only of RFID, but also of other AIDC technology and systems.


Companies and Organizations attending “Truth in Technologies 2004: Bar Code and RFID” October 20, 2004 – Stony Brook University, NY.

  • AC Nielsen
  • Accurate Data Systems
  • Accu-Sort Systems
  • AdvaMed
  • Advanstar Technology Group
  • AIM Global
  • Alien Technology
  • American Woodmark
  • Aviant Systems
  • Axicon
  • Auto ID
  • Barcode Data Systems Corp
  • Blazuk Management/MSU
  • CEM & Associates
  • Codetech
  • Computype
  • Data Capture Institute
  • Data Capture Solutions
  • Datamax Corporation
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Delta Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Descartes Systems Group
  • E. Gluck Company
  • Eagle Consulting & Development
  • Emma S. Clark Memorial Library
  • Energizer
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Fox & Gilligan Associates
  • FXB Consulting
  • Griffin-Rutgers Co.
  • HHP
  • Hospira
  • Iimak
  • IMI
  • Intermec Technologies
  • International RFID Business Assoc
  • K C Mundy Enterprises
  • Label-Aire
  • Lowry Computer Products
  • Materials Handling Inst of America
  • MIT Auto ID Labs
  • Mobisys Group
  • Mohanian Consulting
  • Northrop Grumman IT
  • Ohio University
  • PathGuide
  • Paul Bergé International
  • PIPS Psion
  • Teklogix
  • Q.E.D. Systems
  • Quad II
  • RFID Journal
  • RMG Enterprises
  • Robert Rylander & Associates
  • Robocom Systems International
  • Rovenet, Inc.
  • Saint Louis University
  • SAMSys
  • Savi Technology
  • Scanology BV
  • ScanSource
  • Siemens Corporate Research
  • SSI
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Stratix Corporation
  • Symbol Technologies
  • Symbol Vision
  • Technosoft Consulting
  • TechScan Corporation TKO
  • Enterprises Two Technologies
  • Webscan
  • WS packaging Group XSB, Inc
  • Zebra Technologies