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Ease on Down the Road...
CDO RoadTag Shows
It's the Right Way

CDO Technologies - City of Dayton Project Named
2015 RFID Case Study Competition Winner

The Civil Engineering Group in the City of Dayton had a vision – ensure safe roadways by knowing exactly when an area of asphalt begins to deteriorate so the road could be fixed before a pothole appears.  Roadway defects can cause bodily harm and vehicle damage. In addition to these constituent concerns, such hazards can be costly for cities responsible for maintaining streets and protecting the community.

For anyone living in regions prone to roads that freeze and thaw repeatedly, the vision in Dayton seemed almost impossible, maybe even crazy to expect such a tall order.

However, the team at CDO Technologies knew RFID technology could be put to good use in this situation and introduced CDO RoadTag, developed to reduce time between the reporting of a hazard and its correction, thus deliver a viable solution that was cost effective as well. It would also let the City’s engineers know which contractor or utility was responsible for the repair, and insure contractor compliance, not to mention save taxpayer dollars.

Before CDO RoadTag, information on road defects was manually retrieved by searching city records, the responsible company was notified, and steps would be taken to repair the defect. But determining this key information was a lengthy process and took time away from other critical tasks. Engineers, administrators and even contractors spent hours to define the resolution. Meanwhile, the hazard remained or even grew, and risked personal expenses and community safety.

CDO RoadTag provides programed RFID tags containing relevant information which are provided to a contractor when a utility permit is issued. Contractors then place the tags under the final lift of roadway surface. Once installed, engineers and auditors have the ability, using RFID readers, to retrieve data from the tags to get instant access to construction data.

Talk about success!  Routine field checks for CDO RoadTag installations during the first year of implementation yielded nearly 100% contractor compliance.  The city expects to save nearly $60,000 in manpower each year currently spent investigating defects, and believes it will reduce by 80% the time to investigate, schedule and repair defects.

Tim Riordan, Dayton's City Manager, knows they found a winner when he said, "I'm sure our citizens and business have no idea there are RFID tags beneath some of Dayton's streets, but the data collected will help us save money, time and resources over the long run." 

AIM is pleased to honor CDO Technologies for this ground breaking innovation using RFID!  Don Ertel, Vice President of Operations, accepted the 2015 RFID Case Study Competition Award on behalf of the CDO Technologies team at AIM Summit 2015 this past April in San Diego.

To access complete details about CDO Technologies' winning submission, download the entire case study here, or visit the AIM website.

Setting the Stage for
Enhanced Patient Care
Through RFID Technology

AIM's Healthcare Initiative Committee (HCI) Presents Cutting Edge Document Designed to Improve Patient Care & Safety

Peter J. Hawrylak, PhD | University of Tulsa

Member, Healthcare Initiative Committee & REG

The Healthcare Initiative committee (HCI) of the RFID Experts Group (REG) just completed version 1.0 of Medical Electrical Equipment and System Electromagnetic Immunity Test for Exposure to Radio Frequency Identification Readers, a document describing a test methodology for evaluating the interaction of external medical devices (e.g., those medical devices outside of the human body such as IV pumps and heart-rate monitors) with RFID systems.

While RFID and other wireless technologies have been integrated into processes at many healthcare facilities, guidelines for testing to determine if RFID interacts with external medical devices are lacking. Without such guidelines, it is difficult to identify and address the root-causes of these interactions. The goal of HCI's document is to provide guidelines to evaluate if the electromagnetic emissions from RFID equipment interact with external medical devices.

The HCI worked for over three years to develop this document with the input and expertise of individuals from the RFID industry, including end-users and system integrators, product compliance test laboratories, academic centers of excellence in medical device testing and development, and medical device researchers.

The test protocol was evaluated by researchers at a United States government laboratory and by a commercial compliance test laboratory for scientific validity, thoroughness, usability, and practicality. The results of these evaluations validated the test protocol presented in the document and provided feedback that was used to improve test procedures to improve usability and refine the required documentation and result information provided to customers.

This document covers major commercial versions of RFID technology and protocols that have been ratified by the IEC/ISO standards body and covers the vast majority of commercial RFID systems in use today. RFID systems included in this document include those operating in the low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF), and ultra-high frequency (UHF) frequency ranges, including 2.45GHz (frequency band that Wi-Fi uses). Specifically, the following RFID standards are included ISO 14223, ISO/IEC 14443-3 (Type A), ISO/IEC 14443-4 (Type B), ISO/IEC 15693 (also known as ISO 18000-3 Mode 1), ISO 18000-3 Mode 3, ISO/IEC 18000-4 Mode 1, ISO/IEC 18000-63 Type C, and ISO/IEC 18000-7.

The HCI will revise and update this document to reflect changes and additions to the RFID technology landscape, external medical device testing requirements, and end-user needs, and hopes to provide the material in this document to international standards bodies (e.g., ISO and IEC) for inclusion in the appropriate testing standards or as a stand-alone document.

It is the Committee's belief that this document provides a solid foundation and blueprint to run repeatable tests to determine if, and how, RFID equipment and external medical devices interact. The findings of these experiments will enable RFID and medical device manufactures to improve their products to enable co-existence and realize the full potential of each technology in a healthcare facility.

Dr. Hawrylak is an Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Tulsa, who holds twelve patents in the RFID space and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology & Applications. His areas of expertise are in securing embedded systems, wireless devices, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). He is an active participant in several AIM committees including the Internet of Things (IoT) and RFID Experts Group (REG).  In 2015, Dr. Hawrylak was named the recipient of AIM's Williams Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and collaborative effort to further the growth of the AIDC industry in academia.

The value of AIM and its impact on technology and innovation that is shaping the future of the automatic identification industry can be directly tied to the continued growth and strength that dedicated membership brings.  As the association climbs toward the half century mark, it's gratifying to see that we are continuing to reach new heights.

AIM is pleased to welcome these new members.  Be sure to learn more about them by clicking on their names below.

As always, a special thank you to all of the AIM members and industry partners who made referrals!  If you know an individual or organization that would benefit from being a part of AIM's global network, make an introduction today or contact AIM Member Services to refer a candidate.
Don't forget...a limited-time introductory membership offer of $99 is available to users of automatic identification technologies and solutions, who qualify.  For more information, visit the Technology User Membership page on the AIM website.
AIM Pavilion Gets Ready for 2016!
Hard to believe, but planning is already underway for AIM and the AIM Pavilion to put down stakes in a city near you.

Here's a quick glance at the opportunities coming up.  Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot before they're gone.  To get pricing or other exhibit specifications, contact Mary Lou Bosco by email or call AIM Headquarters at +1.724.742.4470.

Supply Chain & Transportation USA 2016 (a MODEX co-location)
April 4 - 7, 2016
Atlanta | Georgia World Congress Center

New in 2016!  AIM will host a Partnership Breakfast.  Watch for details.

RFID Journal LIVE! 2016
May 3 - 6, 2016
Orlando, Florida | Orange County Convention Center
AIM Exclusive!  Exhibit prices frozen at 2015 rate, but only three (3) spaces remain!

AIM Adds Track & Trace Committee
Earlier this summer, AIM announced the creation of its new Track & Trace Committee, designed to develop, educate, promote and aid in the adoption of automatic identification strategies designed to support compliance of regulations related to food industry product traceability.
The committee is looking to build a solid base of industry experts from within AIM’s current membership base and partners, as well as recruit additional individuals with a variety of experience in track and trace solutions.

Elizabeth Sinclair, an executive with Seagull Scientific’s Vertical Markets team, has been appointed Chair by the AIM Board.  The committee held its initial meeting in late June with an overwhelming response.

Individuals looking to get engaged with the T&T Committee should contact Member Relations Coordinator Jayne Gaston by email or call AIM Headquarters.

Committee Connection

Mary Lou Bosco, AIM Chief Operating Officer
Jayne Gaston, AIM Member Relations Coordinator
Steve Halliday, RAIN RFID Alliance President

This regular feature in AIMatters is designed to keep you up-to-date on the work of the various committees within the association. All AIM members are eligible to join committees and we encourage every member to participate in the great work being done to enhance and support our industry.

To receive information specific to a committee’s work, offer ideas for new topics or projects, or get involved with a committee, contact AIM Committee Connection today.

AIT Alliance (AIT) | AIM North America
Chair – J.T. Mackey, Monode

The 2nd annual AIT in DoD Symposium - Integrating Practice, Technology & Innovation - will be held at the Hilton Arlington (Ballston) on September 15th,
and features a variety of educational sessions, technology demonstrations and executive roundtable discussions with corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Speakers will include executives from Zebra Technologies, Delta Airlines, Honeywell, Motorola and Datalogic, along with educators from Southern Methodist University (SMU), George Mason University and the University of North Carolina. Additionally, senior representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) Logistics & Material Readiness and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present.

The Symposium will conclude with the presentation of the 2015 AIM NA Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Award. Established in 2013, this award honors a recipient from the government sector that has championed the successful use of AIT within the local, state or national government. Previous recipients include U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Paul Peters of the Department of Defense. A networking reception will follow for all Symposium attendees.

Active government employees will receive complimentary registration, while AIM and AIT Alliance members can take advantage of discounts. 

To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the new AIT Alliance website or connect right here.

Healthcare Committee | AIM North America
Chair – Ardi Batmanghelidj, Innovatum

The AIM NA Healthcare Committee was featured in a general session for the 7th Annual UDI Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 24th – 25th.  Representatives from the AIM NA Healthcare Committee presented Auto ID Technologies & In-House Systems for UDI Compliance during the first day of the Conference.  The session showcased the automatic identification technology options which enable compliance with the UDI Regulation issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. It provided not only live demonstrations of the technologies at work, but discussed how to make the best choices which will most benefit a specific business.

In addition to the general session at the UDI Conference, AIM NA and its Healthcare Committee had a significant presence throughout the event. Exhibitors available to attendees during the conference showcased  their respective services and products, and AIM North America hosted the AIM Resource Station featuring industry information and demonstrations of a variety of automatic identification innovations and technologies.

Additionally, the Committee hosted a special event for representatives of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to highlight how technologies using unique device identification (UDI) are being used to meet recent U.S. compliance rules.
The intent was to offer the opportunity to experience firsthand how AIM NA member companies – and many other U.S. businesses – are using UDI innovation in a variety of ways to enhance business processes in healthcare, and ultimately, consumer safety. Representatives from the AIM NA Healthcare Committee provided demonstrations including the latest in direct part marketing (DPM), printing and scanning, verification and labeling, among other technologies.

To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the AIM NA Healthcare Committee website or connect right here.

Internet of Things (IoT)
Chair – Kevin Berisso, PhD, University of Memphis

The IoT Committee is approaching finalization of their Internet of Things Course Syllabus for use at the collegiate level.
In addition, they are currently working to complete enhancements to the Committee's web page on the recently updated AIM website.

In November, Chair Kevin Berisso will be a featured speaker at the 2015 Internet of Things West Conference
in Las Vegas.  AIM members are encouraged to attend and have access to significant registration discounts as a benefit of AIM membership.  Find the exclusive code in AIMemo or click here to request the code.

To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the IoT Committee website or connect right here.

RAIN RFID Alliance
President – Steve Halliday, High Tech Aid

Having celebrated its one year anniversary in April, the RAIN RFID Alliance continues to grow and establish a global presence.  Membership has reached 83 and RAIN has become an active participant and partner at RFID events throughout 2015.

To date, six work groups have been created, allowing RAIN members to help promote universal adoption of RAIN technology solutions.  The groups include:  Education, Marketing, Solutions, Technical Issues, Developers Forum and Small Packaging.

RAIN members recently gathered in Portland, Oregon June 24 - 25 and will meet again in Seoul, Korea on October 26 - 27.

To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the RAIN RFID Alliance website or connect right here.

RFID Experts Group (REG)
Chair – Louis Parks, SecureRF

In addition to the Healthcare Initiative Work Group's major publication featured earlier in this issue of AIMatters, the Material Handling Work Group is working to complete a White Paper Series,
on Best Practices; RFID, Lift Trucks, Warehousing & Distribution

Coming for the release of the much awaited document by the Data Content Work Group.

To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the RFID Experts Group on the AIM website or connect right here.

Technical Symbology Committee (TSC)
Chair – Jackson He, Zebra Technologies

The TSC is pleased to have updated and published the following two documents for AIM in 2015:

  • Information Technology - AIDC Techniques - Barcode Symbology Specification - DotCode

  • Barcode Symbology Specification Han Xin Code - International Symbology Standard
Access to download either document can be found in the AIM Marketplace or by going directly to the AIM Store.
Coming soon...TSC is also working out the final algorithms for Ultracode, so be sure to stay tuned for more details.
To learn more, share your ideas, or get involved, visit the Technical Symbology Committee on the AIM website or connect right here.

Items of interest & value for AIM Members
AIM Mourns Loss of RFID Pioneer & Mentor to Generations
The RFID industry and academia alike lost a great man in Marlin Mickle, PhD, on April 14th this year.  Marlin pioneered the application of radio frequency waves during his long career at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering.  His work and research, which includes 40 patents and more than 20 books, led to the development of a variety of wireless devices, including communication networks, battery chargers and RFID tags, along with the creation of numerous companies.

In recent years, Marlin was the Executive Director for the John A. Swanson Radio Frequency Identification Center for Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh.  He had a long history with AIM, both as an industry partner and member.

Marlin truly left an indelible impression on those he worked with.  His kindness, commitment and passion to our industry will be remembered by many for years to come.  AIM extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Nancy.

AIM Events

Whether it's time to register or just a save-the-date, be sure these upcoming AIM events are on your calendar.  Simply click to learn more!

AIM Webinar Series
Securing the Internet of Things -- Challenges & Opportunities
August 6th | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

AIM Summit 2016
May 2, 2016
Orlando, Florida | Rosen Centre Hotel

Industry Event Partnerships

AIM is pleased to partner with leading industry events in the coming months. Check out these options to connect and increase recognition for your organization!

Or, find a complete listing on the AIM Events Calendar here.

VARTECH - Cococay
September 14 - 18, 2015
Enchantment of the Seas

International RFID Congress

October 5 - 6, 2015
Marseille, France

Internet of Things West

November 5 - 6, 2015
Las Vegas, NV

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Even better – many of the items are FREE to AIM Members!! It’s a win-win! Visit AIM Marketplace today!!

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