"The genesis of the Public Policy Committee came in large part due to the realization that the work being done by AIM North America's AIT Alliance was transcending technology," said Don Ertel, Chairman of AIM North America. "Since its inception, the AIT Alliance has been a champion for businesses that regularly interact with government agencies to advance the understanding and use of automatic identification technologies, enabling better data security in the government that ultimately saves taxpayer dollars. With a wider scope, the Public Policy Committee will be poised to foster and facilitate the integration of data collection technologies used by government agencies and end users alike as we see the expansion in areas such as the Internet of Things."
The Public Policy Committee will continue to work with contacts previously established at both the federal and state levels, including the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Congressional IoT Caucus, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. Due to these efforts, several recent legislative bills contain inclusions introduced and promoted by AIM North America members.
"In today's modern digital age we are driven not only by how to efficiently collect and secure data, but also how to best use that data," added Chuck Evanhoe, Chairman of AIM, Inc. and a Public Policy Committee member. "With a emphasis on education and outreach within government circles, we have the potential to positively impact the value of automatic identification technologies for many years to come."
Individuals and organizations interested in joining the efforts of the AIM NA Public Policy Committee are invited to participate in the Committee's next virtual meeting, scheduled for Friday, February 24th. For more information or to register, contact Mary Lou Bosco at AIM by email or call AIM Headquarters at +1.724.742.4473.
Each year, AIM North America honors individuals and organizations that not only promote the automatic identification and data capture industry, but demonstrate significant contributions to enhanced and new technologies in business and the government sector.
Nominations for the AIM NA 2017 Awards are being sought to recognize outstanding achievement in three specific categories; Professional of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Automatic Identification Technology. Open to both AIM NA members and non-members alike, the 2017 recipients, chosen by AIM NA's Board of Directors, will be honored at a special presentation during May 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The deadline for 2017 award nominations is February 24, 2017. Only online submissions are accepted and online nomination forms can be accessed Submit you nomination today!
All awards will be presented during a special ceremony set to take place at the Partnership Breakfast, held during May 2017 at RFID Journal LIVE! in Phoenix, Arizona.
AIM North America, the trusted industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards to providers and users of these technologies for nearly twenty years, announced the launch of a new brand identity for the association and its affiliates around the world.
AIM NA's new brand features a logo comprised of bold new colors meant to highlight the diversity of the technologies and organizations that AIM represents globally. The brand identity was created with the input of automatic identification and data capture executives from both U.S. and international markets who spent more than a year involved in a strategic initiative to foster new opportunities as well as enhance recognition, adoption and implementation of innovation within the industry.
In addition to a new logo, AIM NA will introduce a new tagline -- Advancing Identification Matters -- as part of the launch.
"AIM NA is indebted to both the leaders who make up the Board and the talented individuals who dedicated many hours of their time to achieve this outcome," said AIM NA Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Bosco. "We are all excited to launch this new branding effort, especially because it symbolizes the importance of our industry focus and connects every member within the AIM NA community."
The AIM North America (NA) board has approved a Public Policy Initiative. The initiative will be directed by a newly formed Public Policy Committee. This committee will lead and coordinate the association’s efforts on Capitol Hill related to fostering the adoption and implementation automatic identification and data capture technologies.
AIM NA has already been active in this area for nearly 10 years. The AIT Alliance and Healthcare Committee have built strong agency, departmental and congressional alliances. These efforts are not going away. They will simply fall under the Public Policy Committee to ensure one consistent voice is heard on the Hill.
Finally, to help guide the association, AIM NA has contracted Stan Skocki, CEO, The Capitol Initiatives Group. Stan has been instrumental in the success of the AIT Alliance for the past 7 years.
As an AIM NA member, there is NO FEE associated with participating on the committee. The committee will primarily focus on the following areas:
Pittsburgh, Pa. – July 6, 2016 – AIM and the AIT Alliance, a committee directed by AIM North America (NA), are leading an IoT Caucus panel discussion on the Internet of Things: Bolstering U.S. Competitiveness and National Security on July 8 in Washington, DC. The event will feature business and industry leaders. They will discuss IoT competitiveness, provide interesting international updates, and give an overview of global standards and their potential impact on U.S. industries.
This forum is supported by Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-1) and Darrell Issa (CA-49), co-chairs of the recently created Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things.
The event will be led by Chuck Evanhoe, Chairman, AIM, Inc. and include real-world case studies provided by Zebra Technologies, ID Integration, and Evanhoe & Associates. Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Government officials, and industry leaders will be in attendance.
WHAT: Internet of Things Panel Discussion
WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2016 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm ET
WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room: 2226, Washington, DC
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Robert Rische (Rep. Issa) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh, PA — July 5, 2016 – AIM North America (AIM NA), the industry association and authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS, the Internet of Things, NFC, and mobile computing, announced that it has named US Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA-2) the recipient of the 2016 Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Award.
The AIT Award, created in 2013, is presented annually to an individual, committee, group, or organization from the government sector that has championed the successful use of automatic identification technology within local, state, or national government. It is sponsored by the AIT Alliance, a committee of AIM North America dedicated to raising awareness about AIT and encouraging the adoption of AIT policies within U.S. government agencies and the U.S. government contractor community.
In selecting Representative Larsen for this year’s honor, the AIT Alliance cited his significant commitment to promoting the use of automatic identification technologies in the Department of Defense (DoD).
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Larsen supported H.R.4909, FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that would direct the Defense Contract Management Agency to adopt implement, and verify item-unique identification (IUID) standards across the DoD and the defense industrial base. The bill also directs other DoD agencies to brief Congress on their efforts to fully implement the IUID policy. Additionally, Representative Larsen’s office has been instrumental in coordinating high-level Congressional briefings with the House Armed Services Committee officials on AIT compliance.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Providing our armed forces with the technology to make data-driven decisions about their equipment allows service members to maximize their resources while making the most of taxpayer dollars, and I appreciate the Association’s support of these efforts.”
“The AIT Alliance is thankful for the bipartisan support this legislation received from members of the House Armed Services Committee, and to Representative Larsen for leading the way,” said Mary Lou Bosco, Chief Operating Officer of AIM NA. “We applaud his consistent support of the role automatic identification technologies can play in the government and are pleased to recognize his efforts.”
Representative Larsen is serving his eighth term in the US House of Representatives. Larsen is a leader on transportation and aviation, trade, and U.S.-China relations. He is the ranking member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation, serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and is founder of several Caucus Leadership efforts, including the U.S.-China Working Group and the Congressional Arctic Working Group. He is a strong advocate for pro-growth policies that support innovation, job creation, and a strong economic foundation.
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Pittsburgh, PA — May 16, 2016. The House Armed Services Committee passed H.R.4909, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes extensive language on the Department of Defense’s item-unique identification (IUID) policy. Acknowledging the vital importance of the IUID policy to defense logistics, the bipartisan language would limit funding for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) until the DCMA Director provides a briefing on the agency’s plan to foster the adoption, implementation, and verification of the policy.
The DOD’s item unique identification (IUID) policy was first formulated in 2003 to enable the Department to track its assets through the use of automatic identification technology (barcodes, 2D data matrices, RFID chips, and so forth). The policy requires contracts to have language providing for the marking of new and legacy items that met certain criteria. In September 2015, the Office of the Secretary of Defense revised the IUID policy, assigning specific responsibilities to DCMA for the implementation of the policy, as well as to the military services and other entities within the DOD.
“Private industry has long since learned the immense benefits to be gained from effective deployment and use of IUID and other automatic identification technologies,” said Bob Fudge, Chairperson of the AIT Alliance. “At the AIT Alliance, we’re excited to hear that the House Armed Services Committee is taking this major step towards leveraging IUID to enhance asset tracking, in-transit visibility, and inventory management in the DOD, which will help the warfighter and save the Pentagon—and the taxpayer—tens of billions of dollars.”
The FY 2017 NDAA also includes report language directing the Secretary of Defense to present a briefing to the House Committee on Armed Services on efforts of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; the Defense Logistics Agency; the Deputy Chief Management Officer and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; and the Secretaries of the military departments to facilitate the implementation of the IUID policy in their organizational jurisdictions.
The AIT Alliance is a not-for-profit trade association of automatic identification technology (AIT) suppliers and manufacturers dedicated to raising awareness about AIT and encouraging the adoption of AIT policies—such as the IUID policy—within the Department of Defense, the U.S. government agencies, and the U.S. government contractor community. For several years, the Alliance has worked closely with Congress and the Department of Defense to improve asset tracking and in-transit visibility capabilities through IUID, AIT, and automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) processes. The Alliance has spearheaded advocacy for IUID provisions in several past NDAAs and hosted events to raise awareness about the use of IUID, AIT, and AIDC in the DOD. To learn more about the AIT Alliance, visit our website, http://aitalliance.org/.
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