AIM North America joined other organizations is celebrating World Standards Week in the US. The US Celebration focused on "Smart Health: Using Intelligent Systems to Improve the Quality & Delivery of Healthcare in a More Integrated, Focused Approach." To acknowledge the tremendous role standardization has had on global health, the 2017 US Celebration of Worlds Standards Day will take place on October 19.
AIM was been selected as the winner of the 2017 Award for Innovation by the Label Industry Global Awards for its Ultracode International Symbology Standard. Ultracode, released by AIM in 2016, is a process innovation that enables the automatic capture of data by any digital color camera or smartphone. The process utilizes the first international standard 2D color barcode (Ultracode) which is printable by any RGB or CMYK process color, inkjet or toner technology. The code, together with advanced data compaction schemes and URLs encodes data in less than half the area of a QR code using the same modular size.
AIM's Award for Innovation was presented earlier this week in Brussels during a special ceremony at the Gala dinner attended by more than 500 industry peers as part of this year's Labelexpo Europe. Accepting the award on behalf of AIM and its membership was member Dan Bartlett of Cognex Corporation.
The Ultracode International Symbology Standard and related documents are available to all interested parties on the AIM website.
This is your opportunity to recognize an outstanding industry individuals and/or organization for their support and dedication to the industry. All members, chapter members, non-members, and industry constituents may apply.
This is a “global” solicitation for nominations. Deadline for submission is November 10. For complete details, visit:
AIM North America Awards: https://aimglobal.site-ym.com/page/2018_AIMNA_Award
AIM announced the winners of its 2017 Case Study Competition. The Class of 2017 includes industry leaders Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems, SAIT s.r.l. and Videx. Matrix IT Medical Tracking Systems, won the AIDC category for their submission Direct-Part Marked Hospital-Sterilized Medical Implants with Tractus™, which evaluates the effectiveness of placing a high speed, high resolution camera into the sterile field of the operating room to scan & track small data matrix codes laser etched onto medical implants. Taking the top prize in the Internet of Things (IoT) category was SAIT s.r.l. for Alessandro Gherardi "Tailor-made" NFC, a project for internationally renowned fashion designer Alessandro Gherardi to create a way in which to electronically identify all personalized details of a single customized shirt. Videx, received honors in the RFID category for CyberBadge®, a shipment tracking process implemented by contractors with notable results. Independent dump truck drivers and their material loads were only being tracked and paid for using a paper system. For more information on the 2017 winners, visit AIM Case Study Competitions
AIM NA announced it has selected U.S. Representative Mike Turner (R-OH-10) as the recipient of the 2017 Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) in Government 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, part of the Public Policy 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.
Representative Turner, a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio, has been a member of Congress since 2002, representing Ohio's 10th Congressional District. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 2014. In 2015, Representative Turner was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee, making him one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the House Intelligence Committee and as a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee.
"Working with Representative Turner and his staff has been essential in helping to further the mission of the AIT Alliance," said Bob Fudge, Chairman of AIM NA's Public Policy Committee. "His support and commitment to helping us educate others on the benefits of automatic identification technologies positively impacts efficiency in many government agencies and has the potential to deliver direct results to U.S. taxpayers. That's a win-win. We are truly grateful for his efforts."
Both the AIM Webinar Series and AIM's Hear & Know Podcast Series offer members, as well as industry partners, FREE access to education and knowledge on hot topics along with insider perspectives from industry executives, not to mention the latest innovations and technologies in the automatic identification and data capture global marketplace.
AIM is looking to add additional educational content to its Webinar and Podcast series as the schedule is set for the remaining months in 2017 and in 2018. To assist in this effort, a call for presentations and/or ideas is being issued. Help us find industry executives (podcasts) and hot topics (webinars) to spotlight.
If you know an industry executive AIM should interview or have a project that involves cutting edge innovation or technology that needs to be shared, here's your chance! Submit your idea here...
These opportunities will offer a valuable benefit to the participants, providing both high level visibility and networking for you and your organization. Interested???
AIM needs a few good men and women to represent AIM as a featured speaker at a variety of upcoming events where AIM is collaborating with industry partners. Examples of events include APICS, IDTechEX IoT, NRF, APEX Expo, HIMSS, MODEX, PACK EXPO East and Food Safety Summit.
If you would like to be part of the the AIM Speakers Board, let us know! Complete a brief speaker profile form here...
If you were to look up the word “smart” in the dictionary you’d see definitions that included references to words like prompt in action, showing quick intelligence, shrewd, clever, impressively neat and sophisticated.
Clearly, the Smart Cities Council (SCC) understands these qualities and strives to embody each as they work globally to help create a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to make cities more livable, workable and sustainable – three core values that are at the heart of this organization comprised of top universities, laboratories and standards bodies.
The Council was founded in the United States and has developed global alliances in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and India where regional councils now exist. Each regional council works to adopt and adapt programs and services to resonate SCC's values by offering a combination of advocacy and action to help cities become smarter. In addition, SCC partners with a wide variety of smart technology providers, consultants, educational institutions and financial institutions to facilitate real change within cities.
Since its inception, SCC has continued to expand opportunities. In September 2016, the Challenge Grant Program, an initiative to find the most qualified cities in the US, was kicked off at the White House. More than 140 cities across the U.S. participated in the program, with five cities – Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia - receiving top honors. Each are receiving a Readiness Workshop with the objective to accelerate deployments of Smart City projects, encourage coordination between cross-functional teams and to build true action plans to move efforts forward. Through SCC resources, the goal is to make the winning cities’ efforts more of a reality and increase confidence in city planning.
In October, SCC will be hosting Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. This year’s event will feature tracks that include Infrastructure Innovation and City Showcase, offering presentations and panels that provide real world applications of technologies and the benefits they provide to cities when implemented. A special focus will include the critical role that the Internet of Things (IoT) plays in smart city development. Smart Cities Week will also see the launch of the 2017/2018 Challenge Grants. In 2017, the Challenge will include many more improvements around the qualification of city data, improved assessment and roadmaps for cities and a more targeted approach to address city problems with in-kind contributions.
AIM members learn more about the Smart City industry and the challenges faced by cities and solution providers. The effort to create a successful and sustainable global network of smart cities will undoubtedly rely not only on organizations like the Smart Cities Council, but the innovators in automatic identification and data capture whose technologies will be in the forefront of smart city development. Together, we have the ability to transform lives and our world for a better future. Now that’s a smart move!
RAIN, the UHF RFID Alliance which is part of AIM, held its ninth face-to-face meeting a few weeks ago in Seattle, Washington, USA. The meeting was hosted by Amazon and Impinj with extra sponsorship from Aware Innovations, Logopak, NXP, SML, and Zebra. Over 260 people from all over the world attended this RAIN Alliance 3-day meeting.
Three fun filled days included many presentations about RAIN technology being used in a variety of markets, with a focus on healthcare during the final day (open to non-members). As well as the meetings, the attendees had the chance to participate in a "Fun Run" around Green Lake that raised $650 for the World Heart Federation in memory of Ken Traub, and the chance to dine at the world-famous Seattle Space Needle (hosted by Impinj). After a great dinner, we had the chance to visit the top of the Needle and look out on the surrounding area. Fantastic views.
Presentations from the event are now available to interested individuals on the RAIN website read more here...
RAIN's next event is 24-26 October 2017 in Shenzhen, China, hosted by Invengo. Details for this event are being released as finalized on the website, with registration opening shortly.
2018 events are also being discussed with the following provisional details: March 2018, USA (probably California), late June 2018, Europe (Germany or Austria), November 2018, Asia (possibly Bangkok).
If you are involved in passive UHF RFID, you should join the more than 150 companies that are already members of the RAIN Alliance. Contact RAIN President Steve Halliday or visit the RAIN website.
AIM Europe President Frithjof Walk recently represented the RFID stakeholder community at a European Commission (EC) sponsored workshop on the efficient use of RF Spectrum in the 870-876 MHz and 915-921 MHz frequency ranges.
The meeting was Chaired by Andreas Geiss, DG Connect, European Commission, and supported by Dr. Ruediger Martin, Radio Spectrum Support of DG Connect. The EC is gathering background in preparation for meetings of its radio spectrum committee.
The RFID stakeholder community contributors included AIM, RAIN - the AIM UHF RFID Alliance, GS1, and the Centre National de Référence RFID (French Center National RFID / CNRFID). The RFID community was also strongly supported by many end users and other stakeholders.
Presentations on RFID use cases calling for an establishment of the 915-921 MHz range for RFID in Europe, to achieve global harmonization, were made by Hervé d'Halluin of Decathlon, Joachim Wilkens of C&A, and Malte Schmidt of Volkswagen. In the audience, other AIM and RAIN members from Bosch, Siemens, and Ericsson added their voices as well as other stakeholders including Airbus.
Also participating in the workshop were stakeholders from the railway and IoT communities. For more information, contact AIM by email or phone (+1.724.742.4470)