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)
Earlier this week, the US Energy and Commerce Committee hosted two Congressional Hearings on IoT opportunities, challenges, and cybersecurity. In addition, an IoT Showcase was available to visitors to learn about the latest IoT innovations in healthcare, utilities, and retail.
The subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Protection hosted a hearing titled, “Disrupter Series: Update on IoT Opportunities and Challenges.” The hearing highlighted the benefits of IoT and the hindrances to growing the marketplace. The recording and prepared statements from this hearing can be found here.
A second hearing hosted by the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology discussed “Promoting Security in Wireless Technology”. This meeting went into how mobile connectivity is necessary for people and businesses, and ways to protect these communities from the recent rise in cybercrime. The recording and prepared statements from this hearing can be found here.
Both hearings provided testimonies by expert witnesses along with a Q&A session lead by members of the Energy and Commerce Congressional leadership. There was consensus that potential solutions to these issues may include business and government collaboration, development of standards, consumer education, and overcoming the shortage of a trained workforce.
The AIM North America Public Policy Committee strives to be at the forefront of opportunities like these to create new partnerships and work items to enhance our industry. To learn more and take part in committee activities contact Mary Lou Bosco.
Each year, the AIM North America Awards honor individuals as well as organizations that not only promote the industry, but demonstrate significant contributions to enhanced and new technologies in automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).
This year, Zebra Technologies was honored as the 2017 AIM North America Business of the Year. This award is presented to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the AIDC industry.
Zebra, a global leader in providing solutions and services that give enterprises real-time visibility into their operations, has provided more than 45 years of technology expertise, leadership and innovation to global enterprises. Today, 95% of Fortune 500 companies across the manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and logistics and retail industries are implementing Zebra solutions.
Accepting the award on Zebra's behalf was Bob Sanders, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Data Capture Solutions at Zebra Technologies.
Joel Kahn, North America / Latin America Channel Business Development Manager for the Data Capture Business Unit at Zebra Technologies was named the 2017 AIM North America Professional of the Year.
Established in 2007, the AIM North America Professional of the Year is presented annually to an individual in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions to the development of the AIDC industry through their work as a contributor, collaborator, or mentor.
Mr. Kahn, who regularly states he has the best job at Zebra being in a position to help customers on a daily basis, has more than 40 years of industry experience. In his current role, he is responsible for supporting distributors throughout North and Latin America.
AIM announced Tesco as the recipient of the 2017 Percival Award during a special ceremony that concluded a short time ago in Phoenix Arizona. The ceremony was part of the annual AIM Partnership Breakfast held during RFD Journal LIVE!
The Percival Award, co-sponsored by AIM and SCAN – The Data Capture Report, honors outstanding contributions in the user community. It was established in 1982 to honor Don Percival, an early founder and pioneer in scanning. The award is presented each year to an individual or organization from the user community recognizing outstanding contributions to the application of automatic identification and data capture technologies.
Tesco is one of the world’s largest retailers. Established in 1919, the UK-based business was built around a mission to be the champion for customers, and today’s team of more than 480,000 Tesco employees worldwide strives to serve shoppers a little better every day. Tesco has deployed RFID in hundreds of stores for accurate inventory management of the Tesco F&F fashion brand — one of the largest and most thorough retail RFID deployments in the world.
Accepting the award on behalf of Tesco was Chris Heys, who is currently leading the Tesco team in the implementation of their new inventory management solution.
Earlier this year, AIM Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Bosco spoke to all of the award winners, "The AIM Awards Class of 2017 represents amazing talent, diversity and commitment to our industry...how much AIM has evolved and the vast opportunities that are ahead of us as AIM continues to expand around the globe."
Bob Fudge, Vice President for Public Sector Business at Evanhoe & Associates, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, has been chosen as the inaugural Chair of AIM NA's new Public Policy Committee. Launched in February of this year, the Public Policy Committee was established to better support the interests of an expanding stakeholder and end user group looking to promote the effective use of automatic identification technologies within the U.S. Government.
Leading the AIT Alliance will be Gary Moe, President of ID Integration, Inc. headquartered in Mukilteo, Washington. The Alliance consists of automatic identification technology (AIT) providers dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging the adoption of AIT policies within U.S. government agencies and its contractor community. The Alliance has been an active participant at both the federal and state levels over the years and responsible for inclusions in significant legislative bills.
In addition to the elections of Mr. Fudge and Mr. Moe, the AIM NA Board of Directors re-appointed Ardi Batmanghelidj, President & CEO of Innovatum, Inc. in Sugar Hill, Georgia as the Chair of AIM NA's Healthcare Committee. In this role, he will continue to lead efforts for advocacy and to assist with the implementation and compliance of automatic identification technologies in the highly regulated life sciences and healthcare industry in the U.S.
"We anticipate that 2017 will provide new opportunities for the AIM North America members who regularly work with the U.S. government and its agencies," said AIM NA Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Bosco. "I cannot think of three individuals who are better suited to lead those efforts than Bob, Gary and Ardi. Their wealth of knowledge, experience and dedication will undoubtedly benefit AIM North America members and U.S. tax paying citizens alike."
Awards Ceremony Takes Place During AIM Summit 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany
The 2017 AIM Awards during a special ceremony that concluded a short time ago in Stuttgart, Germany. The ceremony was part of AIM Summit 2017, the association's premier event which annually brings together executives and leaders in the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry from around the world.
Glenn Spitz, Director of Engineering ID Products at Cognex Corporation was selected as recipient of the 2017 Dilling Award. Named for industry pioneer Richard Dilling, this award is considered to be the highest honor given in the AIDC industry and recognizes lifetime achievements that have furthered industry growth through significant applications and new technological developments. Mr. Spitz was the Founder & President of Webscan, Inc. until it became a part of Cognex in December 2016.
Shi Yu, CEO of Beijing REN JU ZHI HUI Technology Co. Ltd., located in Beijing City, Peoples Republic of China, received the 2017 Williams Award, given in recognition of his effort to further the growth of the AIDC industry in academia through work as a teacher, researcher or entrepreneur. He is a leading researcher and expert in the Han Xin Code, for which he has received international accolades.
AIM's 2017 Moore Award was presented to Thorsten Aha, Chief Editor of the German-based magazine ident, recognized in Europe as the leading magazine for users of automatic identification and data collection. The Moore Award recognizes a member of the media whose work exemplifies the qualities of honest, educational and unbiased reporting in the AIDC industry.
In addition to the 2017 AIM Award winners, today's ceremony also paid tribute to winners from the 2016 AIM Case Study Competition. Accepting the award in the AIDC category was NOVEXX Solutions as well as Omni-ID, winner in the Internet of Things category. Both companies were on hand to accept their awards and will be presenting the winning case studies during the afternoon session today at AIM Summit 2017. Interested parties may view details on each winning case study online in the AIM Case Study Competition section of AIM's website.
"The AIM Awards Class of 2017 represents amazing talent, diversity and commitment to our industry,” said AIM Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Bosco. "To have the ability to recognize them, along with two of our Case Study Competition winners, at the first AIM Summit to be convened in Europe in many years is truly exciting. It reinforces how much AIM has evolved and the vast opportunities that are ahead of us as AIM continues to expand around the globe."
"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.