In response to Frank Yiannas, FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy, announcement regarding a new FDA approach to food safety, the AIM North America Food Policy WG launched a webinar series to engage and insight discussion around a smarter food supply chain. Each webinar will feature a conversation with an AIM NA food safety professional sharing their experiences of the important job of safeguarding the worlds food supply chain.
FDA Smarter Food Safety Initiative - What is it and What Does It Mean? Register Now
Wednesday, January 29 | Noon ET
During next week's webinar, Jeanne Duckett, Chair, AIM NA Food Policy Committee, explains the FDA’s Strategic Blueprint, currently under development that will outline how FDA plans to leverage technology, and other tools, to create a more digital, traceable and safer food system. This plan includes the use of technologies that are currently used in society and business sectors all around us, such as blockchain, sensor technology, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Register today!
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania |January 22, 2020 |AIM, the leading industry association and global authority for innovation, standards, and solutions in barcode, biometrics, IoT, NFC, RFID, RTLS, and RAIN, for nearly 50 years, has named its 2020 industry group chairs. To become an active industry group member, sign-up here. These industry groups will be meeting April 21 - 23 in Arlington, VA. To attend, register here
Scott Austin, Senior Executive VP at Everledger, has been selected to lead the Internet of Things Industry Group (IoT). The committee, which helps to direct and influence one of the fastest growing areas of innovation in the AIDC industry, provides a forum to better understand and help shape IoT and blockchain technologies that will bring better efficiency using automatic identification and mobility technology solutions.
Jeanne Duckett, Manager, Technology Development at Avery Dennison RBIS, will chair the Track & Trace Industry Group (T&T). The committee was created to develop, educate, promote and aid in the adoption of automatic identification strategies designed to support compliance of global regulations related to product traceability.
Jerry Peyton, President and CEO of the Vista IT Systems will assume the Chair position for AIM’s RFID Experts Group (REG). The committee is responsible for addressing global standards and issues associated with radio frequency identification (RFID). The REG is currently comprised of more than 40 organizations from the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Ray Vaughan, Manager, Solutions Engineering at OMRON Microscan will lead the Technical Symbology Committee (TSC), which is comprised of AIM members who are the world’s leading experts on Symbology design. The committee actively works with companies around the world to ensure global technical specifications are available to the market.
"AIM is about supporting standards, community, advocacy, and knowledge. The 2020 leadership reflects deep expertise and a strong commitment to support the goals across all industry groups,” said Mary Lou Bosco, AIM Chief Operating Officer. "This team is passionate about and dedicated to the growth and interoperability of all AIDC technologies. We look forward to a productive year and continued success with our strategic plan and initiatives."
For more information, biographies, or photos, contact AIM’s headquarters by email or call +1.724.742.4470.
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AIM's Technical Symbology Committee (TSC) recently released an update to the AIM Data Carrier / Symbology Identifiers Specification. The Symbology Identifier concept provides a standardized way for a device receiving data from a reader to differentiate between the data carriers. This AIM document is a maintence document to ISO/IEC 15424 - Information Technology - Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques - Data Carier Identifiers.
The US FDA is soliciting comments on its approach to "A New Era of Smarter Food Safety" [Docket No. FDA-2019-N-4187]. ). One of the key issues is how best to implement automatic identification technologies for the identification and tracking of food products in the supply chain. AIM NA's Food Safety Committee chair, Jeanne Duckett, submitted AIM North America's comments drafted by members.
The deadline to submit comments is TODAY - Thursday, December 5. Members are encouraged to utilize the AIM NA comments as a template for their own organization's submission. To review AIM NA's comments, download here.
To submit your own comments on the FDA docket, visit here.
The IEEE Council on RFID is pleased to announce that they will once again be running our Educational Mega-Challenge as a part of the 14th Annual International Conference on RFID. This year’s topic, It’s RAINing IoT, will concentrate on the integration of RAIN (UHF) RFID into an Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Undergraduate and graduate student teams are invited to submit solutions that use IoT to address technical, social, or economic problems or issues. The projects must have RAIN RFID as a component of the solution, but the RAIN RFID component does not have to be the centerpiece. Proposals can be a part of ongoing research, a completely new concept or a variant of another proposal or solution.
AIM has announced the creation of a new chapter in Japan to meet the needs of its growing international membership.
AIM Japan will offer opportunities to individuals and organizations affiliated with automatic identification and data capture technologies and innovation throughout Japan. Masaki EHARA will serve as Chairman of the AIM Japan Board of Directors. Nobuko UEDA has been named General Secretary and Kensuke TANAKA will be Chief Operating Officer.
“We are honored to have this opportunity to join with the leading experts in automatic identification throughout Japan and welcome all of the chapter’s members,” said Mary Lou Bosco, AIM’s Chief Operating Officer. “The addition of AIM Japan to the AIM community is a key step to connecting industry leaders in the Asia Pacific region with our extensive network already serving as advocates promoting AIDC technologies and innovation around the globe.”
Part of AIM Japan’s initial focus will be education and training, cooperating with universities and research/test centers in Asia Pacific.
AIM North America Selected to Provide Comments at FDA’s “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” Public Meeting
AIM North America board member Jeanne Duckett and senior staff members Mary Lou Bosco and Mike Allen, traveled to Washington DC on Monday October 21 to provide comments at the FDA Public Meeting “New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” This event kicked off an initiative that focuses on food traceability, digital technology, and evolving business models that will foster a culture of food safety. Download the association's comments here.
According to Deputy FDA Commissioner for Food Policy & Response Frank Yiannas, “Smarter food safety isn’t just a slogan or a tagline. It’s much more than that. Instead, it’s a new approach to food safety, a new mindset, one that recognizes and builds on the progress made in the past but incorporates the use of new technologies that are being used in society and business sectors all around us, such as blockchain, sensor technology, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence.”
“AIM North America was honored to have the opportunity to share our knowledge of how AIDC technology is a proven, reliable and cost-effective component in food supply chain transparency and visibility,” stated Mary Lou Bosco, COO, AIM North America.
AIM members Avery Dennison, FoodLogiQ, and GS1 US were also selected to provide comments.
The deadline to provide public comments ends November 20, 2019. Complete details on the FDA Request for Comments period on a New Era of Smarter Food Safety can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2019-N-4187-0001.
AIM announced it has been designated as the International Registration Authority (RA) for the ISO/IEC 15961 Standard, Information Technology -- Data protocol for radio frequency identification (RFID) for item management by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Manufacturers of RFID equipment (interrogators, RFID tags, etc.) and the users of RFID technology require a standard-based data protocol for RFID for item management. ISO/IEC 15961 (along with ISO/ IEC 15962) specify this data protocol, which is independent of any of the air interface standards defined in ISO/IEC 18000.
As such, the data protocol is a consistent component in the RFID system that may independently evolve to include additional air interface protocols. As the Registration Authority for ISO/IEC 15961, AIM will be responsible for maintaining the Data Construct Register, overseeing the procedures and applications to request a new Data Construct and allocating Application Family Identifiers (AFI) related to ISO/IEC 15961.
"The ISO/IEC 15961 standard is extremely important in the use of RFID -- especially RAIN RFID -- to help ensure the uniqueness in the identification of items. As we continue to extend the Internet of Things with more 'things' being identified, the possibility of duplication of numbers becomes an increasing issue. This standard provides a mechanism to prevent this," said Mary Lou Bosco, AIM's Chief Operating Officer. "As the industry association that represents automatic identification and data capture technologies and innovation, AIM is the ideal home for the registration authority."
Those interested in learning more, can access detailed information about Registration Authority ISO/IEC 15961 on the AIM website or contact AIM Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (+1.724.742.4470).
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | September 24, 2019 | AIM North America (AIM NA), as the trusted industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards, announced it has named NATO Allied Command Transformation as the recipient of the 2019 Organization of the Year Award.
Established in 2013, this award is presented to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the industry.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) founded an Asset Tracking Working Group (ASTWG) to standardize the use of automatic identification and data capture techniques across the Alliance to track the movement of critical material and equipment. This effort has been chaired and lead by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) located in Norfolk, Virginia.
The task had its challenges as no nation wanted to establish 27 separate and distinct communications channels all with different protocols. Under ACT guidance and leadership, the ASTWG was able to establish a communications hub at the NATO Supply and Procurement Agency in Luxembourg supporting a single protocol and communication channel. This hub is now capable of receiving and routing both barcode and RFID tracking reads. These efforts are a unique achievement in that it required all of the NATO nations to agree to handle the cargo of other nations and reporting their movement.
AIM North America announced the selection of NATO Allied Command Transformation last week during meetings in Europe. The award was presented by Chuck Evanhoe, AIM NA board member. and CEO of Aware Innovations, Inc., an AIM North America member.
For more information, contact AIM North America Headquarters by email or phone (724.742.4473).