Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 14, 2018 | AIM, the trusted worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards for nearly half a century, announced it is honoring industry pioneer Clive P. Hohberger, PhD with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Hohberger has been a significant force in the development of automatic identification and data capture technology, particularly barcode and radio frequency identification (RFID), as a developer, collaborator, author and executive. His career spans nearly five decades representing organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Blood Center of Wisconsin, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Zebra Technologies, where he held senior executive positions in Corporate Development, Marketing and Technology Development. In 2009, he founded Clive Hohberger LLC and today serves as a consultant and Board Member to a number of global organizations.
A past Chairman of the AIM, Inc. Board of Directors, Dr. Hohberger remains one of AIM's most active members, serving with several industry groups and workgroups as well as an Emeritus member of the AIM Board.
In 2016, one of Dr. Hohberger's major contributions, the Ultracode International Symbology Standard, was released by AIM. Ultracode 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. It was honored with a 2017 Award for Innovationby the Label Industry Global Awards.
In August 2018, the AIM Board announced the creation of the Clive Hohberger Technology Award as part of AIM's annual industry award program. Named to honor Dr. Hohberger's contributions, it will recognize scientists, engineers, software developers or systems integrators for outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the industry through important applications and new technological developments. The first award recipient will be named in 2019.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this special recognition," said Dave Coons, Vice President of Software & Advanced Solutions for Zebra Technologies Corporation and fellow AIM Board member. "Clive truly built a lasting legacy within our industry and at Zebra, where his contributions continue to amplify our value proposition to customers every day. His selfless dedication to the advancement of standards and science within the AIDC industry have enabled enterprises to improve efficiency, reduce waste and save lives."