The AIM NA Work Groups met on April 21. The Food Supply Chain WG continues with their webinar series and will respond the FDA’s latest request for comments. The Cannabis WG, the newest of the work groups, was introduced and a state of the industry was presented. The group will meet with the GS1 US Cannabis team to identify ways to collaborate. UDI for Medical Devices WG will launch a webinar series and distribute a press release message that AIM NA is a resource for inventory tracking and supply chain management during this unprecedented time. The Pharma WG will develop an educational program and submit a response to the latest FDA request for comments.
Debangana “Debs” Mukherjee today assumed the role of chairperson of AIM North America. She succeeds Dan Kimball, who has retired after serving as chair since 2019 and will remain on the board as an emeritus member.
Mukherjee will further advance the association’s strategic, member-driven roadmap and provide oversight to AIM NA on business policy. Prior to stepping into her role as chair, Mukherjee served as vice chair helping execute member engagement and marketing initiatives. She also leads the Aviation group in the RAIN RFID Alliance. For the last seven years, Mukherjee has been employed as the Business Development Director at CISC Semicondutor where her work focuses on the development RAIN technology with special focus on testing and verification of RAIN hardware and application set-up.
“Thank you and my sincerest thanks and appreciation to my fellow members of the Board. I'm humbled and honored you have entrusted me with this responsibility. Taking the reins at this time is made easier by the groundwork laid by Dan over the last few years”, says Debs. “I look forward to continuing work on AIM NA mission to support the development and adoption of automated data capture technologies In North America in the upcoming years.”
Mary Lou Bosco, COO, AIM NA added, “We look forward to working with Debs in this new role. Her extensive industry and business development experience make her the ideal candidate to lead our association into the future. Debs has already been an integral part of our strategic planning team and is poised to bring new ideas forward to address the important issues of our industry.”
Mukherjee officially assumed their positions for AIM North America on February 1, 2020.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing a public meeting focused on possible Agency level approaches to data quality, data stewardship, data exchange, and data analytics. The meeting will take place on March 27 in Silver Spring, MD. For complete details including how to submit comments and registration (in person and virtually), visit: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-meetings-conferences-and-workshops/modernizing-fdas-data-strategy-03272020-03272020#event-information
AIM - AIM NA and GS1 Host Committee Summit - April 21 - 23 in Arlington, VA
Open to members and non-members
Participating on a committee gives you an insider's perspective and access to information, resources, standards and key players within today's AIDC industry. Each committee is poised to enhance the advancement and adoption of our technologies on a global basis.
To learn more and to register, visit here.
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."
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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.