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RFID News Roundup  "Lockheed Martin Chooses RFID Revolution's RFID Essentials E-learning to Boost Productivity from RFID"

By Beth Bacheldor

Apr. 25, 2013--RFID Revolution, a provider of RFID education and consulting services, has announced that Lockheed Martin is now utilizing its RFID Essentials interactive Web-based course to educate Lockheed's employees regarding the fundamentals of radio frequency identification. Lockheed Martin has been using RFID for several years for a variety of applications, including the tracking of components for the timely repair of customer equipment, as well as the authentication of parts and subassemblies within its supply chain (see Lockheed Martin Uses RFID to Help Track Stealth Fighter). RFID Revolution's RFID Essentials, the company explains, is an interactive RFID e-learning tool designed to help professionals understand the technology, how to apply it and how to measure the return on investment. Users learn to identify . . . .

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"Education is first step to mainstreaming RFID at Lockheed Martin"  

By John R. Johnson

Apr. 25, 2013--Lockheed Martin, a pioneer in the RFID market, is preparing to mainstream the use of RFID technology throughout the company. The giant defense contractor, which has used RFID in its supply chain and manufacturing operations since at least 2005, has committed to educate hundreds of employees through an online training program offered by RFID Revolution.

Lockheed Martin utilizes RFID for a number of tasks, including ensuring the authenticity of parts and subassemblies in its supply chain, tracking components for timely repair of customer equipment, and increasing the accuracy and safety of its missile defense systems.

"By improving visibility of objects and reducing human error through automation, RFID . . . "

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"RFID and Global Warming"   The same technology used to increase operational efficiencies can also save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By Leslie Downey

Mar. 19, 2012—A growing number of people now recognize radio frequency identification's potential to help industry and commerce increase profitability by enabling operational efficiencies. Less commonly understood is that the technology can make a significant contribution to environmental sustainability. RFID Journal's Green Award, a new category added last year to the annual RFID Journal Awards competition, provides companies with an opportunity to demonstrate this in 2012 and beyond. Radio frequency identification can play a meaningful role in slowing global warming, . . . .

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"A Good RFID Education Can Boost Adoption and Payback"

By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

Dec. 27, 2010 - There is a growing consensus that radio frequency identification will one day have a dramatic impact on global industry and commerce.  In fact, the technology is already beginning to have an impact—reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions by driving operational efficiencies—for those organizations adopting it. Overall adoption, however, is occurring slowly. At RFID Revolution, we are convinced that one of the main reasons for this slow growth is the generally low level of RFID knowledge among end-user organizations, and even among many solution providers. . . . .

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"Viva Revolution!"

Aug. 12, 2010 - Yesterday we sat down with Leslie Downey, founder of Silver Spring-based RFID Revolution, a five-year-old company that created a Web-based training course on RFID technology (how to apply it and where to find the ROI).  "RFID Essentials" helps project teams and other stakeholders develop consensus around RFID projects and think more creatively . . . .

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"The RFID Knowledge Vacuum"

By Reik Read, Editor, RFID Monthly

Feb. 16, 2010 - One of the key factors that appears to be limiting RFID progress is the weak level of knowledge about the technology, or its potential for creating value-added applications. In our view, the majority of corporate personnel have a high degree of ignorance of RFID, . . . .

Click here to download article, courtesy of R.W. Baird & Company.

"Plan an RFID System with People in Mind"

By John Edwards

February 8, 2010-"People" is a word often missing from RFID project plans. When it comes to designing a system, in fact, the focus is almost always on technologies, processes and costs, rather than on the human beings who will operate and work alongside that system. And if people are taken into account, it's usually in terms of operational or management tasks, not on how individuals will react or adapt to the new environment. . . . .

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"Motorola, Impinj, AIM Global, and Others [RFID Revolution] Look into 2009 " 
By Laurie Sullivan

December 22, 2008-A recession won't necessarily slow spending in 2009 for projects supported by automatic identification technologies.

While CIOs and directors often think about tightening purse strings in tough economic times, analysts and industry insiders suggest those saddled with cost cutting to keep supply chain and manufacturing processes lean could move more dollars toward bar codes, radio frequency identification, and near field communication projects. . . . .

Download article, courtesy of RFID World Online, including Leslie Downey's 2009 prediction.

Better Process Podcast

RFID Industry Report by Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution  -  August 31, 2008

With show host Ken Rayment, Downey discussed:

  •  Some of the ways manufacturing companies were implementing the technology and the resulting operational efficiencies and environmental benefits
  •  Challenges to RFID industry growth
  •  What RFID Revolution is offering to meet the widespread need for RFID knowledge
Click here to listen or download this podcast.

"Which Way Would YOU Rather Learn?"  A new kind of RFID training provides working knowledge in hours. 
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

June, 2008-RFID has the potential to bring dramatic new efficiencies in manufacturing, commerce, healthcare, and other areas. But growth of the industry has been impeded by lack of familiarity with the technology, according to RFID industry analyst R.W. Baird and Company. More widespread knowledge would accelerate adoption, but how can it be delivered? 

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"Educational Tool Helps Users and Resellers Understand RFID" 
By Rick Morgan, Editor

May 23, 2008-Over the years, there’s one thing the entire industry has always agreed on…we need to educate VARs, integrators, and users about our technologies. We recently had a chance to test drive an interactive, online, educational offering that we believe is one of the finest courses we’ve seen to date. Created by RFID Revolution and a team of industry gurus, RFID Essentials uses a combination of voice and animation to explain RFID and its technical abilities, present theoretical problems, and help students solve problems and learn by discovery.

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"Can RFID Save the Day for Spinach?
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

Nov. 13, 2006-Poor Popeye! Along with millions of other spinach lovers, he was caught by surprise in September when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) halted the sale of all fresh spinach due to an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli) associated with the product.

On Sep. 29, with the likely source of contamination narrowed down to a grower in California, the FDA lifted its warning on spinach, except for specific brands packaged on certain dates. However, the losses to the spinach industry had already exceeded several hundred million dollars by that point. Even with spinach back on the shelf, the industry may not soon see the revenue it once enjoyed, as consumers reach for substitutes they perceive as being safer. Can RFID save the day for Popeye and his fellow spinach lovers, and for the industry at large?

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"An Interview with RFID Trailblazer H.D. Smith" 
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

August 21, 2006 - ...H. D. Smith Wholesale Drug Company. In the summer of 2005, the company conducted the nation's first RFID-enabled pharmaceutical e-pedigree trial with Purdue Pharma. I wanted to find out what motivated them to take this plunge, and what they are up to now.

H. D. Smith remains family owned since its founding in Springfield in 1954 by Henry Dale Smith. From six distribution centers nationwide, it delivers more than 35,000 products to independent pharmacies, small retail chains, and hospitals. With $2.5 billion in sales, it is now the fourth largest national pharmaceutical wholesale company in the U.S., having ranked seventh just three years ago

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"RFID World Sees Technology Taking Root" 
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

March 9, 2006 - "Uptake of RFID technology will be gradual, similar to growth of the Internet. There's no it moment," noted RFID World 2006 attendee Bill Wilkinson of American Packaging Corporation. "But," he added, "it's amazing the difference a year makes." Indeed, at the RFID World Conference and Exposition last week there were ample signs that RFID technology was taking root.

Attendance at this year's show was 3,500, 20 percent higher than 2005. At 200, the number of exhibitors was up 50 percent, with "more than 150 already resigned for next year," according to Tim Downs, president of the conference's organizer Shorecliff Communications (recently acquired by CMP Media).

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"International Cargo Conundrum   How much investment in security is enough?" 
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

Feb. 6, 2006-What must be done to provide an "adequate" measure of cargo security? Are electronic freight container seals (e-seals) a good investment?

These questions were debated at eyefortransport's North American Cargo Security 2005 Forum-held in Washington, D.C., in December-by representatives from such large importers as Boeing and Procter & Gamble (P&G), as well as transportation and logistics companies, and information and cargo seal technology vendors. Not everyone agreed on the answers, but they did concur that the U.S. government must invest more to step up private investment.

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“EPCglobal and the RFID Tipping Point" 
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution

September 19, 2005 - While growth in conference attendance from 2004, at about 1,400, was flat, and a number of speakers from end-user companies acknowledged their continuing preoccupation with "just trying to make things work", the overall consensus seemed to be that RFID was here to stay. So, when will RFID's big growth phase begin?

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RFID: Will China Throw a Monkey Wrench?
Without Beijing's support -- which doesn't appear likely -- of international efforts to set a global standard, world trade could suffer
By Leslie Downey, RFID Revolution, and Craig Harmon, Q.E.D. Systems

September 12, 2005- Will China play ball or go its own way and buck international efforts to establish radio-frequency-identification (RFID) standards? The answer to that question will have a profound impact on the future of global trade for the likes of Wal- Mart (WMT), Procter & Gamble (PG), and thousands of other U.S. and European companies. Multiple RFID standards could mean substantially more information-technology investment for large companies and insurmountable trade barriers for smaller ones.

                            Download article, courtesy of BusinessWeek online.

“Thinking Locally,” 
By Leslie Downey

July, 2004 - Ask any person on the street these days what he or she thinks of "globalization," and you're almost certain to get an opinion. Ask about "localization," and you'll probably get a blank stare. But "the localization and translation industry accounts for about $26 billion in worldwide revenue," according to Michael Anobile, Director of the Localization Industry Standards Association, or LISA, based in Geneva, Switzerland. "And its growth is accelerating as U.S. companies realize they must do more to make their products marketable in other countries."

Language translation is a key element of the localization process. Web sites, product promotion and training material, software, and legal agreements may all need translation. But localization also includes careful consideration of subject matter, graphics, and colors, to appeal to and avoid offending people in the target country market.

"Only one in four of the world's population speaks English to some level of competence," Anobile notes. "That leaves nearly five billion people who are unreachable without translation, and a growing percentage of those are accessing the Internet."

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