2014 Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute

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Just back from the 2014 Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute which convened at the University of Memphis. This great AIDC industry event recent relocated from its previous home at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

David Allais

David Allais

This year Barcode-Test co-presented a workshop on barcode verification to a large group of attendees including professors from engineering and technology departments from colleges and universities, representatives from the defense industry,  and personnel from GS1 Poland, GS1 France and GS1 Global Office in Belgium.

Corporate and trade association sponsorship substantially offsets the attendees’ expenses and makes it possible for smaller colleges to participate. The event is planned and hosted by Dr. Kevin Berisso, PhD at the Herff College of Engineering, University of Memphis. The goal of the Auto ID lab is to promote the usage of all of the automatic identification technologies including bar coding, RFID, biometric and smart cards.

For those of us who are invited to be presenters, it is a reunion of industry leaders and veterans as well as an orientation for the newer generations of AIDC professions. Speakers included:

  • Dr. David Allais, former CEO at Intermec, inventor of the ITF, Code 39, Code 11, Code 93 and Code 49 symbologies;
  • Sprague Ackley

    Sprague Ackley, recent recipient of the 1906 Award by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and partner of the ISO Joint Technical Committee which develops standards for AIDC;

  • Paul Bergé, former Vice President of International Marketing and Managing Director of Symbol Technologies International, founding chairman of AIM Europe, United

    Paul Bergé

    Nations designee to China on barcode implementation in export packaging, former Vice President of International Operations at Paxar/Monarch and former Vice President of Business Strategy at Flextronics International;

  • Paula Giovannetti,  a Certified Professional Project Manager, Paula has worked with major retailers in the US and Canada including  Best Buy, Target, Grainger, Polaris, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Puma, ITW, US Department of Defense and many others. Projects include EDI, bar Coding, RFID, supply chain optimization, vendor compliance, global retail standards and master data quality. Paula received the 211 Don Percival Award, the highest award given annually to an individual recognizing outstanding contributions to the application of automatic identification technologies;
    Paula Giovannetti

    Paula Giovannetti

…and numerous other AIDC industry leaders.  It is a great honor and a humbling experience to be among such industry pioneers and giants.

The Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute is an intensive, week-long seminar and workshop program that gives attendees face-to-face exposure to many of the pioneers and thought-leaders in the AIDC industry and to see first hand how this technology is evolving and solving new and important problems in supply chain security, food and drug security and safety. Presentations included such basics as Intro to Bar Codes, Bar Code Printing, Intro to RFID; and in-depth presentations on topics such as the FDA Ruling, GS1 Healthcare and Direct Part Marking technology, which is the fastest growing application in barcoding today.

Kevin Berisso

Kevin Berisso

The Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute group toured the FedEx hub which is over 1 square mile under

roof, 84 miles of conveyors employing 10,000 people in any 24 hour period. This is truly a place which simply could not function without AIDC technology.

For information about this program or to find out about future Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institutes, contact Dr. Kevin Berisso here.

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