First Annual Track & Trace Summit Set for Miami

Nearly 70 percent of U.S. businesses are evaluating RFID systems in 2005, and about 12 percent more will investigate the tracking technology's use in 2006, according to a recent report detailing a survey of 500 companies conducted by AMR Research.

In order to fully examine and analyze RFID's benefits, leading RFID executives from the retail, manufacturing, government, healthcare, and legal sectors are gathering October 17-19, in Miami, for the Track & Trace Summit. Key topics on the agenda include best practices and strategies for identifying and justifying a business case for RFID, methods for achieving a solid ROI, and ways to quickly and efficiently implement process changes to ensure a smooth RFID rollout.

In addition, leading RFID pioneers will be on hand to discuss the state of the industry, as well as provide insight into the latest regulatory and legal developments, which will affect everyone involved with RFID. They include:

--Dan Mullen, President, AIM Global, will present a keynote address on the latest developments in RFID systems and solutions --Mike Meranda, President, EPCglobal, will address strategies for optimizing RFID programs to ensure compliance with EPC standards, in his keynote presentation --Tim Welch, Manager of Business Development, UCCnet, will discuss new developments on the UCC product code database --Stacia Borrello, Associate; and Ronald E. Quirk, Jr., Of Counsel, Venable LLP; will offer a critical perspective on the landscape of RFID legislation

The Track & Trace Summit also will address the other issues through an agenda that includes:

--A full day, multi-tracked Pre-conference symposium: Executing Process Changes To Reap ROI From RFID Rollouts --A full-day workshop: The Essentials of RFID: A One-Day Intense Introduction to the RFID World, provided by IIR and American RFID Solutions --Two full days of conference sessions including keynote presentations on the direction of the industry and key lessons learned from pilot programs and real-world case studies featuring leaders from manufacturing, retailing, and healthcare --Six independent business strategy and technical tracks for a targeted learning experience across two days

RFID providers from around the world will appear at the Track & Trace Summit, including American RFID Solutions, Science Applications International Corp., and TransCore, organizers noted in a release.