AIM, NFC Forum and RAIN RFID to Launch Connections Summit at Google in March
Summit Focuses on how AIDC, NFC and RFID Make World More Connected for Businesses and Consumers
WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – February 13, 2018 – AIM, Inc., NFC Forum and RAIN RFID Alliance unveiled a partnership today to establish and deliver the Connections Summit on March 7, 2018 at Google Java Corners, Sunnyvale, CA.
The Connections Summit is a one-day event featuring over 25 speaker-led sessions, panel discussions, case studies and networking opportunities focusing on how Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), Near Field Communication (NFC) and Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) make the world more connected for businesses and consumers. The keynote addresses will be delivered by Antony Passemard, project management lead, Google Cloud Platform, Google and Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx.
The Connections Summit features multiple tracks on Internet of Things (IoT), retail and smart products, security, blockchain, healthcare and other market opportunities. Google is the Platinum Sponsor for the Connections Summit. Aware Innovations, EM Microelectronic, IDcode, SMARTRAC and Teslonix are Gold Sponsors. Silver Sponsors include muRata, VISA and Voyantic. AIM, NFC Forum and RAIN RFID Alliance are the world’s leading standards and advocacy associations in their respective technologies of AIDC, NFC and passive UHF RFID. For more information and to register https://nfc-forum.org/events/connections-summit/.
Stated Mary Lou Bosco, chief operating officer, AIM: “What is particularly notable about the Connections Summit is its emphasis on presentations based on real-world deployments and case studies using the technology. There has been a surge in the use of these technologies and industry leaders including Avery Dennison, L’Oreal and Lenovo among others will present at the Connections Summit on the use of AIDC, NFC and RFID in both business and by consumers.”
Commented Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum: “With over two billion NFC-enabled smartphones in use helping to connect the almost 36 billion IoT devices in the world we are rapidly becoming a connected planet. The Connections Summit is a topical and timely knowledge exchange about the ongoing integration of technologies providing improved connectivity for IoT, blockchain, retail, transportation, healthcare and other opportunities.”
Said Steve Halliday, president, RAIN RFID Alliance: “We are honored to present this inaugural Connections Summit at Google and thank all our sponsors for their support. With RAIN RFID connecting more than 10 billion everyday items annually, the three simultaneous tracks of the Connections Summit provide a great opportunity for everyone to learn more.”
AIM (www.aimglobal.org) is the trusted worldwide industry alliance for the automated data capture technologies including barcodes, RFID, mobile computing, and IoT. For nearly half a century, AIM has provided unbiased information, educational resources and standards to providers and users of these technologies. The alliance is essential to enabling adoption, growth and interoperability related to Automated Data Capture technologies and the enterprises that use this technology in the marketplace.
AIM membership provides access to an insider’s perspective on trends and opportunities along with a voice in shaping the growth and future of the industry. AIM member benefits include education, advocacy and community, as well as a role in creating industry standards through collaboration.
About the NFC Forum
The NFC Forum (www.nfc-forum.org) was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. Only member companies can participate in the Forum’s certification program of NFC devices, readers and tags. The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Infineon, Intel, Mastercard Worldwide, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.
About RAIN RFID Alliance:
The RAIN RFID Alliance (www.rainrfid.org) is an organization supporting the universal adoption of RAIN UHF RFID technology. A wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage each item. The technology is based on the EPC Gen2 UHF RFID specification, incorporated into the ISO/IEC 18000-63 standard. For more information, visit www.RAINRFID.org. The RAIN Alliance is part of AIM, Inc. AIM is the trusted worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards for nearly half a century.
For further information:
Mary Campbell, NFC Forum Public Relations
Bob Olson, NFC Forum Public Relations