Date: Thursday, March 23, 2006
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: AT&T Laboratories (formerly SBC)
Topic: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Speaker: Mark Johnson – President of RFID Tribe


Abstract:  Radio frequency identification (RFID) applications are changing the way we live, work and communicate.  This talk will briefly touch on the basic elements of RFID technology, its strengths and its limitations.  The role of RFID for identifying objects in a networked and connected world will be highlighted along with RFID-enabled network design.  Key applications of RFID technology currently in use and those with significant potential will be described including supply chains, manufacturing, healthcare, defense, payments, and retail operations.


Related Reading (Pre-reading prior to meeting):

“A Guide to Understanding RFID”


Speaker Bio:  Mark Johnson is President of RFID Tribe, an association for RFID technology professionals.  RFID Tribe's members are experts in RFID applications and may be found in more than 50 countries. Mark has served in leadership roles as CFO and COO for software, information technology, consumer electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing and supply chain businesses at Texas Instruments, Alcatel and Exel. Mark advises companies in the technology space regarding RFID, sensors and information technology. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars focusing on RFID technology.

Mark holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in
Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mark resides in Plano, Texas. He volunteers his time on boards and serves in leadership positions with commercial, civic and professional organizations including RFID Tribe, North Texas Tech Allies and The Alliance for Technology Education.


Additional Reference Material:

RFID Enabled Supply Chain Networks: The Next Network Build-Out


The EPCglobal Network

Watch the video on the EPCglobal website “The Basics of RFID and EPC” and review the reading on the EPCglobal network architecture.