KU Continuing Education RFID programs stay ahead of technology curve

Lawrence,KS (09-27-2006)

From University Relations
By Kevin Curry

University of Kansas Continuing Education will present four seminars highlighting the most recent research and business applications in the field of radio frequency identification.

Unlike barcodes, RFID technology can be read through clothing and non-metallic materials. Examples of RFID technology include security tracking strips inside retail electronic packaging and electronic toll tags, such as the K-TAG in Kansas.

These short courses are based in part on the pioneering research being conducted at KUs RFID Alliance Lab. The Alliance Lab is part of the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC). The RFID Labs director, Daniel Deavours, is scheduled to instruct several of the courses.

"Each of these seminars offers a great opportunity to experience the most recent RFID technology," said Fred Pawlicki, executive director of Continuing Education. "Our instructors are teaching all across the country about RFID, and they are helping participants apply research that is developed right here at KU."

"RFID Implementation: How to Evaluate, Justify and Deploy Your RFID Solution" will be Nov. 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Instructors will be Deavours and Michael McCartney, founder and principal of Quality Logistics Management.

"RFID: Deploying Your Item-Level Tracking System" will be Jan. 22-24 in Overland Park. Instructors will be Deavours and Toby Rush, president of Kansas City-based Rush Tracking Systems.

"RFID in the Cold Chain: Justifying and Deploying Your Cold Chain Solution" will be Feb. 8-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Instructor will be McCartney.

"RFID for Real-Time Asset Location and Industrial Process Control" will be Feb. 28- March 2 in Kansas City, Mo. Instructors will be Deavours and Allen Bennett, founder of System Concepts Inc.

Program lecturers will share "war stories"detailing how they overcame obstacles in their organizations to successfully implement RFID technology.

"Participants of these short courses will quickly develop an understanding of the benefits and difficulties of RFID implementation," said Marvin Hunt, assistant dean for Continuing Education. "People leave these seminars more excited about their work projects than they have been in a long time, because this technology really solves problems they were facing. They see these possibilities and get even more excited about their projects."

Hunt said the programs are beneficial to participants with all levels of RFID experience.

"The atmosphere is dynamic," he said. "We will have leading researchers discussing RFID with small-business entrepreneurs who are completely new to the technology. We also will have experienced industry professionals learning things they never thought were possible just a few years ago."

While some participants may determine if implementing RFID technology at their organization would be feasible, Hunt said everyone will gain from simply learning more about this rapidly-evolving industry.

"Everyone leaves these seminars ahead of the technology curve compared to their counterparts," he said. "They will be more advanced in their practical understanding of RFID usage."

Each seminar will include hands-on demonstrations, which will allow participants to experiment with state-of-the-art RFID equipment. Visits to off-site RFID laboratories are also planned.

Fitting with a continuing education model, participant correspondence with the RFID instructors does not end with the seminar. Online discussion forums for each course promise an avenue for future dialogue. Through the forums the instructors address questions and facilitate discussion among participants following the completion of the course.

For complete information or to register for RIFD courses, contact Kevin Curry, program manager at Continuing Education, at (785) 864-7861 or visit the Continuing Education Web site.

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