Sessions

RFID in Aerospace and Defense 2018
December 12, 2018

8:45 AM
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

9:00 AM
RFID Aids Space Exploration
When scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) look toward deep space, one of the largest challenges they face is management of goods—equipment, tools and accessories—with a limited crew or even no crew at all. NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) is leading an effort to design three solutions to identify tagged items in space, in order reduce the need for humans to manually search for items or confirm what they are. Learn how NASA has deployed a fixed UHF RFID reading system known as REALM-1 on the International Space Station and hear how the REALM-2 free-flying, RFID-reading robot and REALM-3 Smart Stowage system are in the works for the coming years.
Speaker: Patrick Fink, REALM (RFID Logistics) Principal Investigator Chief Technologist, Wireless & Communication Systems,NASA, JSC

9:45 AM
BAE Systems Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Capability With RFID
BAE Systems, an international defense, aerospace and security company, has deployed three RFID-enabled projects in its Electronic Warfare Integrated Manufacturing Center (EW-IMC): automated point-of-use (POU) material inventory replenishment, automated asset and tool tracking, and automated work-in-process (WIP) tracking. The projects increased production capacity and capability in its supply chain and its factories, thereby ensuring the success of current and future production programs for its customers. Learn how the firm improved the utilization of existing capacity across its sites, boosting manufacturing capability and product flow, while creating a process to accelerate production transitions. In addition, hear how the use of RFID technology may be expanded to other factories and sites in the future.

Speaker: Deirdre Schmidt, Operations Excellence Leader, BAE Systems

10:30 AM - Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:00 AM
IT Asset Management
AIT (Automatic Identification Technology) is a more secure and efficient way of tracking, monitoring and managing information technology (IT) hardware and software assets throughout their entire life cycle, across the enterprise. Learn how this can ultimately increase cybersecurity resilience by enhancing the visibility of assets, identifying vulnerable assets, enabling faster response to security alerts, revealing which applications are actually being used, and reducing help desk response times.

Speaker: Master Sergeant Thu Dahl, Enterprise IT Asset Manager, Air National Guard

11:45 AM
Transforming A&D Supply Chains with IoT Sensor Integration
In this presentation, learn how Aerospace & Defense (A&D) organizations can transform fragmented supply chains and manufacturing processes with an RFID solution – powered by Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) from Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Company.  ESI serves as the gateway to the Internet of Things (IoT), effectively bridging disparate sensor and tracking technologies on a common platform. ESI solves challenges related to interoperability, enabling organizations to effectively track and manage asset movements, inventory and workflow processes. See how this “sensor agnostic” IoT software solution has significantly accelerated manufacturing processes and enterprise visibility for Boeing and BAE Systems. Discover how the same technology can also help military forces increase efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance situational awareness across the full spectrum of defense logistics and supply chain management. 
Speaker: Patrick Lubinski, Director, Business Development, Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Company 

12:00 PM
A Strategic Approach to RFID 
Companies in the defense sector are being asked to tag shipments to the department of defense and some aerospace manufacturers. RFID can deliver internal benefits, but companies need to develop a coherent strategy for deploying RFID across the enterprise in a way that will deliver benefits in many areas of their operations. In this session, you will hear best practices for developing an RFID strategy that delivers near- and long-term benefits.

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

12:30 PM - Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

2:00 PM
Delta Improves Maintenance Efficiencies With RFID
Many large companies struggle to manage maintenance of their fleets, manufacturing machines and other complex assets. Delta Air Lines, which operates more than 5,000 flights daily across an extensive domestic and international network, is no exception. Almost eight years ago, Delta began using RFID in its maintenance operations, tagging onboard aircraft equipment that must be managed for both presence and expiration date. Gain an understanding of how the RFID program at Delta has matured and learn how they have deployed RFID technology to more efficiently manage over 300,000 items on its fleet of more than 800 aircraft.
Speaker: Rick Lewis, Business Analyst, Aircraft Maintenance, Delta

2:45 PM
DoD Integrates RFID for Property Accountability
Learn how the Defense Property Accountability System (DPAS) Program Office is employing RFID and related technologies to ensure that property accountability functionality is efficient and economical. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) utilizes the DPAS program to track general equipment, making it one of the most widely used systems in the DoD. DPAS provides customers with a common software platform, but those customers supply their own hardware. DPAS permits them to perform inventory counts, move assets, associate unique item identifiers with those assets, issue or return assets to and from users, and deploy real-time location systems.
Speaker: Joseph Stossel, DPAS Program Manager, U. S. Department of Defense

3:30 PM – Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00 PM
Leveraging AIT and RFID to Increase Asset Visibility
This session, taking place before the Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters, will provide an overview of how AIT and RFID technologies can be leveraged across the entire spectrum of military operations. Gain an understanding of how the U.S. Department of Defense is using the technologies across all business processes at the same time, including in-process, in-use, in-hand, in-transit and in-warehouse/inventory. Following this presentation, the panel of experts will discuss the topic in greater detail.
Speakers: Hal Casey,DON and DOD SystemsU.S. Navy
Dominique Rhines, L
ead USMC Distribution Systems Functional Advocate and RFID Co-lead, U.S. Marine Corps

4:45 PM
Expert Panel: DOD Enhances Asset Visibility for Warfighters
This U.S. Department of Defense panel will focus on the importance of industry and academia partnerships for effective use of automatic identification technology (AIT) to enhance many of the DOD's business processes. The panelists will discuss the AIT efforts across the Department, their role in supporting the DOD's AIT program, and scalability and interoperability challenges faced for enterprise solutions.
Moderator: Hal Casey,DON and DOD Systems, U.S. Navy
Panelists:
James L. Alexander
Product Director, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions,U.S. Army
Kenneth Morgan, 
SAF/CIO, Enterprise IT Integration Division, Mobility, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon,U.S. Air Force
Dominique Rhines,
Lead USMC Distribution Systems Functional Advocate and RFID Co-lead, U.S. Marine Corps
Dawn Fiorentino Izzi,
PMP, ARM, ODASD Logistics

5:30 PM – Closing Remarks

5:35 PM - Conference Concludes

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