Industry experts to share their insights
Local pilot programmes and international radio frequency identification (RFID) initiatives used by companies such as Wal-Mart, Sony and Gillette will form part of today's conference at the JW Marriott Hotel, organised by GSI Hong Kong and EPCglobal Hong Kong.
The one-day conference, which is expected to attract more than 700 delegates, will include speakers from key stakeholders along the supply chain, spanning manufacturers, the logistics sector, distribution centres, retailers and leading drivers in world-class supply chain management.
'This is a rare opportunity to hear from international experts and local business leaders, all with first-hand knowledge of the technology, as they share their visionary thoughts and insights into market and technology trends, their real-world experiences of deploying new technology, and proven, practical solutions to business challenges,' said Anna Lin, chief executive, GSI Hong Kong and EPCglobal Hong Kong.
Conference presenters include David Lee, vice-general engineer of Central Research Institute of Haier Group; Tatsuya Yoshimura, Sony Corporation RFID research and promotion manager at the Global Supply Chain Management Department, Production Strategy Division; Shinichi Ishii, Nomura Research Institute, senior consultant, Business Transformation; and Simon Langford, Wal-Mart director, RFID Strategy and Transportation Systems.
BEA Systems, one of the world's leading application infrastructure software companies and a key supporter of EPC technology standards, believes EPC provides advantages for suppliers across the Pearl River Delta region.
Ken Traub, BEA Systems RFID and Edge Servers chief technology officer, said businesses could benefit from using automated identification to raise the efficiency of their enterprise operations.
According to Fredy Cheung, managing director, South China Cisco Systems, the company would continue to support the EPC global standard.
'We will work together with EPCglobal Hong Kong to provide enterprises in the Pearl River Delta region with end-to-end supply chain solutions to enhance the efficiency of business processes and reduce operating costs,' Mr Cheung said.
Wing Ho, manager, Global Midmarket Business, IBM China/Hong Kong, said he believed RFID and EPC technology was an increasingly important solution in tracking key inventory and when used innovatively, could increase security and business resilience.
'IBM has been working with industry-leading partners to deliver innovative solutions based on the EPC network infrastructure, improving the way businesses and people interact and collaborate,' Mr Ho said.
GS1 Hong Kong (formerly known as Hong Kong Article Numbering Association), is a not-for-profit membership-based industry committed to optimising the efficiency of supply chains for Hong Kong enterprises.
EPCglobal Hong Kong operates under the umbrella of GSI to provide a range of services, including article numbering and bar coding.
third EPCglobal Hong Kong RFID Conference 2006
'The Mission in Action and Beyond'
Aim Sharing experiences and insights on the adoption of Electronic Product Code and radio frequency identification technology in supply chain management
Who should attend Early adopters, thought leaders, technology providers and standard development and deployment experts
Date April 28, 2006
Venue JW Marriott Hotel
Fee $800 per head, including lunch
Registration tel 2734 3317 / 2734 3312
Organiser EPCglobal Hong Kong