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Ohio University to hold 20th annual Auto ID Summer Institute

ATHENS, Ohio (June 26, 2006) -- Ohio University's Center for Automatic Identification, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, will hold its 20th annual Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technical Institute (AIDCTI) July 23-28. Industry experts, educators and business people from across the world will convene to expand their knowledge in radio frequency identification, bar coding, magnetic stripe, biometrics, smart cards and voice data entry technologies. 

According to the center's executive director, Kevin Berisso, the institute is aimed at individuals with a limited knowledge of automatic identification technologies, but those with extensive knowledge will still benefit from experts presenting in specialized areas. "This is an optimal experience for people trying to learn more about the industry they have joined, and for college professors who want to ensure their students are learning the latest manufacturing and supply chain technologies," Berisso said. 

Topics range from why business should use automatic identification, to how radio frequency identification works. More than 20 speakers from major industry manufactures such as Hand Held Products, LXE, Vocollect and Zebra will discuss warehousing and manufacturing, as well as healthcare, the military, NASA and the cattle industry.

The institute also will feature hands-on, interactive lab sessions with equipment discussed during the presentations. Participants also will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art radio frequency identification equipment, 2-D scanners, bar code verifiers and other representative equipment. 

Support from event sponsors enables university professors to attend at no cost. For industry attendees, the cost is minimal. AIM Global members receive further discounts. Sponsors include AIM Global, Axicon, Datalogic, Hand Held Products, Logmation, LXE and Ohio University. 

Space is limited for both educators and industry participants. To register, visit www.ohio.edu/aidc/aidcti by July 7 or call (740) 593-1453.

Providing focused, unbiased research and education, Ohio University's Center for Automatic Identification is the nation's first university-based research center devoted solely to the study of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC). AIDC includes radio frequency identification, bar coding, magnetic stripe, biometrics, smart cards, and voice data entry technologies. Current research and educational efforts include radio frequency identification (RFID), direct part marking (DPM), "nano-codes" and "invisible bar codes." Educational services include speaking at conferences and symposiums, workshops, customized on-site training sessions, and the center's flagship educational effort, the annual Automatic Identification and Data Collection Technical Institute (AIDCTI). For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/aidc/.

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Media Contact:  Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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