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Radio frequency identification workshop to be held in Columbus

ATHENS, Ohio (April 14, 2004) -- Ohio University's Center for Automatic Identification is sponsoring a one-day workshop and hands-on lab titled "RFID: Just the FAQs. No Hype. Just Truth" that will explore radio frequency identification (RFID). The program is scheduled for May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Quest Business Center in Columbus.

RFID is the latest automatic identification tagging technology for suppliers and customers to identify the contents of shipments throughout the supply chain. This workshop is designed for companies facing upcoming RFID tagging requirements from their retail customers, as well as anyone who feels they will benefit from an introduction to the technology and its business applications. Participants will gain a greater understanding of RFID and how it differs from traditional bar codes.

The instructors are Jim Fales and Bruce Philpot, executive director and managing director for the Center for Automatic Identification at Ohio University. Both are recognized as veterans of the automatic identification and data capture business, with a combined 35 years of experience in AIDC technologies and their business applications.

"A multitude of RFID applications are being developed right now, both for closed systems and for supply channels in multiple industry sectors," Fales said. "Without abandoning bar codes, suppliers and customers are now in a steep learning curve to employ the new technology. This workshop and lab will clarify the truth about RFID so as to de-mystify it for our participants."

The fee for the workshop is $295 per person, which includes the seminar, lab binder with complete workshop proceedings, lunch and continuing education units (CEU) certificate. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited to 50.

A second workshop and lab is scheduled in Cincinnati on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Eastgate.

For more information or to register, contact Community and Professional Programs at (740) 593-2831 or visit www.ohiou.edu/noncredit/rfid.htm or the Center for Auto ID at www.ohio.edu/aidc.

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Media Contact: Community and Professional Program Coordinator Lisa Kamody, (740) 593-2831 or kamody@ohio.edu

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