Events

Seminar on Advancement in Active RFID and RTLS Technology

Date: 27 May 2010 - 27 May 2010

Venue: SIMTech Auditorium, Tower block, Level 3

Introduction
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is widely considered as the key enabling technology for business innovations and capability development in many industries, including retail, hospitality, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, aerospace, transportation and logistics. Organised by the National RFID Centre, this seminar aims to provide updates on the latest development in the field of Active RFID and Real Time Location System (RTLS) technology, emerging standards, best practices and benefits in various industrial applications.

Abstracts
(1) APAC Active Tags Market – Status Today and Outlook by Mr Richard Sebastian, Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
The RFID industry has been moving at a rapid pace over the last two to three years, and this has resulted in changes to the the dyamics revolving the active tags market. This presentation will provide an overview besides discussing some of the key market drivers and restraints of the active tags market. The presentation will also cover the industry forecast besides having a look at some of the market and technology trends. A competitive structure is also provided before discussing on the active tags market outlook.

(2) RFID for Healthcare by Dr Goh Zenton, CEO, Cadi Scientific
One of the key challenges in the future of healthcare is to deal with an aging population. A worldwide phenomenon, the aging population is giving rise to nursing shortage. Technology will probably never be able to replace a nurse's touch or a doctor's judgment, but it can help tip the balance by improving workflow and making manual and routine tasks more efficient. For example, the automation of tasks such as temperature taking and vital signs measurement will free up time for other nursing tasks. CADI's flagship SmartSense system is an active RFID wireless platform designed to enhance patient care, reduce nurses' workload and improve operational efficiency. SmartSense has been fully operational in Singapore's two largest hospitals, namely Singapore General Hospital and Tan Tock Seng hospital since May 2010. More than 200,000 patients have used CADI RFID tags so far. The presenter will share how hospitals today are using RFID to help them streamline their daily operation and how RFID can be extended to wireless patient vital signs applications.

(3) Non-Line-of-Sight Localisation in Urban and Indoor Environments by Associate Professor Tan Soon Yim, Nanyang Technological University
In this talk, a novel localisation scheme that allows the mobile device (MD) to be localised by using just one Reference Device (RD) will be presented. In this scheme, one-bounce scattering NLOS paths are not discarded but used to determine the MD position. The scheme is applicable to a general urban or indoor environment, without prior knowledge of the location and nature of the scatterers in the environment, and also without the need for LOS path between the RD and MD.

(4) Ultrawideband (UWB) In-building Location Systems by Dr Andy Ward, Chief Technology Officer, Ubisense
Outdoor location systems such as GPS, have been tremendously successful in the wide-area. Recently, a range of systems have been developed to extend positioning capabilities within buildings. In this talk, the speaker will explain a system based on ultrawideband (UWB) radio, and will describe both the difficulties associated with performing accurate in-building location and case studies of industrial applications enabled by the technology.

About the Speakers
Richard Sebastian is an Industry Analyst with the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Electronics & Security Division. He focuses on monitoring and analysing emerging trends, technologies and market behaviour on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) across the region.

Dr Goh Zenton is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Cadi Scientific. Together with 3 partners, he started up Cadi in 2003 and secured financing in stages from NUS Technology Holdings, Seeds Capital, angel investors and Whiterock Healthcare. Cadi's flagship product, a wireless temperature monitoring and location tracking system called SmartSense, has won the TEC Innovator Award, Asian Hospital Management Award, the international Red Dot Design Award and Frost & Sullivan Wireless Sensor Network Customer Service Leadership Award. SmartSense has gained acceptance from Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National University Hospital and hospitals in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China. Prior to starting up Cadi, Dr Goh has been working on the area of digital signal processing. He has obtained a PhD in physics from the National University of Singapore and a BSc degree with first class honours in mathematics from the same university.

Associate Professor Tan Soon Yim received his Bachelor degree with first class honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, in 1991, and the PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1996. Since January 1992, he has been with NTU where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Communication Engineering. He has published more than 50 internationally refereed journal papers. His research interests are in the areas of wireless localisation and location tracking, propagation modelling and measurements for wireless communication systems, RF heating applications and non-invasive cancer/tumor detection. Dr Tan received the EEE Teaching Excellent Award and the NTU Nanyang Awards for Excellent in Teaching in year 2006 and 2008 respectively. Dr Tan is a member of IEEE.

Andy Ward has designed, built and worked with in-building location systems for over fifteen years. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a PhD in 'Sensor-driven Computing'. He was involved in leading research into location technology at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, he co-founded Ubisense Limited, one of the first companies to commercialise UWB in-building tracking products, and he now leads technology planning and development for Ubisense.

Programme

1.30pm- 2.00pm:  Registration
2.00pm-2.30pm:   Presentation by Mr Richard Sebastian
                           "APAC Active Tags Market – Status Today and Outlook"  
2.30pm-3.00pm:   Presentation by Dr Goh Zenton
                           "RFID for Healthcare"
3.00pm-3.30pm:   Tea break & Networking
3.30pm-4.00pm:   Presentation by Dr Tan Soon Yim
                           "Non-Line-of-Sight Localisation in Urban and Indoor Environments"
4.00pm-4.30pm:   Presentation by Mr Andy Ward
                           "Ultrawideband (UWB) In-building Location Systems
4.30pm-5.00pm:   Q&A
5.00pm: End 

Who Should Attend
• Technical Directors • Directors, Head of Enterprise Architecture • Directors, Heads of System Development • Project Architects • Research Scientists • RFID System Integrators • RFID Technology Resellers / Distributors • Senior Consultants • Academics

Target Sectors:
• Retail/ CPG • Pharmaceutical • Healthcare • Manufacturing • Logistics, warehousing, supply chain, distribution • Aerospace /Aviation • Defence • Tourism/Hospitality • Government / Public Service

On-line Registration
Registration for this seminar is free of charge. Seats are confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Enquiries
For technical enquiries: Dr Liu Wei, Email: wliu@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg