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Industry Panelists Named for EPCglobal US Conference; Panel Showcases Multi-Industry Interest and Adoption of EPC Technology.

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Industry experts from the aerospace, automotive, defense, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries will offer insights, shared learnings and outlooks on Electronic Product Code (EPC (1) (Entertainment PC) See HTPC.

(2) (Electronic Product Code) A standard code for RFID tags administered by EPCglobal Inc. (
) and Radio Frequency Identification See RFID.  (RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. ) implementations during a general session panel at the EPCglobal US Conference, September 13-15, 2005 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center The Georgia World Congress Center or GWCC is the major convention center in Atlanta. It is the fourth-largest convention center in the United States at 1.4 million ft2 (130,000 m2) and hosts more than a million visitors each year. .

Moderated by veteran ABC ABC
 in full American Broadcasting Co.

Major U.S. television network. It began when the expanding national radio network NBC split into the separate Red and Blue networks in 1928.
 and MSNBC MSNBC Microsoft/National Broadcasting Company  news anchor Forrest Sawyer Forrest DeWitt Sawyer (born April 19, 1949) is a former broadcast journalist best known for his 11 years with ABC News, where he anchored ABC World News Tonight Saturday and frequently substituted for Ted Koppel on Nightline. , the panel is composed of the following industry experts:

--Denton Clark, Auto Identification Technology Manager, Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta.

--Steve Georgevitch, Supply Chain Manager, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (Boeing IDS), based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a unit of The Boeing Company responsible for defense and aerospace products and services.  

--Dr. Pat King, Global Electronics Strategist, Michelin

--Herb Markwardt, RFID Project Leader, Tyson Foods Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is an American multinational corporation based in Springdale, Arkansas, that operates in the food industry. The company is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, and annually exports the largest percentage of beef  

--Mike Rose, Vice President, RFID/EPC Value Chain, Johnson & Johnson

--Kathy Smith, Special Assistant for End-to-End Customer Support, Department of Defense

"The best way to learn about the value EPC and RFID technology can bring to business is to learn from the leaders. These industry panelists and their organizations are on the front lines of the EPC and RFID initiative," said Mike Meranda, president of EPCglobal US. "Conference attendees will gain valuable tips and receive accurate, timely information they can apply to their own supply chains, helping to foster a new era of connected commerce."

The EPCglobal US Conference 2005 is designed to be a definitive source for information regarding EPC, the EPCglobal Network, and emerging global standards. The conference will offer a variety of learning and educational opportunities which include:

--Industry futurist, Ian Morrison Ian Ernest McLeavy Morrison (1913 - 1950) was an Australian journalist and war correspondent for The Times. He was one of the first journalists to be killed in the Korean War. , will present a speech entitled, "Managing the Velocity of Change in the New Era of Connected Commerce" at an invitation-only EPCglobal US subscriber event.

--Dick Cantwell, Gillette vice president and chairman of the EPCglobal Inc Board of Governors and EPCglobal Inc President Chris Adcock will launch the EPCglobal Global Certification and Accreditation Programs during a general session, signaling the final step in the road to commercialization of EPC technology. As part of the launch, the EPCglobal US Conference will award the world's first EPCglobal Certifications for hardware products that have been to built to the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) The range of electromagnetic frequencies from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. In the U.S., analog television has used UHF channels 52 to 69 in the 700 MHz band.  Gen 2 standard and successfully passed certification tests.

--A variety of sessions demonstrating new and emerging EPCglobal standards, EPC products and solutions at work over the EPCglobal Network, and updates on new and advanced implementations of EPC and RFID technologies within key industries.

The EPCglobal US Conference 2005 will provide information designed around three important phases of EPC implementation:

--Track I: Get Started. Attendees will learn the basics of EPC and RFID from EPCglobal staff and users who have firsthand knowledge of the technology.

--Track II: Build Your Business Case. Industry thought leaders will share the lessons learned during their EPC/RFID implementations.

--Track III: Implement Now. Attendees will learn about the many tools available to support robust implementation plans.

Subscribers, end users, solution providers, and industry leaders are already registering for the conference at a rapid pace. Conference organizers attribute this year's high level of interest to the growth of the EPCglobal US subscriber community, the ratification of new standards such as UHF Gen 2, and the development of new support programs.

To register for the conference, or for additional information, visit or contact 1.888.989.9586.

About EPCglobal US

EPCglobal US, a subsidiary of GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council, Inc.), is an affiliate of EPCglobal Inc serving subscribers in the United States to help foster the adoption of the EPCglobal Network and related technology. The EPCglobal Network combines radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, existing communications network infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code(TM) (a number for uniquely identifying an item) to enable accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information in the supply chain. 1SYNC, another GS1 US subsidiary, provides data synchronization, data registry and related services that make the transition to EPC implementation more efficient and cost effective. The end result helps organizations be more efficient, flexible, and responsive to customer needs. For more information about EPCglobal US(TM), please visit
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