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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) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) implementations during a general session panel at the EPCglobal US Conference, September 13-15, 2005 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Moderated by veteran ABC and MSNBC news anchor Forrest Sawyer, the panel is composed of the following industry experts:

--Denton Clark, Auto Identification Technology Manager, Lockheed Martin

--Steve Georgevitch, Supply Chain Manager, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

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

--Herb Markwardt, RFID Project Leader, Tyson Foods

--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, 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 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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