EAI IIES Summit and Exhibition
Riva del Garda, Trento Italy 4-6 October, 2012
Food Safety & Autenticity 2012
Brussels, Belgium 18-20 September, 2012
Rome, Italy, 23-27 July 2012
IEEE Symposium and URSI Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA 8-14 July, 2012
QUID Innovation Italy
Milan, Italy 27-28 June, 2012
INSME - INNOBIZ - WTA Hi-tech fair
Daejeon, South Korea 21-25 May 2012
CIBUS 2012
Parma, Italy 7-10 May 2012
SMAU business 2012
Padova, Italy 18-19 April 2012
IEEE International Conference on RFID
Orlando, FL, USA 3-5 April 2012
Anuga FoodTec - F2F at Speakers' Corner
Cologne, Germany 28 March 2012


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The European Union (EU), through the Commission, has made a substantial investment in research, standards and regulatory developments and public consultation concerning radio frequency identification (RFID) and the emergent concept of the ‘Internet of Things’. While research and development initiatives will continue a pressing need can now be seen for generating greater awareness and take-up of RFID technology and the exploitation of user-facing opportunities for innovation and enterprise.

F2F pilots will take advantage of ongoing EU research in this area like ASPIRE and Euro FIR.

The ASPIRE project (Advanced Sensors and lightweight Programmable middleware for Innovative Rfid Enterprise applications) develops and delivers a new middleware software solutions for RFIDs under open source and royalty free conditions. This new middleware paradigm will be particular beneficial to European SME, which are nowadays experiencing significant cost-barriers to RFID deployment.

The network of excellence EuroFIR, funded under the EU FP6 'Food Quality and Safety Programme' acts in the field of food information and will therefore have importance for this project. The objective of the European Food Information Resource Project (EuroFIR) is to develop and integrate comprehensive, coherent and validated database providing a single, authoritative source of food composition data in Europe.

The main goal of RFID-ROI-SME is to boost the adoption of RFID technology by wide SME communities, while at thesame time creating business opportunities for innovative RFID solution providers within the EU. The aim is to demonstrate tangible benefits of RFID technology across many different sectors and business cases. These benefitswill then be disseminated to wider SME communities in the form of case studies, best practices and blueprints. To this end, the project will integrate, deploy organize and coordinate 8 RFID pilots in 6 European countries (including 1 international pilot) covering different sectors.

TRACE aims to improve the health and well-being of European citizens by delivering improved traceability of food products. It will provide consumers with added confidence in the authenticity of European food through complete traceability along entire fork to farm food chains. TRACE will develop cost effective analytical methods integrated within sector-specific and -generic traceability systems that will enable the determination and the objective verification of the origin of food. It will focus firstly on mineral water, cereals, honey,meat and chicken but will have wider applicability to other commodities.

The RACE (Raising Awareness and Competitiveness on RFID in Europe) network RFID initiative has been developed to raise awareness of Radio Frequency Identification across Europe through the establishment of a federating platform for all key European stakeholders in the development and use of RFID technology and applications. The objectives forRACE  have been developed from the needs identified by the ICT PSP for a thematic network for RFID, namely: creating a federating platform for all European Stakeholders in the development and usage of RFID, addressing the barriers to adoption and deployment as well as fragmentation in the market, providing a driving force for coordination, support and strengthening of the national bodies.