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April 27, 2006
Contact: Kevin Curry, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7861.

KU Continuing Education to teach about radio frequency identification technology

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Continuing Education is launching a series of short courses to train users and prospective users of radio frequency identification technologies.

This technology, known as RFID, can be read through clothing and nonmetallic materials, unlike bar codes. It does not require contact or line of site to communicate.

“If RFID isn’t touching your life, it soon will be,” said Daniel Deavours, research professor at the KU Information and Telecommunication Technology Center and director of the KU RFID Alliance Lab. Developed by the military during World War II to identify aircraft, RFID now helps manufacturers track their stock in the supply chain or assets on the factory floor.

“Its applications are becoming more widespread,” said Deavours. “For example, the pharmaceutical industry has begun tracking individual containers of prescription drugs.”

The program’s first course, “RFID Implementation: How to Evaluate, Justify and Deploy Your Radio Frequency Identification Solution,” will be May 22-24 at the Hampton Inn and Suites Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. The three-day course will review RFID applications and considerations, equipment, capturing and using data and RFID implementation.

Deavours will help lead the course with Michael McCartney, founder and principal of Quality Logistics Management, an international consulting firm specializing in RFID technology and implementation.

Other courses in development include “Asset Management,” “RFID in the Cold Chain” and “RFID and the Pharmaceutical Industry,” according to Kevin Curry, RFID program manager at KU Continuing Education.

For complete course information or to enroll, visit www.continuinged.ku.edu or call (785) 864-5823.

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