ID WORLD International Congress: ID WORLD 2008

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ID WORLD confirms its unrivalled position as global thought-leadership symposium on automatic identification

With 56 CEOs speaking at the 2008 Conference and attendees from 75 countries on all continents, the ID WORLD International Congress maintains the record size achieved last year while further increasing the quality of the contents and prestige of its participants.

Now in its seventh year, the ID WORLD International Congress confirms again its unique position as the global summit on automatic identification. Enthusiastic feedback from ID WORLD 2008 participants highlights how this year’s symposium has been rated the world’s leading event in terms of quality of audience, quality of contents and level of organization. [read the feedback]

ID WORLD Conference

This year’s ID WORLD Conference, held in Milan from November 18 to 20, was characterized by the outstanding caliber of both speakers and audience. 56 Presidents and CEOs took the stage at the event, presenting their vision and offering thought-leadership to the international ID community.

The pre-congress day on November 18 saw the outstanding success of the newly launched ID WORLD Investors Forum, an initiative for CEOs and investors only, running alongside the established Secure ID and Wireless ID conferences of the ID WORLD Academy and two round tables on hot vertical markets.

467 high-caliber conference attendees participated in ID WORLD, which featured, in all, fourteen conferences. The heart of the event, represented by the plenary sessions in “The Future of Identification” on November 19, was opened by the traditional panel of four chief executives of the ID Revolution community acting as advocates of the individual technologies. This year’s panelists – Dr. William Colleran (Impinj), Scott Moody (AuthenTec), Philippe Geyres, (Oberthur Technologies) and Roberto Tunioli (Datalogic) – asserted that the adoption of automatic identification applications will experience an acceleration, driving the most attractive projects both in the area of global security and tracking. The thesis of the year, “ID Revolution = Towards Self-Service & Ubiquitous Intelligence”, was then discussed by Richard Bravman (Chairman, President, CEO – Intelleflex), Tom Grant (Chairman & CEO – ThingMagic), Anant Agrawal (President & CEO – Verayo) and Norbert Dawalibi (President & CEO – Sirit) in the plenary session chaired by Tom Miller (former CEO – Intermec and Partner – The Sage Group).

Beyond the Forums on Asset Tracking, Border Control and Transportation Security, new conferences were launched on the topics of Critical Infrastructure Management and Livestock Identification. The round tables on Ticketing and Privacy were among the most successful moments of interaction.

145 speakers actively contributed to this year’s ID WORLD conference, including government representatives from the EU Commission, USA, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Ukraine, Pakistan and Bangladesh, key players from leading logistics companies and many more internationally renowned experts of the automatic ID industry.

QUID Conference

The ID WORLD International Congress hosted this year the second edition of QUID, a separate initiative dedicated to the Italian market. With an agenda of dedicated conferences (on the topics of Point of Sale, Mobility & Transportation, and Payment Systems), it boosted its attendance this year to 188 delegates (+46% with respect to 2007).

ID WORLD Exhibition

After filling the doubled floor space in 2007, ID WORLD confirmed its size this year with 104 exhibitors dedicated to automatic identification. ID WORLD is one of the few global events where visitors can find the full range of advanced automatic ID technologies, including RFID, biometrics, smart cards and AIDC – data capture, under one roof. With 2,347 individual visitors, the two-day ID WORLD 2008 Exhibition proved to be an ideal meeting place for vendors looking to establish high level business contacts and end-users and system integrators looking for the right auto ID technologies and applications.

It’s wonderful to see that even after doubling in size in 2007, we were able to consolidate our numbers this year while increasing the quality of the participants and of the contents. The ID Revolution is big and ID WORLD is now a large event, much larger than what we initially thought of creating. However it still has the same warmth, engagement and attention to detail that tend to be found only at smaller events, such as our vertical forums organized throughout the year. We will work to ensure that future ID WORLD events continue to retain this community spirit.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of ID WORLD 2008!


Sophie B. de la Giroday

Sophie B. de la Giroday
President – Wise Media SpA

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