ID WORLD International Congress: Sprague Ackley

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Sprague Ackley

Technologist – Intermec

Speaks at ID WORLD on Wireless Identification

Mr. Ackley works for Intermec on projects pertaining to RFID and bar code technology and is the named inventor on many AIDC patents. He has extensive experience in standards development and is a recipient of the AIM Dilling Award. Mr. Ackley is the Project Editor of the ISO standard “Optically Readable Media (ORM) print quality for mobile devices and ORM display quality on mobile devices” currently under development. He was the chair of the ad hocs to develop a print quality method for DPM (Direct Part Marking) and to build a 2D Judge metrology device. Mr. Ackley has participated in the bar code and RFID technology committees of GS1, AIM and ISO as well as the application standards development groups in the Automotive, Healthcare, Electronics, and Material Handling industries. Mr. Ackley’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters degree in Physics from Stonybrook University.


Those who are interested in implementing RFID are presented with a baffling array of ways to encode data and none of them seems to be compatible with the data in their existing bar code applications. Many implementations of RFID often find the need to interact with bar code systems which seemingly have completely different data constructs. Finally, many items have both bar code and RFID associated with them but the encoded data is different.

The two main data encoding methods, GS1 and ISO, both offer different and incompatible methods with your current bar coding applications. Fortunately, both systems have made some progress towards the goal of being able to encode the same data regardless of data carrier technology. GS1 (i.e. EPCglobal) is on a long path to solve the problem and in the ISO world, there has been a major breakthrough.

This talk will detail the current state of affairs with both systems, explain the incompatibility issues, and discuss how to progress towards a seamless future. This presentation is essential for anyone wanting to try RFID without disruption to their successful and ongoing bar code system.

Speaking on November 2

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