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AIT Alliance Names Washington Representative Winner of AIT Award

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Pittsburgh, PA |July 5, 2016AIM North America (AIM NA), the industry association and authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS, the Internet of Things, NFC, and mobile computing, announced that it has named US Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA-2) the recipient of the 2016 Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Award.

The AIT Award, created in 2013, is presented annually to an individual, committee, group, or organization from the government sector that has championed the successful use of automatic identification technology within local, state, or national government.  It is sponsored by the AIT Alliance, a committee of AIM North America dedicated to raising awareness about AIT and encouraging the adoption of AIT policies within U.S. government agencies and the U.S. government contractor community.

In selecting Representative Larsen for this year’s honor, the AIT Alliance cited his significant commitment to promoting the use of automatic identification technologies in the Department of Defense (DoD).

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Larsen supported H.R.4909, FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that would direct the Defense Contract Management Agency to adopt implement, and verify item-unique identification (IUID) standards across the DoD and the defense industrial base.  The bill also directs other DoD agencies to brief Congress on their efforts to fully implement the IUID policy.  Additionally, Representative Larsen’s office has been instrumental in coordinating high-level Congressional briefings with the House Armed Services Committee officials on AIT compliance.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “Providing our armed forces with the technology to make data-driven decisions about their equipment allows service members to maximize their resources while making the most of taxpayer dollars, and I appreciate the Association’s support of these efforts.”

“The AIT Alliance is thankful for the bipartisan support this legislation received from members of the House Armed Services Committee, and to Representative Larsen for leading the way,” said Mary Lou Bosco, Chief Operating Officer of AIM NA.  “We applaud his consistent support of the role automatic identification technologies can play in the government and are pleased to recognize his efforts.”

Representative Larsen is serving his eighth term in the US House of Representatives. Larsen is a leader on transportation and aviation, trade, and U.S.-China relations. He is the ranking member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation, serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and is founder of several Caucus Leadership efforts, including the U.S.-China Working Group and the Congressional Arctic Working Group. He is a strong advocate for pro-growth policies that support innovation, job creation, and a strong economic foundation.

AIT Alliance Praises NDAA Provisions on IUID

The House Armed Services Committee passed H.R.4909, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes extensive language on the Department of Defense’s item-unique identification (IUID) policy.  Acknowledging the vital importance of the IUID policy to defense logistics, the bipartisan language would limit funding for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) until the DCMA Director provides a briefing on the agency’s plan to foster the adoption, implementation, and verification of the policy.

The DOD’s item unique identification (IUID) policy was first formulated in 2003 to enable the Department to track its assets through the use of automatic identification technology (barcodes, 2D data matrices, RFID chips, and so forth).  The policy requires contracts to have language providing for the marking of new and legacy items that met certain criteria.  In September 2015, the Office of the Secretary of Defense revised the IUID policy, assigning specific responsibilities to DCMA for the implementation of the policy, as well as to the military services and other entities within the DOD.

“Private industry has long since learned the immense benefits to be gained from effective deployment and use of IUID and other automatic identification technologies,” said Bob Fudge, Chairperson of the AIT Alliance.  “At the AIT Alliance, we’re excited to hear that the House Armed Services Committee is taking this major step towards leveraging IUID to enhance asset tracking, in-transit visibility, and inventory management in the DOD, which will help the warfighter and save the Pentagon—and the taxpayer—tens of billions of dollars.”

The FY 2017 NDAA also includes report language directing the Secretary of Defense to present a briefing to the House Committee on Armed Services on efforts of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; the Defense Logistics Agency; the Deputy Chief Management Officer and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; and the Secretaries of the military departments to facilitate the implementation of the IUID policy in their organizational jurisdictions.

AIT Alliance Honors U.S. Senator Rob Portman

Cranberry Township, PA |October 7, 2015AIM North America (AIM NA), the industry association and authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS, the Internet of Things, NFC and mobile computing, announced that U. S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has been named the recipient of the 2015 Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) Award.

The AIT Award, created in 2013, is presented annually to an individual, committee, group, or organization from the government sector that has championed the successful use of automatic identification technology within the local, state, or national government. It is sponsored by the AIT Alliance, a committee of AIM North America.

In selecting Senator Portman for this year’s honor, the AIT Alliance cited his significant commitment to promoting the use of automatic identification technologies in the Department of Defense (DoD).

He co-authored bipartisan legislation with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and the Senate Armed Services Committee that required the Department of Defense to create a detailed strategy on improving asset tracking and in-transit visibility, along with identifying plans for all military departments to implement the strategy. This legislation passed and was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. Additionally, Senator Portman’s office has been instrumental in coordinating high-level Congressional briefings with senior Department of Defense officials on automatic identification technology (AIT) compliance.

“AIM North America is fortunate to have many advocates, and Senator Portman’s work with the AIT Alliance truly exemplifies a unique level of dedication,” said Mary Lou Bosco, Chief Operating Officer of AIM NA. “His openness to collaboration through education and promoting the value automatic identification technologies can play in the government shows his concern for not only his Ohio constituents, but Americans across the country. We are pleased to showcase his efforts with this award.”

Senator Portman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. Before joining the Senate, he held several other positions — an associate counsel for President George H.W. Bush, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 14th United States Trade Representative and the 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Currently he is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the chief oversight committee of the U.S. Senate, serving as the Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
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AIT in DoD Symposium: Presentations Now Available

The AIT in DoD Symposium 2015 was a success! DoD officials, government leaders, business executives, and academics within the automatic identification technology (AIT) industry all contributed.  This year’s event, entitled “Integrating Practice, Technology & Innovation,” featured a variety of educational sessions, technology demonstrations, and executive roundtable discussions with corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Speakers included executives from Delta Airlines, Zebra Technologies, and Datalogic, along with educators from Southern Methodist University, George Mason University, the University of North Carolina, and Georgia Tech University. Additionally, senior representatives from the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present. Innovation in AIT and Big Data, the value gained in ROI and efficiency from those innovations, the future of AIT were discussed.

Download the presentations here.