10 Aug UW-Madison RFID technology lab debuts Friday
Madison, Wis. – Interest in UW-Madison’s RFID Lab is so strong that a waiting list had to be created for Friday’s open house after all of the 120 spots available for the tour were taken.
“People are on a waiting list, but no one is canceling” to make room for those on the list, said Nancy Gores of the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium. “It shows that people are really excited about RFID.”
Visitors will be coming from across the country to see the lab, which is billed as unique in the nation. The lab involves more than 40 companies from the UW RFID Industry Workgroup, plus UW-Madison students and faculty – all focusing on keeping Wisconsin industry competitive through RFID technology. The UW RFID Lab also is available to individual companies for sponsored company-specific projects.
The 120 people able to attend the open house will be able to tour RFID Lab stations, which include a portal/dock-door station, a conveyor system station and an antenna design and performance analysis station. They’ll also be able to hear Patrick Sweeney, CEO of ODIN Technologies, who will be the luncheon speaker. Sweeney, the author of RFID for Dummies, founded ServerVault, a secure managed hosting company, in the late 1990s, and led the company through 14 quarters of consecutive sales growth.