Vicinity RFID a Pioneer in Delegate Management at India Medical Conference: Implementation draws on UHF Gen 2 RFID tags from UPM RFID


(UPM RFID, Tampere) - Vicinity RFID Solutions Pvt. India has pioneered the use of UPM UHF Gen 2 RFID tags for event ticketing at a medical conference in India. The solution utilized ThingMagic Astra Readers provided by Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd., Agile Middlewares supplied by Vicinity RFID, and UPM ShortDipole(TM) UHF RFID inlays from UPM RFID.

Vicinity RFID Solutions is the leading provider of innovative RFID-based business solutions in India, and an associate company of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited. The conference, the 63rd Annual National Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS) 2011, was held in January in New Delhi and attracted more than 1,900 attendees. One of the main event sponsors was Alkem Laboratories, the seventh largest pharmaceutical company in India.

The conference and various technical sessions took place in ten halls during four days. Delegates were given an RFID-tagged conference pass containing their personal data and access rights. The Indian Psychiatric Society hoped to find out how much time the delegates spent in the conference halls. The delegates' movements were constantly monitored by Astra Readers installed at the entrances to each hall, and their entry and exit times were recorded as they moved from one hall to another. The data gathered by RFID readers in each hall was processed and evaluated. Data was presented for each delegate and each session, including the time spent at each session and a report of total hours spent in different halls.

RFID technology enables event organizers to guarantee improved security and enhance customer service while eliminating queues to the various locations in the event area. Furthermore, the Medical Council of India, a statutory body responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India, is considering awarding credit hours to doctors based on their attendance at such conferences for their license renewal. Vicinity RFID Solutions and Alkem Laboratories are aiming to implement more than ten similar projects in the year ahead with a variety of medical associations.

"It's not an easy task to track 1,900 delegates spreading out in ten halls in the event area with accuracy and in real time. Using RFID to automate people tracking has significant advantages over traditional manual processes, as there's no need for extra staff to check IDs or the participants' attendance in various sessions. Information about entries and exits, movement around the area and time spent in various locations is captured in real time and available for analysis and immediate action. This helps organizers develop their events according the interests of the relevant key target group," says Edward Lu, Sales and Marketing Director, Asia.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Edward Lu, Sales and Marketing Director, Asia, UPM RFID, tel. +65 9173 0884

Mr Ketan Kolge, Sales Manager, India, UPM RFID, tel. +91 996 759 7305

Mr Vikas Modi, Director, Vicinity RFID Solutions Pvt. Ltd. India, tel. +91 932 006 8035

Mr Rakesh Singh, General Manager, Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd., India, tel. +91 882 639 2026

Mr Tarun Chutani, Marketing Manager, Alkem Laboratories Ltd., India, tel. +91 986 775 4812

About UPM RFID

UPM RFID, part of UPM's Engineered Materials business group, is the world's number one producer of HF, NFC and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM RFID has a global service network consisting of factories in China and in the United States and a broad network of sales offices worldwide. The UPM Group employs around 24,500 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Further information is available at www.upmrfid.com.

About Vicinity RFID Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Vicinity RFID Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a highly focused company in the UHF RFID domain. Vicinity has a total RFID team experience of 25 man years. The middleware - Agile, which is developed in-house - is the company's flagship product and helps to turnaround quickly during POC and subsequent implementations. Vicinity RFID Solutions delivers complete end-to-end solutions which cover the definition, design, implementation-integration, delivery, up-gradation and maintenance of RFID solutions customized for large business domains. Further information is available at www.vicinityrfid.com.

About Alkem Laboratories Ltd.

Alkem is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India. Alkem Laboratories Ltd. has evolved into the leader in the formulations segment of the Indian pharmaceutical Industry, covering both the acute and chronic therapeutic segments. Alkem's sales and marketing strengths and expertise in brand building are widely recognized as amongst the very best, with 14 brands placing in the top 300 brands of the country. By investing in world-class manufacturing facilities, approved by World regulatory authorities including the US FDA, UK MHRA, ANVISA BRAZIL, MCC South Africa and TGA Australia, Alkem exports to 35 countries including the regulated markets of the EU, CIS and South East Asia.

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