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Monday 15 September 2014, 18:00–20:00 (Salon DEF)

Wireless Technologies for Freight Security and Efficiency

Moderator:   David Michelson, University of British Columbia, Canada
Panelists:Garland Chow, UBC Sauder School of Business
 Dalibor Pokrajac, Guard RFID Solutions, Canada
 Dean Brickerd, Vice-President, Technical Services, Orbcomm, USA

 

Wireless Technologies for Freight Security and Efficiency

Monday 15 September 2014, 18:00–20:00 (Salon DEF)

The secure and efficient movement freight and goods is the cornerstone of the modern global economy. Both government and industry have expended considerable effort to streamline the flow of freight and goods across borders, at freight terminals and at intermodal transfer points. While legislative changes and development of new inspection technology has played a critical role in increasing freight security and efficiency during the past decade, wireless technology remains the most important technique for streamlining the exchange and flow of information at all points in the process. Garland Chow will open the session by summarizing the business case for using wireless technologies to enhance freight security and efficiency. Dalibor Pokrajac of Guard RFID Solutions will review the use of active RFID and related short-range wireless technologies to meet this goal and progress in adopting the latest active RFID technology, IEEE 802.15.4f. Dean Brickerd of Orbcomm will anchor the session an in depth presentation on Orbcomm’s vision for the use of wide area wireless technologies to meet this goal and recent accomplishments in satellite-based M2M communications including the recent launch of second generation Orbcomm satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida this past July. The session will conclude with a short panel discussion and question and answer session.

David Michelson, University of British Columbia, Canada (Moderator)

David G. Michelson, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE, began his career as a member of a joint team from AT&T Wireless Services, Redmond, WA, and AT&T Labs-Research, Red Bank, NJ, where he contributed to the development of propagation and channel models for next-generation fixed and mobile wireless systems. The results of this work formed the basis for the propagation and channel models later adopted by the IEEE 802.16, the WiMAX Forum and 3GPP’s efforts to support development of the WiMAX and LTE wireless standards. Since 2003, Prof. Michelson has led the Radio Science Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where his research interests include: 1) propagation and channel modeling for wireless communication system design, 2) low profile antenna design for wireless sensor network, advanced cellular, vehicular, and satellite communications and 3) radar remote sensing. He is founder of the Vancouver Chapter of the IEEE EMC Society and received the 2011 IEEE EMC-S University Grant Award. He and his student Simon Chiu received the IEEE AP-S RWP King Best Paper Award in 2011. Prof. Michelson is a member of the Boards of Governors of both the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He serves as General Co-Chair of both the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2014 Fall and the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting.

Garland Chow, UBC Sauder School of Business

Garland Chow is Associate Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division and Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security both in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chow teaches and writes in the fields of supply chain, business logistics and freight transport management. He is a frequent speaker before professional associations and executive programs and is a member of several editorial boards and an active participant in Supply Chain and Logistics Canada, which awarded him their 2003 National Mentor Award and 2008 National Service Award. He also serves on the accreditation review panel of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. His current research interests include: offshore and nearshore sourcing strategy and evaluation, total logistics costs decision making, and the modelling of security and efficiency of cross-border and global freight movement. He earned his BS and MBA degrees from the University of Maryland and doctorate from Indiana University.

Dalibor Pokrajac, Guard RFID Solutions, Canada

Dalibor Pokrajac obtained his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering degree from University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1989. He spent early days of his carrier as hardware development engineer. In 1994 he moved to Canada where initially he worked on distributed industrial controls products, with focus on real-time data acquisitions. Since 1999 he is involved in various capacities with low power RF communications, primarily RFID/RTLS. Initially, that involvement was on device development level and later he moved to higher levels of development and management. In 2001 he started participation within IEEE 802.15 committee, where since 2009 within 802.15.4f group he was actively involved in development of 433 MHz PHY focused on low power communication used by RFID/RTLS devices. Since 2010 he is active within ISO SC31 committee on inclusion of 802.15.4f PHY/MAC layers in ISO/IEC 18000-7 standard. New revision of this standard was ratified in 2014. Pokrajac is Professional Engineer and member of the Standards Council of Canada.

Dean Brickerd, Vice-President, Technical Services, Orbcomm, USA

Dean Brickerd has been at ORBCOMM for more than 22 years, during which time he has held a variety of positions involving system definition, specification development, system engineering, vendor management and product development. He is currently responsible for the development of new products and providing technical support to ORBCOMM’s value-added resellers (VARs). In this role, he is the main technical point of contact for thecompany and manages the development of new antennas,new ORBCOMM modems, embedded software, system integration, and field testing of completed products. He has also worked directly with ORBCOMM’s VARs to developand/or debug their current systems. In addition, he isresponsible for the certification of ORBCOMM subscriber communicators as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s requirements for use on the ORBCOMMsatellite network. Prior to ORBCOMM, Mr. Brickerdworked for GTE Spacenet, where he provided system engineering support for the deployment of VSAT networks,the U.S. government as well as Booz, Allen & Hamiltonand spent four years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Mr. Brickerd has Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology from Purdue University and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University along with a Master’s of Science in System Engineering from George Mason University.

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