Technology evangelist will discuss the importance of RFID at this first annual event to be held June 15-17, 2009 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai


RFID Journal, the world’s leading media and events company covering radio frequency identification (RFID), has announced that Dr. Sabri Al Azazi, CIO, Dubai Holding, and a leading technology evangelist will inaugurate the first annual RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East. The event will be held June 15-17, 2009, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai.

“Dr. Sabri has been an important figure in the technology community in the Middle East for many years and has promoted the use of technology to improve business process, enhance competitive advantages and drive profitability at the seven companies that make up Dubai Holding, one of the most respected group of companies in the Middle East,” said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. “We are extremely excited that he will open the event and explain the important role RFID can play in enhancing competitiveness.”

The conference program of RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East will focus on how all types of RFID technologies—active, Wi-Fi, passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF), passive high-frequency (HF) and more—can be employed to improve operations in the retail, construction, oil and gas, logistics and other sectors. Like all RFID Journal events, LIVE! Middle East will feature leading end users objectively explaining how they utilize RFID to enhance efficiencies and streamline business processes.

“RFID technology is growing in importance, and companies in this region and around the world need to understand how they can benefit from using it in many areas of their operations,” said Dr. Sabri. “I’m pleased to be able open the RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East conference and share my insights into how companies can use RFID technology.”

He added, “Pervasive and ubiquitous computing is the new dawn of technology and IT. Technology will be integrated within our lives and our social activities, business operations. Mobility’s will be tagged and recognized in order for computers to serve us as their masters. RFID will play a major role in enabling this era, and without it there will be no means for computers to recognize their masters – mankind.”

The conference will also include case studies by:

  • Carlo K. Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID, Airbus
  • Tom Leahy, Global Products Manager, MSI Oilfield Products
  • Rashid Bin Saifan, Manager, Documentation Section, Commercial Dept., DP World
  • Vasihuddin Khan, Cargo Systems Analyst, Emirates SkyCargo Systems Development
  • Ahmed Al-Anezi, MQM, Bs.ASQ, Director of Quality Management, Saudi Post Corporation
  • Catina G. Aghayan, quality and development consultant, Q-Post General Postal Corp.
  • Abdullah Almuzaini, Strategic Business Manager, Future Communications Company
  • Dr. Wasim Raad, head of smart card and RFID lab, Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Mike Meranda, president, TagStone
  • Dr. Ben Zoghi, director, RFID/sensor laboratory, Texas A&M University
  • Konrad Konarski, founder and VP, Merlin Concepts & Technology
  • Patton, Justin, RFID lab director, University of Arkansas

RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East is the first RFID conference in the region to feature technology exhibits and demonstrations conducted by the leading RFID companies worldwide. TagStone, a leading business services firm that creates business intelligence with radio frequency identification and other wireless technologies, will be the event’s Cornerstone Sponsor, while Motorola will be the premium and registration sponsor. In addition, other leading RFID companies will exhibit at the event. To become an exhibitor, contact

"RFID Journal is known worldwide for delivering high-value content that helps end users benefit from employing RFID," Roberti said. "I am extremely pleased that we are able to provide top-level education and bring top-level exhibitors to the Middle East. This really is a unique opportunity for companies across the Middle East to learn about how RFID can be used in their operations, and to meet the vendors that can help them deploy a successful solution."

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