About the Conference
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology - In cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Commission
in cooperation with
"RFID: Towards the Internet of Things" - Expert conference during German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Date: 25th/26th of June 2007
Venue: Berlin; Hotel MARITIM
- Peter Hintze, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
- Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media
- Dr. Bernd Pfaffenbach, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
- Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Director General "Key Technologies - Research for Innovation", Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Martin Jetter, General Manager and Chairman of the Board, IBM Deutschland GmbH
- Johann Hahlen, State Secretray in the Federal Ministry of the Interior
A political roadmap towards the Internet of Things
The conference "RFID: Towards the Internet of Things" aims at defining new strategic processes, relate existing activities and concepts that make RFID technology useful and transfer it to a consistent European strategy that contains distinctive objectives for the conduction and implementation of a political roadmap. Organised by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology in cooperation with the German Ministry of Education and Research and the European Commission, the conference will refer existing initiatives dealing with RFID, in order to shift the process to a new political level and to initiate a common strategy.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has turned out to be an important driver for the development of an information-based economy and society. By presenting and using the maximum scope of RFID related activities, this expert conference will contribute to the broad roll-out of RFID and the preparation of the Internet of Things as regards to economic aspects as well as to societal issues.
Assuming that central areas of modern industrial nations and their value-added processes have experienced profound changes by innovations in information and communication technologies, it needs to be clarified, how these changes can be promoted and governed in order to optimise the benefits of these technologies. In this context, RFID - the passive transponder - is just the first step towards the Internet of Things.
The conference aims at identifying political approaches and concepts at European and international level in order to compile the recommendations and to sketch a political roadmap. It addresses representatives of the member states; e.g. representatives of the European institutions, national governments and subordinated authorities, industry and associations, and exponents from science and technology.
From words to action
25th of June
The first day will give representatives from all member states a platform to directly jump into the current process of finding a European roadmap towards RFID and beyond. The following key issues will be discussed in parallel sessions:
- Market-driven innovations
- Technology-driven innovations: Advanced applications
- Technology-driven innovations: Mid- and long-term research roadmaps
- Societal issues and concerns
The four sessions will give the opportunity for experts and stakeholders from all over to discuss existing chances and challenges, benefits and threats, innovation barriers, possible solutions and perspectives of RFID. The input for the conference is given by the draft version of an "European Policy Outlook RFID", a document which is going to be prepared by relevant stakeholders from politics, industry, associations, consumers organisations etc. Based on the hypothesis of the Policy Outlook, each session will be structured by a number of impulse speeches. The following moderated discussion will derive options for (political) action within and the results of each session will be taken up by a rapporteur for the second day.
26th of June
The second, more political day will offer CEOs, representatives from governments and public authorities and organisations a first class insight into emerging political strategies for RFID in. The reflection of the first day`s findings by Round Tables staffed with high ranking representatives from industry, politics, research and societal institutions will put the results into a political context and will give the opportunity to focus on strategically relevant options and players.
A starting point for further activities
The results of the first and second day will be included in the final "European Policy Outlook RFID", as a basis for following activities in. With the results and options from the conference, the next step of political action will be initiated by member states, the following Presidencies of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.