"This international Forum covers a wide range of topics associated with the rapidly emerging technology of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). The Forum is relevant to any organisation engaged in the production, movement or sale of physical goods. This would include distributors, logistics providers, manufacturers and their packaging suppliers. Many of the core issues and benefits are common across a number of sectors such as retail, food, CPG, pharmaceuticals, building & construction, healthcare and automotive. This technology is also sometimes referred to as smart-labels, smart-tags or e-tags.
"With communications & IT technologies converging and ever smaller, smarter and cheaper tags and readers, RFID is opening up amazing supply chain possibilities. The opportunity is for companies to deploy RFID technology to improve efficiency & visibility, cut costs, better utilise their assets, produce higher quality goods, reduce shrinkage or counterfeiting, and increase sales by reducing out-of-stocks.
"In addition to presentation sessions and executive briefings, this groundbreaking event enables participants to meet each other on a pre-arranged basis, either one-on-one or in small discussion groups. All participants will be able to use the web prior to the Forum to construct their own personal agenda, tailored around their own specific interests in the fast moving RFID market."
Orwellian written all over it.
I personally can't do much about this, being as how I am residing on the opposite side of the planet. But I figure y'all should know about this, maybe somebody will want to organize some sort of protest around this. Anyone know of UK electronic privacy groups? Please post their contact info as a comment.
Also, if you're interested in learning more about emerging technologies, you can peruse our website ( http://nanobotinvasion.cjb.net) which compiles info on nanotechology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, surveillance, and military research on American college campuses.
Oh, btw, Tesco food stores (along with Wal-Mart, America's biggest retailer) has come up in our research as a key player in push suppliers to integrate this new technology into their products.