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RAIN announces June 2016 meetings in CA and focused sessions on bridging RAIN and the Internet of Things (IoT)

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RAIN is pleased to announce the next RAIN Alliance meeting will be held on 8-10 June at the Embassy Suites Napa Valley by Hilton Hotel ( in Napa Valley, California, USA.

SMARTRAC and Google, two of the co-founders of the RAIN RFID Alliance, will host the meetings. The meetings will be held over a period of 2.5 days including an Open Session featuring a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) workshop, and several "RAIN and IoT" themed presentations, in addition to our regular Members-only sessions.

The RAIN members only meetings will be on Wednesday 8th June and the morning of 9th June.

Non-members are welcome to join us for RAIN Alliance Open Meetings on June 9th afternoon including Lunch, and June 10th morning. An exciting agenda is organized for the Open Sessions that includes speakers from SMARTRAC, Google, Levi Strauss & Co, Motorola Mobility, MEPS, Teslonix, and RR Donnelley. A special tour of Levi's store is planned in Napa Valley at the end of June 9th afternoon sessions, featuring real world implementation of RAIN RFID and the link to IoT analytics and metrics.

Registration is currently open with the following steps. Attendees are encouraged to note approaching deadlines for RAIN discounted rates for hotel rooms.

  • Pre-Registration is required for attendance, using this survey
  • Embassy Suites Napa Valley hotel reservation. Attendees are highly encouraged to reserve hotel rooms as soon as possible.
  • Airport Recommendations: for those flying in, the closest airport to Napa Valley is San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Attendees can consider several transportation modes to / from Napa Valley including renting a car or ride sharing options with others. For those needing travel coordination for ride sharing, please indicate on the pre-registration survey (including your arrival and departure dates/times so we can determine what can be arranged). Contact us if you have any questions.

Agenda for the meetings can be found as follows and will be kept up to date at our website

Wednesday 8 June, 2016: 9 am - 5 pm, Members-only session

Thursday 9 June, 2016: 9 am - 12 noon, Members-only session

Thursday 9 June, 2016: 12 noon - 5 pm, Open session (including Lunch) (Session order may change as the schedule is finalized.)

  • Welcome Lunch & Opening Remarks for non-members - Steve Halliday, President, RAIN Alliance
  • Key note Address: Digitizing everyday things for the IoT - Christian Uhl, CEO, SMARTRAC
  • Pushing and Analyzing real-time RAIN data in the Cloud – Colin Bookman, Web Solutions Developer, Google
  • RFID Scan Engine effectiveness in IOT communications -  Doug Lautner, Motorola Mobility
  • RAIN and IoT - bridging the last 10 meters - C. Paul Slaby and Vytas Kezys, Teslonix
  • Real-Time Item-Level Visibility and Analytics for the IoT - Stacey Shulman, VP Global Technology, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Visit to Levi Store in Napa Valley to see RAIN in action 

Friday 10 June, 2016 morning: 9 am - 12 noon, Open session "RAIN and the IoT" Workshop (Session order may change as the schedule is finalized.)

  • RAIN RFID in Healthcare: A Prescription for Improved Medication Safety, Reduced Costs and Increased Efficiency – Mr. Shariq Hussain, President and CEO, MEPS Real-Time, Inc.
  • Digitally Connected RAIN Embedded Solutions for IoT - Eric Wood, Vice President Product Management, Printed Electronics, RR Donnelley
  • Enabling RAIN for the IoT -  Panel Session - moderated by Shahrokh Shahidzadeh, Senior Principal Technologist at Intel’s IoT Analytics Solution, IntelSpeakers from 9 and 10 June will participate in the panel and interactive discussion with all attendees.
  • Closing Remarks - Steve Halliday, President, RAIN Alliance

We look forward to seeing you in Napa Valley!

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