Automatic Data Capture Industry Honors Excellence
06/03/2020

AIM Industry Award Winners Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Online PR News – 03-June-2020 – Pittsburgh, PA – AIM, the leading industry association and global authority for nearly 50 years in innovation, standards, and solutions in barcode, biometrics, IoT, NFC, RFID, RTLS, and RAIN, recognizes six individuals for their noteworthy contributions to the development and growth of the automatic identification and data capture community. The Richard R. Dilling, Don Percival, Ted Williams, Allan Gilligan, Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism, and the Clive Hohberger Technology Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards, are presented annually to individuals or organizations with outstanding vision, initiative, or service to the industry.

Don Percival Award
The Don Percival Award was established in 1982 to honor Don Percival, an early founder and pioneer in the development of bar code scanning. The award is presented each year to an individual or organization from the user community recognizing outstanding contributions to the application of automatic identification and data capture technologies.

This year’s honoree is Tom King, IT Project Manager at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a Subject Matter Expert for Asset Management and RFID, he leads the USPTO’s RFID technology initiative to improve and automate the mandatory asset inventory process. The USPTO employs nearly 15,000 employees and contractors using more than 130,000 mobile IT assets at its main campus comprising 8 buildings in Alexandria, VA and its 5 regional offices in Boyers, Detroit, Denver, Dallas and San Jose. Tom envisioned USPTO’s UHF RFID (RAIN) solution for real-time asset movement tracking, which integrates Metalcraft asset tags, Alien handheld readers, and 440 strategically-located Impinj fixed readers together with Evanhoe & Associates/Aware Innovations ItemAware software providing an ERP interface. In 2018, the use of RFID tracking resulted in a reduction of labor costs by 77% and loss prevention costs by 98%. Tom received his Associate of Science in Computer Software from Regents College and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Software from Southwestern University.

Richard R. Dilling Award
Since 1984, the Richard R. Dilling Award is the highest award given in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry. Named for Richard R. Dilling, an industry pioneer and former Vice President of AIM, it is presented to executives, scientists, and engineers in recognition of outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the industry through important applications and new technological developments.

This year’s recipient is Ray Delnicki, recently retired Global Standards Director-GS1 US, in recognition of his 20 plus years of outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the AIDC industry and developed an ongoing collaboration between GS1 and AIM. As a Member of MH10, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC31, GS1 BCID TG and GSMP, and the AIM TSC, Ray co-authored on many of the globally accepted supply chain standards in use today. He worked to integrate GS1 DataBar into product labelling and the open supply chain. He most recently led GS1’s formal collaboration with AIM to develop Optically Readable Sensor AI (8009) and add it to the GS1 General Specifications. In retirement he fills his time with consulting, karate, motorcycling and in his sound booth pursuing voice-over work.

Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism Award
In 2006, the Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism Award was established to recognize a journalist or media representative in the automatic identification industry whose work exemplifies the qualities of honest, educational and unbiased reporting of the automatic identification and mobility industry. The award was renamed in 2012 to honor Bert Moore, long-time AIM contributor and industry expert.

This year’s recipient is Anja Van Bocxlaer, Managing Director of RFID im Blick and Chief Editor and Publishing Director of RFID & Wireless IoT Global. Anja is also the Responsible Event Manager for RFID & Wireless IoT Tomorrow, Europe´s leading wireless IoT event. Anja is a great voice for the RAIN, RFID, and NFC technologies. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Christian-Albrechts-Universität of Kiel, Germany.

Ted Williams Award
Named in honor of Ted Williams, an industry innovator, collaborator, and long-time member of the AIM Global Technical Symbology Committee, this award, created in 2007, is presented annually to a professor or student in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions to the development of the Automatic Identification and Mobility industry that can further the growth of the industry through their work as a teacher, researcher or entrepreneur.
This year’s recipient is Professor Kam Weng Tam, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Director of Centre for Science and Engineering at the University of Macau, China. He is an expert on microwave filters, size reduction techniques for UHF RFID tag design and chipless UWB RFID. Aside from his role as an educator in Microwave Engineering, Dr. Tam is also Vice President of IEEE Council on RFID and Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of RFID. He is conference leader on RFID and wireless technologies. Dr. Tam obtained his joint PhD degree at the University of Macau and Technical University of Lisbon in 2000.

Allan Gilligan Award
The Allan Gilligan Award was established in 2012 to honor a revolutionary developer of supply chain standards across multiple industries. The award is given to a member of the industry who has made outstanding contributions to the development of automatic identification and data communications (AIDC) applications in materials handling and logistics in the supply chain.

This year’s recipient is Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions at Zebra Technologies. Mark is responsible for the company’s global warehouse and supply chain solutions strategy. Working in North American supply chain execution for more than 30 years at Zebra and IBM, he has engaged with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers and retailers in assessing and improving their supply chain operations through the application of advanced technology. Mark holds a BSME from Carnegie Mellon University.

Clive Hohberger Technology Award
Created in 2018 to honor the lifetime contribution of Dr. Clive Hohberger, prolific inventor, and recognize the scientists, engineers, software developers, or systems integrators for outstanding contributions that have furthered the growth of the industry through important applications and new technological developments.

This year’s recipient is Associate Professor Matt Reynolds of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington, and also co-founder and CEO of ThruWave Inc, an innovator in millimeter wave imaging for the supply chain. Matt is also co-founder in 2000 of the RFID systems firm ThingMagic Inc (acquired by Trimble Navigation, now part of Novanta/JADAK). Matt is being honored for his contribution in bringing the software-defined radio (SDR) technology to RFID readers, which replaced discrete RF component radios with advanced computer-based digital signal processing. The ThingMagic Mercury 4 reader proved the power of SDR, when it upgraded to EPCglobal Gen 2 protocol tags with only a software update. Matt received a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab in 2003 as a Motorola Fellow. He holds 67 US Patents in 5 fields and has over 85 pending patent applications.

Paul Bergé International Business Development Award
The Paul Bergé Award, established in 2020, recognizes the extensive International AIDC business development efforts spearheaded by Paul Bergé throughout his career. In his international market development career at Symbol Technologies, Paul was the founding Chairman of AIM Europe (1984) and past chairman of AIM International. He was the recipient of the 1989 AIM Richard R. Dilling award for his Global business expansion efforts. Presented each year, the Paul Bergé Award will distinguish an individual or an organization that demonstrates an international impact on expanding AIDC technology awareness and implementation.
The first recipient will be named in 2021.

According to Mary Lou Bosco, AIM Chief Operating Officer, “Each year, we are pleased to recognize the significant achievements of individuals who impact the direction of the industry and highlight their contributions to the growth of the overall AIDC marketplace. Their commitment to the industry serves as a benchmark for the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, and journalists.”

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