Automatic Data Capture Industry Announces 2021 Industry Awards
10/15/2021

AIM Honoring Innovation and Excellence in AIDC

Online PR News – 15-October-2021 – 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, announces the new class of honorees into the 2021 AIM Awards Program [https://web.aimglobal.org/news/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?articleid=108]. These awards pay tribute to the inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, business executives, and journalists who think outside the box to bring new solutions to market and the imagination to create new technologies.

“The AIM Awards celebrate our rich heritage by honoring the legends and newcomers in the AIDC industry,” said Mary Lou Bosco, COO, AIM. “We are honored to recognize these awardees who showcase unique and innovative contributions to advanced asset tracking technologies that improve lives around the world.”

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 Patrick Kwang Cheok King, Logistics and Operations Director at KrisShop Pte. Ltd., an omni channel retail company. He has played a major role in implementation of RFID for inflight sales, built the blueprint and migrated to new warehouse management system. Patrick set up the blueprint for new Order Management System (OMS) to replace a legacy OMS. In the area of sustainability, Patrick has helped to push through reduction in carbon footprint using greener packaging materials for the parcels. He also added same day, cold chain, and high value delivery channels for KrisShop within a year; ensuring that KrisShop’s customers receive their parcels in the best condition and meets their delivery expectations. Patrick received his Mechanical Engineering Degree from the National University of Singapore.

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 Jeanne Duckett, Senior Manager, Traceability Standards for Avery Dennison. At Avery Dennison, Duckett has held roles in engineering, technical research, and product development. She has been a working member of the GS1 and ISO/IEC community of experts since 2016 and is a long-time advocate of under-represented groups in technical leadership. Duckett holds multiple patents in imaging, RFID handling, and aspects of printer functionality and design. In addition to ISO/IEC, her industry leadership includes lifetime membership in the AIDC 100, chair of AIM North America, chair of AIM NA Food Policy Committee, board member of AIM Global, and co-chair of the GS1 Global Tag Data Standard. Jeanne received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wright State University.

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 recipients are John Martin, Content Marketing Manager and Dean Reverman, Global Marketing Manager for BlueStar. These individuals producer BlueStar’s TEConnect Podcast. This Podcast Series began in early 2020 and quickly established a reputation for covering a broad swath of channel-relevant topics, news, technologies, and trends with guests from BlueStar’s family of vendor, software, and value-added reseller partners. Dean and John engage listeners with a weekly blend of deep-dives, affable conversation, and useful takeaways with recurring segments.

John has more than 15 years’ experience in digital marketing and e-learning. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Cumberlands. Dean has more than 25 years of industry experience in marketing and multimedia spending his last 10 years with BlueStar. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Cincinnati.

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 Dr. Pui Yi Lau (Anna), CTO and CEO of Laxcen Technology Inc/Laxcen Technology Pte Ltd. She is an expert on hybrid EM/RAIN RFID systems and antenna designs and holds a number of international/regional patents. Aside from her role at Laxcen, she is an active volunteer in both academic organizations and industry parties such as IEEE CRFID, AIM and RAIN Alliance and has authored over 30 journal and conference papers in the RFID and antenna field. Dr. Lau earned her PhD degree from City University of Hong Kong.

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 Ben Taylor, CEO at LedgerDomain. At LedgerDomain, Ben leads the development of blockchain solutions to enterprise ecosystems, unlocking a world of communal computing and real-time performance. Ben is an active member of a team of supply chain leaders known as the XATP Working Group (including UCLA Health, Genentech, Sanofi, Amgen, and others) who tested a blockchain-backed framework for ATP authentication and enhanced verification in a real-world pharmacy with genuine drug packages. Ben has been involved in building and investing in technology companies for over twenty years. He has a Master of Science from MIT.

Clive Hohberger Technology Award
Created in 2018 to honor the lifetime contributions 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 recipients are the development team from former Symbol Technologies (now Zebra Technologies); Dr. Theo Pavlidis, Dr. Jerry Swartz, and Dr. Ynjiun Wang. These scientists were instrumental in introducing, in PDF417, the concept of Reed-Solomon Error Correction in the design of high-capacity 2D barcodes Use of Reed-Solomon Error Correction was the great technology breakthrough that has enabled the success of all AIM and ISO 2D symbologies. PDF417 is a stacked linear barcode format used in a variety of applications such as transport, identification cards, and inventory management. "PDF" stands for Portable Data File. It is defined in ISO/IEC 15438:2015 Information tech - AIDC -PDF417 bar code symbology spec.

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. The award distinguishes an individual or an organization that demonstrates an international impact on expanding AIDC technology awareness and implementation.

This year’s recipient is Chris Diorio, CEO, Vice Chair, and Co-Founder at Impinj. Chris is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and a Director of the RAIN RFID Alliance. Passionate about technology, Chris is a leading pioneer of RAIN RFID and the expansion of the Internet of Things. He has more than 175 issued patents, 69 scholarly publications, and has received numerous awards including EY Entrepreneur of The Year Pacific Northwest, EE Times/EDN Innovator of the Year, AIM Global Ted Williams Award, RFID Journal Special Achievement Award, and the IEEE Paul Rappaport Award. He has also received Packard, Sloan, Presidential, and ONR fellowships. Chris earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and has over 30 years’ experience in computer and radio engineering.

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