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NextGen RFID-Sensing Inclusion of Telematics

By Benjamin Friedman

The Auto ID and Sensing Expo, held at MIT and produced by the Cambridge Enterprise Forum, offered a preview of what's ahead for auto-ID and related sensor-based technologies. In years past, this event was focused on UHF-RFID.  This year's event was expanded to include technologies ranging from automotive telematics to specialized RFID-data-acquisition systems designed for vertical industries.  It reasons that the driving force behind RFID-related technologies has moved from  third-party comme


A Past in the Rear View, A Future in the Data View

By Benjamin Friedman

I recently attended an informative event produced by Columbia University.  The event "Changing Gears: Shifting the Global Auto Industry from 'Push' to 'Pull'" offered an array of speakers, ranging from UAW leadership, OEM management, Tier 1 supplier to dealership owner.  This breadth of perspectives demonstrated a telling commitment by stakeholders from across the U.S. automotive industry to make fundamental changes.  Animated panel discussions addressed themes around collective bargaini

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TARP for Suppliers?

By Simon Ellis

  Conference season is upon us, and no topic seems to be more regularly discussed than supplier risk.  In fact, at two recent conferences, almost the exact same question was posed during a keynote presentation:  'have you had to buy a supplier this year?'.  While only a few hands were raised in acknowledgement, the number of nods and/or knowing smiles suggested that many companies have either come close or spent time this year worrying about the viability of important components of their

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In the early 1980's, there was a lot of discussion about Japan's rising economic power and how western countries could better compete.  One of the primary areas of discussion was the fact that Japan had a well considered and long range industrial policy.  The call for other nations, particularly in the United States, to create an industrial policy was loud and clear.  The premise was that industrial policy would have a positive effect on economic performance through more thoughtful and effici

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"Regulatory return" – that's the phrase Chemical Week's editor used to describe the EPA and the legislative branch's movement forward on regulations.  With signs the recession is easing and growing pressure to respond to climate change, we agree that regulations are going to be high on everyone's agenda.  

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