What are the RFIDba vertical industry consortia?
The idea for the creation of these vertical industry consortia (communities/working groups) came about from feedback from people like you who we met at various vertical industry trade shows and conferences. You asked us to create both on-line and real world, communities/forums whereby members of your specific industry group could meet, network, learn, and share information with other like minded members of your industry group who are in various stages of exploring the use and implementation of AIDC, RFID, RTLS, Sensors, and Wireless technologies in your business.
Over the last eight (8) years, we have been pleased to meet many of you at such events as: NRF, Interphex, Aviation Week, Consumer Electronic Show, Packaging World, National Hardware Show, Concrete World, CTIA, HIMSS, Embedded Systems, Mass Transit, Jewelry Show, Gift Shows, Sensors, Interop, CeBit, World Congress Healthcare, BIO, Cold Supply Chain, IEEE events, etc.
We listened to you and with your guidance and support we have developed a number of these vertical industry specific communities. Your mandate to us was that these communities be open only to eligible, industry professionals from that given industry through on-line, social networking, web sites, such as www.LinkedIn.com . Because of this pre-qualification, these on-line communities are only open for membership to those individuals who are active professionals within the given vertical industry.
These on-line, social networking sites are part of our FIRST phase of development for Vertical Industry Consortia. We have been doing this now for over 24 months and have successfully tested this concept. The RFIDba and its partners now control directly or indirectly many on-line groups for your benefit. Please see and join our groups on www.LinkedIn.com and www.plaxo.com .
As a SECOND phase, many of these on-line, community groups are now been transformed into actual working, real world, membership driven, organizations in their own right. With your co-operation and support we have started taking the larger of these on-line, social networking groups, and are moving them into their next stage of development whereby they are being transformed into fully-fledged, educational, global, trade organizations operating as subsidiary member organizations of the RFIDba with their own management teams, strategic and marketing plans, educational initiatives and Advisory Boards.
Consortia operating guidelines
It is important to note that all RFIDba consortia operate on an international level under the auspices, guidelines, management, and by-laws of the parent organization of the RFIDba.
All Vertical Industry Consortia operate under the fundamental principle of mutual respect for all people of the world no matter what their country of origin, color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, or political views.
Each Consortium operates under the following guidelines:
- Before you can join any of the RFIDba Consortia, you must first become a member of the RFIDba. RFIDba membership is open to all individuals from around the world at a very low cost to encourage as many people to join as possible.
Once you join the RFIDba, you have the privilege to apply and become a dues paying member of as many Consortia as you would like with the understanding that you are doing business in that given Vertical Industry Consortium.
- Membership dues, membership criteria, and rules and regulations – set by the management team of each of the Consortia.
- Vision and Mission Statement – each consortia has its own
- Industry directories – each consortia has its own
- Blogs and Forums – each group has their own discussion groups
- Web site- each consortia has it s own sub web site within the RFIDba portal
- Management team structure – the majority of the management team for each Consortium is comprised of vertical industry end users. We then balance out the management team by also including in one or two system integrators, one or two technology vendors, and one or two academicians from universities active in this given vertical industry.
- Advisory Boards - each consortium has three different advisory boards:
1) Business Advisory Board – end users of the technology
2) Educational Advisory Board – academicians and researchers working with the technology and the end user community
3) Technology Advisory Board – for technology vendors only.
- Newsletters – each consortia has their own newsletter
- Educational programs – each Consortium has the responsibility to develop, produce, and present their own educational materials and classes for use of the members and for delivery at vertical industry Conferences and trade shows, at on-site locations, and at University campuses.