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October 09, 2007 15:12 ET

NAIT Ahead of the Class With RFID Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) announces strategic partnership with Academia RFID to offer Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) training in Alberta

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Canada's leading technical training and applied education center which offers over 250 programs and more than 1,000 continuing education courses, has announced its partnership with Montreal's Academia RFID to offer Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) training.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that uses smart labels and intelligent transponders to uniquely identify containers, pallets, cases and individual items throughout the supply chain or internally to control inventory and asset management. The technology's momentum has increased since the U.S. Department of Defense and Wal-Mart mandated a number of their suppliers to adopt RFID a few years back.

Businesses around the globe are redefining the processes of lean and efficient supply chain management by using this new technology to automate their inventory, communicate real-time needs to their suppliers and capitalize on the advantages of immediate visibility to facilitate business decision making. While Canadian companies have begun investigating the impact on their business and the ROI of RFID technology by using it in closed loop processes, market studies have shown the lack of RFID education as the primary delay for widespread industry adoption in North America.

As part of the Fall 2007 schedule, participants will be given the opportunity to register for The Fundamentals of RFID technology as well as a RFID Return on Investment (ROI) course which provides a comprehensive learning experience delivered by Academia RFID's PhD-level university professors on-site at NAIT's downtown Edmonton campus.

NAIT's Associate Vice-President - Office of Research and Innovation, Dr. Ben Silverberg adds, "Academia RFID, Canada's leading academic authority in RFID Technology, presented us with highly developed RFID courseware which matched our vision for innovation and applied solutions for businesses and industry professionals. Our strategy is to promote a strong base of knowledge with these two courses and then move beyond to very specific industry applications offered as customized training."

"With over 17,500 full-time and apprenticeship students, and more than 50,000 continuing education registrants, as well as Alberta's rapidly growing economy, NAIT was the perfect institution to align ourselves with to meet the needs of business and technical professionals seeking RFID education and certification," says Anthony Palermo, Director of Academia RFID.

The courses are available by registering directly on-line at:

http://www.nait.ca/course_RFID101.asp

http://www.nait.ca/course_RFID120.asp

About Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

NAIT is one of the largest institutes of technology in Canada, providing education in business, advanced technologies, and skilled trades to more than 86,500 students annually at eight campuses in Alberta. Overall, the Institute offers some 250 programs and over 1,000 continuing education courses. Each year, about 4,000 graduates receive applied degrees, diplomas, and certificates and more than 2,000 apprentices complete their technical training component for journeyman certification. NAIT is also home to Canada's first commercial fuel cell, has the largest diploma-granting business school in western Canada, offers Alberta's only Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management and has one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world - the NAIT HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology.

About Academia RFID

Academia RFID is a world-class training, research & development and consulting center driven by a team of PhD researchers and accredited RFID instructors in the fields of industrial engineering, operations management, supply chain management, transport & logistics and e-commerce marketing. Creators of RFIDRadio.com (a bi-monthly educational podcast), Academia RFID offers RFID training and certification courses on-site anywhere in the world or at Academia RFID testing centers. Please visit the website for details and schedules www.AcademiaRFID.ca.

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