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RFID Qualification Network

Half of the RFID chips developed worldwide originated in Styria. For this reason, Styria is the world leader in innovation in the promising field of contactless identification and security technology. To benefit from this competitive advantage, TU Graz Life Long Learning 2012 has launched the ‘RFID Qualification Network Austria’ with a host of partners. The project that was tackled was a study conducted by the Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG), which revealed the significant need for training within the sector. The aim of the project was to jointly generate a ‘Market Pull’ and increase the value-added share of the systems and solutions areas of RFID technology.

As part of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency’s (FFG) support program ‘R&D Competences for Industry’, the RFID Qualification Network 1 (from 2012-2014) and the RFID Qualification Network 2 (from 2014-2016) made many successful achievements in cooperation with academic and corporate partners. Around 500 participants in both networks could deepen their knowledge in the field of RFID technology and use the qualification network for extensive professional communication.

Content

The customised course programme offered by the RFID Qualification Networks has been designed to the needs of the corporate partners. In addition to technologically-relevant topics, the programme covers

  • applications, particularly in the areas of payment, Industry 4.0, logistics and people with disabilities,
  • networking and cooperation and
  • new innovative formats such as ‘Expert Exchange Circles’ and ‘Experimenting’ as well as ‘The Learning Factory’ or ‘Factory in the Classroom’.

Success of the Qualification Networks

  • expertise of more than 500 participants from respective companies strengthened
  • knowledge gained in over 800 teaching units per network (there are over 1,600 teaching units in total)
  • extensive communication among members of the field
  • product ideas, product enhancements and new projects for the companies involved
  • more rapid market access, increased competitiveness and R & D effectiveness for the companies involved
  • follow-up research projects on RFID

The structure of the qualification network allows it to be used as an excellent tool to form educational partnerships between universities and businesses. The projects provide examples of the positive impact of regional knowledge transfer for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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Quick Facts

RFID Qualification Network 2:

  • Period: 2014 to 2016
  • Participants: 307
  • Courses: 57

RFID Qualification Network 1:

  • Period: 2012 to 2014
  • Participants: 217
  • Courses: 48

Target groups: Staff members from companies involved

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Bernhard Peischl, Lecturer for the RFID Qualification Networks, Institute of Software Technology at TU Graz

Dynamically networked software services play a central role in RFID / IoT applications. The variety of networking possibilities allows many new applications to be introduced into virtually all areas of life, but also increases the complexity of the software and systems. Modern techniques to control and reduce complexity in software development, therefore, are the subject of my teaching. The subjects of the intensive dialogues held with participants and teachers are carried over into innovation and research projects at the Institute for Software Technology.

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Michael Jerne, NXP, project partner und member of the steering committee of the RFID Qualification Networks

The RFID Qualification Network is an excellent promotional tool that makes a significant contribution to the continuing education of our employees. In NXP branch in Gratkorn with over 500 employees is the competence centre worldwide for secure contactless communication systems (RFID, NFC). TU Graz has acted as a technically competent, highly dedicated coordinator that has contributed significantly to the success of this initiative.

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