AIM Expands Mission To Include Mobile Computing, RFID Focus

WARRENDALE, Penn. – AIM, the global trade association charged with representing the automatic identification industry, is expanding its charter to emphasize mobile computing and RFID (radio frequency identification), the association announced today. AIM's broadened mission is reflected in the association's proposed name change, which was approved by its board of directors on Monday, Feb. 9, 2004. Upon ratification by members in March, the organization will be known as AIM – The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility.

AIM is recognized worldwide as an authority on automatic identification, data collection and networking in a mobile environment. AIM members are providers and users of technologies, systems and services that capture, manage and integrate accurate data into larger information management systems. As a not-for-profit industry organization, AIM's mission is to stimulate the understanding, adoption and use of technology by providing timely, unbiased and commercial-free news and information.

"Adding 'mobility' to AIM's name is a public reflection of the significant evolution taking place throughout our organization," said AIM President Dan Mullen. "Comprehensive plans for education and advocacy in all of our areas of technology and industry emphasis, including RFID and mobile computing, are essential to the new AIM."

AIM will focus on critical advocacy and education work related to RFID, mobile computing and bar code technology, particularly their use in the areas of healthcare, security and retail. AIM already has announced an aggressive 2004 calendar of seminars and events designed to provide objective and educational information about a wide range of issues and technologies. At the same time, AIM's mission is to support and grow its chapter organizations around the world to provide local resources for solutions providers in every geographical region.

"Today's AIM members are technology users, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers working in broad areas of automatic identification and mobile enterprise solutions," said AIM Chairman Tom Miller. "As reflected in this name change, AIM's broadened focus strengthens its ability to advocate for, and reach wider audiences on behalf of, its members."

For more information about AIM – The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility and its events, contact the AIM office at AIM Inc.,125 Warrendale-Bayne Rd., Ste. 100, Warrendale, PA 15086, telephone +1-724-934-4470 or fax +1-724-934-4495. For direct online access to AIDC information or additional support, access the AIM Web site at www.aimglobal.org.

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