AIM Global (Warrendale, Pa.), the association for Automatic Identification and Mobility, awarded its highest honor, the Richard R. Dilling Award, to Alan L. Haberman, governor-at-large of GS1 US (formerly the Uniform Code Council), in recognition of his major contributions to the development and growth of the Automatic Identification and Mobility industry.
He was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee that visualized and created what became the original U.P.C. system. In his current role as chair of SC31, he manages the development of international bar code and RFID standards.
In the 1970s, Mr. Haberman became active in the Ad Hoc Committee for a Grocery Code. He served as chairman of the Symbol Selection Subcommittee that was instrumental in the creation of U.P.C. code, symbol and system and the foundation of the Uniform Code Council. At the time, the Committee faced what might have seemed to be insurmountable obstacles. According to Haberman, "We were asking things of information technology, of lasers, and of industry cooperation that were unheard of--not even invented, certainly not commercialized."
Haberman has been a member of the Board of Governors of GS1 US since its formation in 1974.
While others might have been content to let the next generation take on the challenges of the development of standards for a new technology, RFID, Haberman seized the opportunity to continue his advocacy and standards work. He acted for the Uniform Code Council in the creation of the MIT Auto-ID Research Center which was inaugurated in November of 1999 and acted as its chairman Pro Tem for the first 17 months of its existence.
Currently, Haberman is chairman of Sub Committee 31 (SC31) on Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques of the Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) on Information Technology. JTC1 is jointly sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International ElectroTechnical Commission (IEC). Haberman's leadership has helped ensure continued progress in the development of both bar code and RFID standards.
In 2000 Haberman received AIM Global’s Percival Award in recognition of his long work as an end user to advance the adoption of Automatic Identification technology. Alan is the only recipient of both AIM Global awards.
The Dilling Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding career-long contributions to the advancement of AIDC technologies in different industries.
Source: AIM Global