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RFID Journal Awards 2015

Showcasing the best RFID deployments, products and research

Meet the Judges

Each year, RFID Journal chooses judges with no financial interests in selecting one entry over another, and who will recuse themselves if they have a relationship with any specific end-user or technology companies involved with the award. At least five judges will evaluate entries in each category. Here are the judges for the 2014 awards. We will update this page as we finalize the judges for 2015. If you would like to apply to be a judge, send email to editor@rfidjournal.com.


Best RFID Implementation

Bill Hardgrave
Dean, Auburn University College of Business

Bill HardgraveBill Hardgrave is the founder and director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, a facility created in June 2005 to perform research in three primary areas: technology deployment, data analytics and business cases for deploying RFID. Hardgrave has worked extensively on a variety of RFID projects with companies from the retail, manufacturing, transportation and information industries. He has also served as executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute at the university's Sam M. Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, where the new facility is located. Hardgrave's current RFID research focus includes the technology's influence on out-of-stocks and RFID-enabled efficiency gains for supply-chain processes; data analytics (filtering based on business rules); and technology deployment, including read rates and testing.

Justin Patton
Director, RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas

Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and is currently concluding his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center and now supervises day-to-day operations of the center, which is the only academic EPCglobal accredited RFID lab in the world. The RFID Research Center has conducted studies on the business benefits of RFID at Wal-Mart Stores and has worked with numerous companies on testing and evaluating the potential business benefits of RFID technology.

Mark Roberti
Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of intelligent news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and many other publications. Prior to launching RFID Journal, Roberti was a senior writer at the Industry Standard. He has also served as the managing editor of InformationWeek. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and its executive conference, RFID Journal LIVE!, has become one of the most important gatherings of RFID vendors and end users.

Sanja Sarma
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Former Chairman of Research and Co-Founder of The Auto-ID Center

Sanjay Sarma is credited with defining and developing many of the standards and technologies that form the foundation of the commercial RFID industry. He is a frequent industry speaker and serves on the Board of Governors of EPCGlobal, the worldwide standards body he helped create. Sanjay is also an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. In 1999, he co-founded MIT's Auto-ID Center and has served as its Chairman of Research. Professor Sarma is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Ferry Award, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, and the New England Business and Technology Award.

Most Innovative Use of RFID

J.T. (Tom) Cain
Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Professor J.T. Cain received the B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, 1966, and 1970. He is currently a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests are in the system-on-a-chip, with emphasis on embedded and RFID Systems.  In addition to his research, he has been an active contributor to and office holder in a variety of professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.

Jean-Pierre Emond
Professor, Packaging Science, University of Florida

Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D, is also co-director of the UF/IFAS Center for Food Distribution and Retailing and Director of the RFID laboratory. He is a founding member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA) and member of the editing board of the International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications. His main research sectors are dealing with RFID applications in packaging, handling and transportation of perishable and pharmaceutical products. He is currently leading 18 research and pilot projects related to RFID applications in the food, pharmaceutical and transportation industries.

Tali Freed
Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University; Founding Director, PolyGAIT-RFID Research and Development Laboratory

Tali Freed received her Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Her B.Sc. and M.Sc. are in Industrial Engineering and Management, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Freed’s primary areas of research are radio frequency identification, production planning and scheduling, and design of processes and information systems. Dr. Freed is the founding director of the Cal Poly multidisciplinary RFID Research and Development Laboratory. The lab is in the process of becoming Poly GAIT – The Cal Poly Center for Global Automated Identification Technologies. Dr. Freed, faculty colleagues and students have performed numerous development and implementation RFID projects for industrial partners. PolyGAIT's hands-on, project-based training has provided hundreds of well-trained engineers to the growing RFID industry.

Marlin H. Mickle
Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Executive Director, RFID Center of Excellence

Professor Mickle is the 1988 Recipient of the Systems Research and Cybernetics Award of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics and Life Fellow of the IEEE. In 2005, he won the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Corporate Innovation and the Pitt Innovation Award. His research, development and educational activities have been supported by more than 115 grants and/or contracts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation, United States Army, NASA, Department of Commerce, Electric Power Research Institute, Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, DARPA and other prestigious companies.

Antonio Rizzi
Director, RFID Lab, University of Parma

Since 2005, Antonio Rizzi has been employed as full professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Parma. His scientific interests are mainly related to logistics and supply chain management. In the last years, his research has focused on the application of advanced automatic identification and data sharing technologies for supply chain management, such as RFID. He has worked with major food companies in Europe testing RFID temperature sensors and with major Italian fashion houses to explore RFID's potential to reduce counterfeiting.

Best Use of RFID in a Product or Service

Robb Clarke
Associate Professor of Packaging at Michigan State University

Robb Clarke's teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses on packaging operations and quality issues, material handling and distribution packaging, and RFID for Packaging. Clarke has a B.S. degree in packaging, an M.B.A. in marketing, a Ph.D. in engineering management, and a Willett Visiting Scholar research position in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, England. Prior to teaching, Dr. Clarke had a 17-year industrial career.  At Michigan State, his primary research is in automatic identification (particularly radio frequency identification) for manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution and handling. He is also Director of the independent, dedicated Auto ID Research and Testing Center at Michigan State University.

Dimitris Kiritsis
Computer-Aided Design & Production Lab, EPFL

Dr. Dimitris Kiritsis earned an undergraduate diploma in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1987 in mechanical engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Since 1989, he has been with the computer-aided design and production laboratory (LICP) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He is active in teaching and research in the domain of modeling methods and techniques for integrated product/process/resource planning, product life cycle information modeling and transformation to knowledge. His principal research has been in methods for integrated and dynamic manufacture, assembly and disassembly process planning, modeling and simulation using Petri nets, as well as product life cycle information modeling and management. Dr. Kiritsis is the initiator and scientific coordinator of PROMISE and is implementing other international research projects in the domains of integrated product design, computer-aided process-planning modeling and closed-loop product lifecycle modeling.

Dr. Alexander Ilic
Director of the Auto-ID Labs ETH Zürich / University of St. Gallen and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) of University of St. Gallen

Dr. Ilic's research is focused on the next generation Internet of Things for global commerce involving mobile technology, consumer empowerment, and new business models for manufacturers and retailers. He is active on promoting the synergies between academia and start-ups to encourage entrepreneurship and make impact. For his entrepreneurial activities, he won several prizes including the Swiss Innovation Prize (2010), Swiss Economic Award (2011) and the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award of Ernst & Young (2012). In addition to his research position, he currently serves as Chairman and CTO of the start-up Dacuda AG (disruptive, real-time scanning technology). In addition, he is active on several boards including the Swiss Start-up Monitor and ETH Entrepreneur Club.

Andrea Linne
Executive Editor/Magazine, RFID Journal

Mark RobertiAndrea Linne joined RFID Journal in 2004. As features editor, she is responsible for assigning and editing all articles for RFID Journal magazine and for features on the RFID Journal Web site. She also edits numerous columns and special reports written and produced by RFID Journal's editorial team. Previously, she was special projects editor at Information Week and features editor at HomePC and Family PC magazines.

Paul Prince
Executive Editor, RFID Journal

Paul PrincePaul Prince has been executive editor of RFID Journal for more than six years, and is responsible for managing RFID Journal's news coverage on the Web. Since 2008, he has served as a judge for RFID Journal s Best In Show Award. Prior to joining RFID Journal, Paul was an editor at Tele.com, a Web site and print magazine covering the telecommunications industry. He has also worked for a number of national consumer magazines, including SmartMoney and Skiing Magazine, where he served on the judging committee for the Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence, established by Times Mirror Magazines in 1993 to recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas.

Best NFC Deployment

Harold Boeck
Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the "International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications," a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Mauro Mezzenzana
Project Portfolio Manager and Senior Researcher
Lab#ID & SmartUp / LIUC - Università Cattaneo

Mauro Mezzenzana graduated magna cum laude in Business Engineering at LIUC – Università Cattaneo, then obtained a Corporate Executive Master in Business Administration in 2011. From 2006 to 2007 he contributed to the birth of Lab#ID, the accredited competence centre of RFId at LIUC – Università Cattaneo. From 2007 to 2012, Mezzenzana worked in the Defense and Aerospace sector where he led international projects focused on change management, business integration and business process re-engineering. From 2010 to 2012, as central planning manager, he led the production monitoring team focusing on the improvement of processes and ICT tools for the assessment of industrial plants. He is now a senior researcher and project portfolio manager at Lab#ID and SmartUp technology transfer centers, where he leads projects focused on the application of IoT, mobile technologies, RFID, data collection and processing systems.

Paul Prince
Executive Editor, RFID Journal

Paul PrincePaul Prince has been executive editor of RFID Journal for more than six years, and is responsible for managing RFID Journal's news coverage on the Web. Since 2008, he has served as a judge for RFID Journal s Best In Show Award. Prior to joining RFID Journal, Paul was an editor at Tele.com, a Web site and print magazine covering the telecommunications industry. He has also worked for a number of national consumer magazines, including SmartMoney and Skiing Magazine, where he served on the judging committee for the Golden Eagle Awards for Environmental Excellence, established by Times Mirror Magazines in 1993 to recognize the environmental achievements of ski areas.

Nicola Restifo
Project manager and researcher, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Nicola Restifo has been involved in concept development, analysis, implementation of information technology projects for public administrations, with a focus on process reengineering and information systems in the healthcare sector. He has been supporting the management of large state-funded projects, and coordinating small IT development projects. He has also been involved in process reengineering and the design of workflow management systems based on mobile devices and RFID traceability platforms. These projects have involved hospitals and research institutions primarily in the region of Lombardy, Italy, and have dealt with transfusion medicine, biobanking, radiotherapy and drug administration.

Neeraj Sood
Researcher, University of Toronto

Neeraj Sood is a graduate student in the electromagnetics group at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on developing tools to understand the propagation of ultra-wideband signals in complex environments. He has worked on technology development projects and has advised several organizations on RFID projects. He has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Best New Product

Kevin Berisso
Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

Kevin Berisso holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. Having worked as a custom warehouse management software project engineer and then as a manufacturing engineer with Delphi Automotive, he has a wealth of practical industrial experience. He was formerly the director of the AIDC lab (founded in 1988) at the University of Ohio, where he focused on helping companies to apply existing “off the shelf” RFID technologies to specific business problems. He has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on RFID, as well as other automatic identification and data capture topics. In the classroom, he teaches an AIDC class, an RFID class, programming classes and robotics.

Massimo Bertolini
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma

Massimo BertoliniMassimo Bertolini received his Ph.D. in Production Systems and Industrial Plants at the Department of Industrial Engineering - University of Parma in 2004. For his thesis, he developed an integrated methodology for doing quality/safety analysis within food production processes. He is a member of the Teachers Board for the Ph.D. course in Industrial Engineering at the University of Parma, and secretary of the course of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Parma. Since August 2007, he has been a member of the Global RF Lab Alliance (GRFLA).

Erick C Jones
Executive Director of RFID and Supply Chain Lab

Dr. Erick C. Jones is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and director of the University of Nebraska’s RFID Supply Chain Lab.  He received Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston.  He has held various positions in industries as engineering specialist, engineering director and project manager. Dr. Jones expertise has led to become and expert in the field of supply chain optimization, distribution logistics and inventory control. His unique background led him to one of the first and largest academic RFID labs in the country. He has published one textbook on RFID and has edited two industry texts on the subject, and is currently working on a military handbook for RFID and other Automatic Information technologies which include GPS and satellite tags.  Also, his lab joined the industry academic consortium focused on Logistics sponsored by the National Science Foundation for several years. Currently, he has focused on RFID research for US Department of Transportation, Department of Defense Transportation Command, and with NASA JSC.

Peter J. Hawrylak
Assistant professor, Electrical Engineering Department, The University of Tulsa

Peter J. Hawrylak, Ph.D., is a leading researcher in embedded systems, radio frequency identification (RFID), sensor networks, real-time location systems (RTLS) and security. Dr. Hawrylak is has published several academic papers and authored several book chapters in these areas. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States (USTAG) for the International Standards Organization (ISO), which oversees standardization of RFID and RTLS devices. Dr. Hawrylak has led the development of test methodologies to determine conformance and interoperability for ISO 18000-7 (active) RFID systems. He was a principle member of the team at the University of Pittsburgh RFID Center of Excellence investigating the interactions between RFID devices and implantable medical devices such as pacemakers and ICDs.

Justin Patton
Director, RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas
Justin Patton received his undergraduate degree in physics from Hendrix College and is currently concluding his graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He oversaw the set up of the RFID Research Center and now supervises day-to-day operations of the center, which is the only academic EPCglobal accredited RFID lab in the world. The RFID Research Center has conducted studies on the business benefits of RFID at Wal-Mart Stores and has worked with numerous companies on testing and evaluating the potential business benefits of RFID technology.

RFID Green Award

Harold Boeck
Professor of Marketing, ESG UQAM School of Management

Harold Boeck is a professor at the business faculty of the Université du Québec á Montréal where he focuses on Innovation Management and Marketing Technology. His current research interests focus on the use and impact of RFID within open-loop Supply Chain environments: the factors leading to its adoption, its influence on buyer-seller relationships and how it can lead to a competitive advantage. He is also a member of the editorial board of the "International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications," a research journal focused on the business applications of RF technologies. Harold is a CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professional and a founder of Academia RFID, the first bilingual RFID training and certification center in Canada.

Sue Hutchinson
Director of Industry Adoption, EPCglobal US

Mark RobertiSue Hutchinson joined GS1US in April 2003 and was instrumental in the formation of EPCglobal and the development of the UHF Gen2 air interface protocol. She brought with her more than 20 years of experience in high technology product management and technology transfer. Her specialties include product and portfolio planning, strategic market development, customer relationship management and predictive analytics. As director of industry adoption for EPCglobal US, Ms. Hutchinson is responsible for delivering tools and services for the many companies joining the EPCglobal community. Ms. Hutchinson has written and spoken extensively on the topics of RFID and visibility in the supply chain.

Paolo Locatelli
Project manager and researcher, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Locatelli manages several information technology research projects for healthcare organizations. Since 2005, he has served as a contract professor of Information Systems and Process Reengineering at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He is also a member of the IT faculty for Executive Courses at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. For the past several years, he has worked on process reengineering and the design of workflow management systems based on mobile devices and RFID traceability platforms. He has also been involved in defining regional guidelines for Hospital Information Systems and Electronic Medical Records on behalf

Neeraj Sood
Researcher, University of Toronto

Neeraj Sood is a graduate student in the electromagnetics group at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on developing tools to understand the propagation of ultra-wideband signals in complex environments. He has worked on technology development projects and has advised several organizations on RFID projects. He has a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Pankaj Sood
Ryerson University
Pankaj works for Ryerson University where he is assisting the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science with designing and developing programs and infrastructure required to support Entrepreneurship and Innovation management activities. He has more than 10 years of experience in technology development, innovation management and strategic planning across multiple industries. Prior to joining Ryerson University, he had co-founded the McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL) and positioned it as a key source of knowledge and support organization for RFID Applications. He was also involved in restructuring MRAL and transferring of key activities to Ryerson. Prior to MRAL, he worked for Deloitte, RIM and IBM Canada Ltd. Pankaj is a Fellow with the Society of Kauffman Fellows and an Action Canada Fellow. He is currently reading for his PhD at University of Cambridge and holds an M.Eng. (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) and a B.Eng. (Computer Engineering) from McMaster U.

Farhan Manzoor
Systems Engineer
Centre for Secure Information Technologies
Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Farhan Manzoor currently works as an RFID Systems Engineer at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Dr. Manzoor obtained his Ph.D. degree from NUI, University College Cork in Ireland and Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK. He is also a certified CompTIA RFID+ Professional. Dr. Manzoor has been affiliated with both, academic and industrial/commercial projects associated with RFID technology and has supervised a number of graduate and postgraduate projects and theses as Lecturer. His research interests are in applications of RFID especially, RFID-based indoor localisation, multi-data fusion for multi-modal systems, RFID-based security and surveillance, and RFID use towards a global supply chain. Dr. Manzoor is also an author of a number of peer-reviewed conference and journal publications including the best student paper award winner at the IEEE International Conference on RFID-TA, 2010 during his Ph.D. studies.

Best Internet of Things Deployment

Gisele Bennett
Director, Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory – Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dr. Gisele Bennett is the director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, founder of the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech for her work in coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems. She also holds a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. She is a topical editor for Applied Optics and associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, holds a patent on Integrated Sensor Radio Frequency Identification (ISRFID) with Location. Her interest in RFID is in active tagging with integrated sensors and container security and monitoring systems.

Erick C Jones
Executive Director of RFID and Supply Chain Lab

Dr. Erick C. Jones is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska and director of the University of Nebraska’s RFID Supply Chain Lab.  He received Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston.  He has held various positions in industries as engineering specialist, engineering director and project manager. Dr. Jones expertise has led to become and expert in the field of supply chain optimization, distribution logistics and inventory control. His unique background led him to one of the first and largest academic RFID labs in the country. He has published one textbook on RFID and has edited two industry texts on the subject, and is currently working on a military handbook for RFID and other Automatic Information technologies which include GPS and satellite tags.  Also, his lab joined the industry academic consortium focused on Logistics sponsored by the National Science Foundation for several years. Currently, he has focused on RFID research for US Department of Transportation, Department of Defense Transportation Command, and with NASA JSC.

Stephen Miles
Research Affiliate, Auto-ID Labs at MIT

Stephen Miles leads the Auto-ID Network Research Special Interest Group, a research consortium at Auto-ID Labs formed to address industry requirements for exchanging Electronic Product Code and sensor data among participants in collaborative supply chains. He interacts extensively with the industry, including consulting in areas related to research in shared business processes, services-oriented architecture and netcentric operations. He is a frequent contributor to RFID Journal and speaks regularly at RFID and technical events.

Michael N. Ochi
Consultant

Michael Ochi earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His master’s thesis, under the direction of Dr. Tali Freed, was focused on RFID and 3D Printing. Michael also worked with Dr. Freed on several projects involving RFID and Operations Research. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies he served as president, project manager, and student adviser for Cal Poly’s RFID research laboratory, PolyGAIT. Currently, Michael is a developer and consultant for the global On-Premise and Cloud ERP solutions company QAD Inc.

Mark Roberti
Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Mark Roberti Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal, the leading source of intelligent news and analysis about RFID and its many business applications. He has reported on business and technology since 1985. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Fortune, The Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and many other publications. Prior to launching RFID Journal, Roberti was a senior writer at the Industry Standard. He has also served as the managing editor of InformationWeek. More than 250,000 people around the world visit the RFID Journal Web site each month, and its executive conference, RFID Journal LIVE!, has become one of the most important gatherings of RFID vendors and end users.

Pankaj Sood
Ryerson University
Pankaj works for Ryerson University where he is assisting the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science with designing and developing programs and infrastructure required to support Entrepreneurship and Innovation management activities. He has more than 10 years of experience in technology development, innovation management and strategic planning across multiple industries. Prior to joining Ryerson University, he had co-founded the McMaster RFID Applications Lab (MRAL) and positioned it as a key source of knowledge and support organization for RFID Applications. He was also involved in restructuring MRAL and transferring of key activities to Ryerson. Prior to MRAL, he worked for Deloitte, RIM and IBM Canada Ltd. Pankaj is a Fellow with the Society of Kauffman Fellows and an Action Canada Fellow. He is currently reading for his PhD at University of Cambridge and holds an M.Eng. (Entrepreneurship & Innovation) and a B.Eng. (Computer Engineering) from McMaster U.

Special Achievement

In addition to the above awards, RFID Journal give one individual its special achievement award for outstanding competition to the RFID industry. That person will be selected by the editor's of RFID Journal.

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Harold Boeck
Harold Boeck
Stephen Miles
Pankaj Sood
J.T. (Tom) Cain
Gisele Bennett
Mark Roberti
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