Academia RFID Opens Its Doors in Montreal, Qc

December 06, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
December 6, 2006 – Montreal, Quebec

Academia RFID, Canada’s first RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Technology) Training and Certification Centre opens its doors in Montreal, Qc. Without missing a beat, the educational provider announced that it’s offering courses all across Canada.

Academia has set up a cross-country calendar which includes courses in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saint-John, Halifax and of course at their head-office, which includes a classroom and state-of-the-art RFID lab, in Montreal.

“With the industry running around scrambling for answers and solutions”, the company’s academic founder, Harold Boeck says “companies need a credible authority with a Canadian perspective.” That is why university researchers, all CompTIA RFID+ Certified Professionals, from the University of Montreal’s École Polytechnique, University of Sherbrooke and University of Québec joined together to offer completely bilingual courses in RFID Technology for beginners, executives, analysts, managers, project leaders and engineers.

Ygal Bendavid and Samuel Fosso Wamba round out the educational board as Instructors, researchers and courseware developers. The group offers its consulting services, site surveys, assessments and has developed RFID best-practices through its on-site experience with large corporations such as Hydro-Québec, the Société des Alcools du Québec and Siemens. On November 9th 2006, at the RFID Journal Live! Canada Conference in Toronto, Wal-Mart’s VP of Information Systems, Carolyn Walton, who attended Academia’s forty-five minute presentation on Supply Chain Management, went on to reference comparable results between Academia and Wal-Mart’s own case studies.

One of Canada’s leading RFID software and solutions provider, Ship2save, has already begun offering Academia’s project management (RFID PRO) and fundamentals (RFID101) courses to their clients. “What we’ve decided to do is include the cost of the courses in our solutions package, which allows for the customer’s organization to have their own internal RFID specialist. By empowering our clients with the knowledge they need to move forward on a RFID project, it reduces the long periods of time between idea and application” says Ship2save’s Business Development Director, Sam Falsafi.

“Academia is not just a centre to train and certify professionals” says Anthony Palermo, Academia’s Administrative Director, “it’s an institution that is focused on research and development that provides results for companies all across Canada to better understand the benefits of early-adoption and help measure the potential return on investment of a RFID solution.” Academia is already working with IT associations and trade-show partners to offer on-site certification and is now a CompTIA Learning Alliance Partner. The company’s presence now adds a viable initiative to help boost the development of the Canadian manufacturing market, as well as facilitating the supply chain management of RFID projects to Crown Corporations.

About Academia
Academia RFID is the first bilingual RFID training facility in Canada offering services to public and private organizations interested in discovering and implementing RFID technology and practices. A world-class research, development and consulting center driven by a team comprised of the best minds in RFID. They include PhD researchers and accredited RFID instructors in the fields of industrial engineering, operations management, supply chain, management and marketing. Training and certification courses are offered in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, St-John and Halifax. Academia RFID is a member of the CompTIA Learning Alliance (CLA) and offers the CompTIA Certification Program and Quality Authorized Curriculum (CQAC), as well as being certified by Emploi-Quebec for the purpose of applying the act which favors the advancement of training within the work force. Please visit our website for details and schedules

About CompTIA
For 24 years, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has been dedicated to advancing the growth of the information technology (IT) industry and those working within it. With more than 20,000 members in 102 countries, CompTIA is the leading global IT trade association with influence in all areas of the IT industry.

Anthony Palermo
Director of Administration
Academia RFID
Tel .514.631.8282 ext. 3221 or 1.866.918.8282