[OpenID board] Fwd: Membership

Bill Washburn bill at oidf.org
Tue Feb 12 21:00:48 UTC 2008

Hi everyone,

I thought this reply email from John Williams, head of the AutoID Labs at
MIT would be a good one to share with all of you.

As it happens OIDF received membership applications in the last few
hours/days from NRI, Ltd. in Tokyo (>1,000 employees via Nat Sakimura), from
AARP (American Assoc. of Retired People, the largest known lobby
group/community in Washington, D.C.), from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and a number of other individuals and small organizations.

I believe this suggests strongly that we can develop a very broad community
of OIDF members from perhaps far more diverse realms than we might have


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: John R. Williams <jrw at mit.edu>
Date: Feb 12, 2008 11:53 AM
Subject: Membership
To: bill at oidf.org

 Dear Bill, the AutoID Labs (http://autoid.mit.edu )  work on the "Internet
of Things" and cross enterprise supply chains. As you can imagine there are
serious security, authentication and authorization issues. We believe that
OpenID can play a role in providing a mechanism for enterprises to
participate in extended supply chains. We have our own Open Source
initiative (not fully deployed) at http://pervasiveID.org which will be
focused on identity of physical items in the RFID space.

We have two things which might interest you, namely: 1) Use Cases for Supply
Chains including the US Pharma supply chain, 2) a simulator that can model
supply chains with as many as 1 million Facilities (Warehouses,
Distributors, Retailers etc) and around 1 billion messages per day.  We are
using this simulator to understand security and its impact on the resources
needed to support supply chains.

We are a pure research group and I work presently with Microsoft and SAP. We
would be interested in contributing to your exciting effort.

Best wishes,


John R. Williams

Director MIT Auto-ID Lab

Professor of Information Engineering

Cell 857-998-0033

Office 617-253-7201
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