Josef Preishuber-Pflügl

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Josef Preishuber-Pflügl
IEC 1906 Award ceremony November 2011

Josef Preishuber-Pflügl is an Austrian technology leader.

He is an RFID, NFC and IoT expert who served as project editor of various international RFID standards, such as ISO/IEC 18000-4 "2.45 GHz air interface", ISO/IEC 18000-6" General UHF RFID air interface", ISO/IEC 18000-63 "Type C: UHF RFID air interface", ISO/IEC 18000-7 "433 MHz Active RFID air interface", ISO/IEC 29143 "Air interface for Mobile Item Identification Methods", and ISO/IEC 29167-1 "RFID Security".


Josef Preishuber-Pflügl
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Scientific career

Preishuber-Pflügl was a design engineer, project manager and product manager at Philips Semiconductors, where he got involved in RFID for his diploma thesis. His work led him through the development of LF (<135 kHz), HF (13.56 MHz) and UHF (860-960 MHz) RFID products and systems.

Changing to CISC Semiconductor GmbH in 2003, Preishuber-Pflügl set up the company's RFID and NFC activities and expanded the international standardization work on RFID. In 2003 he became convener of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG3/SG1 "RFID performance and conformance test methods", which continued its work as WG4/SG6 since 2008. The group developed the performance and conformance standards ISO/IEC 18046 and ISO/IEC 18047 applicable for ISO/IEC 18000 RFID testing. In 2014 he became convener of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG7 "RFID Security", which develops ISO/IEC 29167. Currently, he is driver in standardization in ISO/IEC, CENELEC, ETSI and GS1 EPCglobal and convener of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG4 "RF Communications" that covers RFID, RTLS, Security and related conformance and performance test methods.

In 2011 he received the IEC 1906 Award[1] by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as Expert of ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology.

In 2012 he became co-author of the RFID Handbook[2][3][4] of Klaus Finkenzeller.

In the intensive discussion of Internet of Things (IoT) and RFID he first used the term "RFID/NFC providing the last meter of the IoT", which derived from the common term "last kilometer" in infrastructure networks. The Anglo-American terms "last mile" was first used in public in his speech on "RFID and NFC: Providing the Last Yards for IoT"[1] on 8 October 2015. As input for the ISO/IEC JTC1 Plenary the respective committee SC31 used then "IoT's First Meter".

In 2019 he received the AIM Ted Williams Award[5].


  1. ^ IEC 1906 Award certificate Archived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ RFID Handbuch "Grundlagen und praktische Anwendungen induktiver Funkanlagen, Transponder und kontaktloser Chipkarten" ISBN 978-3-446-42992-5
  3. ^ RFID Handbuch "Grundlagen und praktische Anwendungen induktiver Funkanlagen, Transponder und kontaktloser Chipkarten" ISBN 978-3-446-43943-6
  4. ^ RFID-Handbuch - Autoren
  5. ^ AIM Awards

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