HUSSEY, Robert
9680 Old Bailes Rd
Fort Mill, SC 29707
Phone: 803-835-8192
Rob Hussey, Director of Imaging Technology at Hand Held Products. is an accomplished industry executive and, as an expert on bar code symbologies, industry application standards and imaging reader technology, a driving force the adoption of two-dimensional (2D) symbologies and adherence to industry standards. Since joining the industry and Hand Held Products in May of 1991 Rob has held a number of Technical Contributor, Engineering, Program & Product Management and Image Technology positions prior to his most recent promotion Director of Image Technology. Rob has received 35 U.S. patents, many for pioneering work in the development of imaging technology and 2D bar codes. His first major project was the development of a PDF417 reader, the industrys second such device. His work in the area of fast Reed-Solomon decoding led to the industrys lowest-cost 2D reader. As an active participant on the ANSI MH10 SC 8, CEA R9 (formerly EIA) and HIBCC Auto-ID Technical Committee (AITC) committees as well as a member of ADC1 TAG, Rob has helped define the industrys first 2D bar code standards, the basis for application standards in a variety of industries: material handling, electronics, automotive, telecommunications, and the Department of Defense. More recently he has been working to bring 2D bar code technology to the healthcare market. Rob is a leader in the industry move toward 2D bar code technology and standards. In his outward-facing role at Hand Held Products, he has been instrumental in convincing the healthcare industry that 2D bar codes can play a key role in patient identification and other error reduction initiatives. In his inward-facing role, he has led the development of image readers that can read every type of bar code with ease. Rob has many successful implementations under his belt. For example, he single-handedly altered Mount Desert Island (MDI) Hospitals data collection approach in 2004, when the hospital decided to invest in a new healthcare information system, including capability to implement a bar code-based patient safety system. Working in conjunction with MDI Hospitals IT department, Rob designed a transparent solution to retrofit their system with Aztec Code wristbands and 2D readers. This new 2D system was intended to overcome the limitations of the original linear bar code and laser scanner approach to patient ID. Rob has been responsible for many advancements in imaging technology since its inception. As the leader of Hand Held Products imaging team he is helping to advance the state of the art of this AIDC technology and its standardization, making him a deserving candidate for AIDC 100 membership. Rob received his BSEE from Clarkson University and a MSEE degree University of Virginia. Rob is the 2007 recipient of AIM Globals Richard R. Dilling Award.