Josef Preishuber-Pflügl is currently EVP, CTO and Business Manager RFID+NFC at CISC Semiconductor GmbH in Klagenfurt (Austria), where started in July 2003. Furthermore, he is EVP from the daughter CISC Semiconductor Corp.
Starting on 125 kHz reader concepts Josef Preishuber-Pflügl got involved in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) already in 1995 in his master thesis when finishing the Graz University of Technology in Austria with the degree of a Diplomingineur (Master of Science) in Telematik (Telecommunications and Informatics). He worked in several areas of RFID engineering and product management for system design, reader and tag development covering all frequencies of passive RFID (125 kHz, 13.56 MHz, UHF and 2.45 GHz) at Philips Semiconductors Gratkorn (now NXP Semiconductors), Austria. In particular this was the development of a fully integrated 125 kHz reader ASIC based on his demodulator patent. Later on followed by developments of 13.56 MHz reader ASICs, 13.56 MHz tag ASICs, as well as UHF tag ASICs.
Since 2000 Josef Preishuber-Pflügl is involved in standardization of RFID for item management in ISO/IEC JTC1/SC31 as major contributor to the ISO 18000 series, where he is currently project editor of ISO/IEC 18000-4 "Air interface 2.45 GHz", ISO/IEC 18000-6, ISO/IEC 18000-63 "Air interface 860-960 MHz" and ISO/IEC 18000-7 "Air interface 433 MHz". For ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 he did work on the amendment for Type C, which is the EPCglobal Class 1 Generation 2 integration into this ISO standard. Furthermore, at the same time he became participant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Automatic Identification and Data Capture Center (MIT AIDC Center) and later the MIT AIDC Labs and GS1 EPCglobal.
Currently, he is active participant in several standardization groups in the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC31 area, convener of the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG7 for RFID security, which is responsible for ISO/IEC 29167, convener of the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC31 WG4/SG6 (previous WG3/SG1) for RFID performance and conformance, which is responsible for ISO/IEC 18046 and ISO/IEC 18047, and convener of the Austrian standardization groups responsible for information technologyies and RFID. Additionally, he is also project editor of ISO/IEC 29143 "Mobile RFID" and ISO/IEC 29167 "RFID Security". In 2011 he received the IEC 1906 Award for his efforts in respect to the RFID standards in ISO/IEC JTC1.
Since 2004 he is deeply involved in the GS1 EPCglobal work and is currently covering the co-chair position of the SB JRG (Sensor and Battery Joint Requirements Group) and RAC (Regulatory Action Committee). Furthermore, he is HG (Hardware Group) representative to the GS1 AG (Architecture Group).
Effective from May 16, 2008 Josef Preishuber-Pflügl is also Vice Chairman of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) ERM TG34 RFID (Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters - Radio Frequency IDentification devices). Within ETSI he is/has been member on the STF GRIFS, STF CASARAS, STF M436 RFID Privacy and Security. Since February 2012 he is leading the STF DAA, which works on the new European UHF RFID regulations in the 915-921 MHz band.
He is regular guest lecturer at the following Austrian Universities:
As active IEEE member Josef Preishuber-Pflügl has been member of the Technical Committee and TPC Co-Chair of IEEE RFID 2014 following 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and continous to be reviewer since then.
Starting with the 6. German Edition Josef Preishuber-Pflügl became co-author of the RFID Handbuch (RFID Handbook) from Klaus Finkenzeller.
As one of the founders of the RFID Professional Institute he has been board member since the begin in 2012, partly also serving as vice-chairman and having the main responsibly in developing the question pool for the RFID certification exams.
In May 2018 he has been elected as council member and director of the LPRA (Low Power Radio Association).
In April 2019 (AIM Inc., AIM-D) he received the AIM Ted Williams Award, named in honor of Ted Williams, an industry innovator, collaborator and long-time member of the AIM Technical Symbology Committee, the award was introduced in 2007 and is presented annually in recognition of innovative and exceptional contributions that further the growth of the industry through work as a teacher, researcher or entrepreneur.