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Checkpoint Partners With Mojix to Offer Passive RTLS in Stores
The system, using Checkpoint software and Mojix's OmniSense UHF reader and antenna array, is being tested by a high-value apparel retailer to make inventory tracking for replenishment and business analytics "hands-free."
Apr 16, 2014—
In response to retailer customers seeking real-time RFID solutions to free employees from having to conduct audits via handheld readers, Checkpoint Systems is partnering with passive real-time location system (RTLS) technology provider Mojix to offer a "hands-free" RFID system using Checkpoint's software and Mojix's OmniSense RFID reader hardware. The two companies announced their global partnership at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 conference and exhibition, held last week in Orlando, Fla.
For much of its history, Checkpoint Systems focused on providing electronic article surveillance (EAS) stickers and hard tags that retailers attach to merchandise, as well as the antennas that detect those stickers and tags. In recent years, however, demand has been growing not only for Checkpoint's EAS products and services, but also for RFID technology, says Alan Sherman, Checkpoint's senior director of global marketing for merchandise visibility and RFID. "We're seeing a marked increase in activity level across number of requests for proposal, customers, project size, number of tagged items, deployment sophistication and business value," he states, "as the apparel retail industry increasingly adopts RFID solutions."
For that reason, Checkpoint is partnering with Mojix to offer a hands-free alternative to RFID tracking for the retail sector. For Mojix, this is an early foray into a new market. The company has offered its STAR 3000 system for passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tracking in real time, predominantly for manufacturing and distribution purposes (see Mojix Announces the Availability of Its Next-Generation RFID System). The system consists of Mojix STAR receivers, eNodes and reader antennas, and exciters that enable users to view the locations of items tagged with passive EPC Gen 2 RFID labels, in real time, within about 1 meter (3.3 feet), 24 hours a day.
Now, says Mike Kastner, Mojix's senior VP of global sales, the firm has introduced its OmniSense solution, which includes a version of the STAR 3000 system that uses algorithms modified to enable the tracking of goods in the retail market. For that sector, he says, Mojix's solution also provides a software platform enabling users to switch between new modes specifically designed to support various retail use cases.
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