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Handheld, Fixed or Robotic Readers?
The retail industry ponders the most efficient way to collect RFID inventory data.
Aug 25, 2015—
In the early days of radio frequency identification, most people believed the technology would be used to take humans out of the loop—that is, fixed readers would capture information on tagged products or assets without any worker involvement. But retailers found that handheld readers offered a relatively easy and inexpensive way to collect inventory data. Now, overhead readers and new robotic systems are offering other ways to collect data. Here are the pros and cons of the three RFID reader options for retailers.
Fixed Overhead and Portal Readers
But, as mentioned above, fixed readers can be expensive to buy and install, because they require cables for Ethernet connections and power. In addition, they need cabling to run to antennas. Fixed readers also can detract from a store's décor, though some overhead readers can be installed in ceilings and vendors have introduced slim-line antennas that are less obtrusive.
Robotic RFID Systems
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