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Japanese Retailer Aeon Checks Out Checkpoint's RFID-enabled Robot
The company is switching to an RFID-based electronic article surveillance system, and is testing the robot's ability to track inventory to monitor the locations of goods at its flagship store.
Feb 22, 2016—
Japanese general-merchandise chain Aeon Retail is piloting an RFID-enabled robot to track inventory at its flagship store in Chiba, as well as rolling out an RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) system, using technology provided by Checkpoint Systems.
Since December 2015, the robot—a prototype provided by Checkpoint—has been capturing the ID numbers of tagged goods as it moves throughout the store. The robot then matches that information with the retailer's inventory-management software data.
For the new RFID-enabled EAS rollout, the retailer installed Checkpoint's Evolve iRange P10 EAS gate at the exit to its Chiba store. The EAS gate's built-in Wirama 1500 RFID reader, Pyon says, captures the ID numbers of tagged items leaving the store, and also signals an alert.
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