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U.S. Retailer Tries Keonn's AdvanRobot Tag-Reading Robot
The latest version of the AdvanRobot is designed to be operated with a cell phone, and can be folded up for storage or movement to another location.
May 03, 2016—
Keonn Technologies has announced a new version of its RFID tag-reading robot, known as AdvanRobot, that its systems-integration partner plans to pilot with a large U.S. retailer later this spring. The newest version, made commercially available in January 2016, uses its built-in ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader and antennas, a laser sensor, a 3D camera and an onboard navigation system to report tag reads throughout a store. The system can also indicate where each tag was located when it was read, based on that tag's signal strength, and the robot's own understanding of its location on a map stored in the memory of its navigation system, as determined by sensor data collected from the laser and 3D camera.
The retailer, which has asked to remain unnamed, initially conducted limited tests on the robot for three months last summer. Now, says Ramir De Porrata-Doria, Keonn's co-founder and CEO, the company is launching a more extensive test of the latest version of the robot this year.
Keonn, according to De Porrata-Doria, has been building improvements onto the robot that will make it easy for any sales clerk to operate it. If a sales associate is able to operate the robot to count inventory, he says, it will be used more frequently than one requiring IT knowledge or technical training on the part of the staff.
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