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Zebra Launches RFID-enabled Overhead Sensor
The SmartSense for Retail system combines video, micro-locationing and radio frequency identification technologies to help retailers improve omnichannel fulfillment and reduce shrinkage.
Jan 10, 2017—
Zebra Technologies today announced the introduction of its SmartSense for Retail system, which the company says will help retailers to improve on-shelf availability, enhance the shopping experience, reduce the incidence of shrinkage and boost sales.
The solution includes a hardware device designed to be installed in a grid pattern within the ceiling of a retail store. The device combines passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification readers with video and micro-locationing technologies. Software combines data from the multiple sensors, says Thomas Bianculli, Zebra's chief technology officer, thereby enabling retailers to collect data regarding what is happening in the store in near-real time.
"We bring all the data to the server and provide a real-time view of what's happening in the store," Bianculli explains. "Retailers can know, in real time, where inventory is. They can locate staff, and our micro-locationing technology allows them to locate Zebra devices used in the store."
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