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Mojix's New Reader Antenna, App and Blockchain Aim for Real-Time Visibility
Retailers and brands are piloting the TurboAntenna to capture the locations of tagged items in stores or stockrooms in real time, and the Retail Task Management App to enable store personnel to manage inventory and share tasks using their smartphone or tablet.
Jan 13, 2017—
Radio frequency identification and sensor technology company Mojix has released a new set of products aimed at providing hands-free, item-level tracking for retailers and brands. Several stores and brands are already piloting the company's new TurboAntenna with Mojix's STARflex reader to capture items' locations within a store or stockroom in real time. The firm is also releasing the 1.0 version of an app known as Retail Task Management, that enables store employees to view inventory and replenishment details, based on the Retail Task Management software platform, on an iOS- or Android-based device, thereby making stock management easier.
In addition, Mojix is teaming with Microsoft to offer a Blockchain-enhanced version of its solution so that members of an enterprise supply chain—retailers, suppliers and logistics providers, for example—can view their transactions related to RFID tag reads via Blockchain-empowered smart contracts.
In the case of RFID, a reader may not be able to interrogate tags on goods stacked in a null zone in which RF energy is low, due to the antennas' reflections and positioning. In addition, the installation of numerous overhead RFID readers around a store or room can lead to interference—especially in Europe, where RFID vendors and users are restricted to utilizing only four radio channels. Due to such interference and the null zones, Stelter says, read rates have struggled to rise above 90 percent or higher.
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