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Checkpoint RFID-Enables Its Security Solution to Protect Electronics, High-Value Products

The Spider Wrap emits alerts when tampered with or when installed at EAS gates, and now comes in an RFID version with a UHF tag to prompt RFID-based alerts when read at a doorway.
By Claire Swedberg

If someone in the store were to attempt to cut the wrap's cord, the device, like its EAS-enabled predecessor, would emit an alert in the form of a flashing light and a 98-decibel alarm to serve as a deterrent to thieves. If he or she attempted to simply walk out of the store with the Spider Wrap attached, the RFID reader would capture the device's tag ID, sound an alarm and (if enabled to do so) update the store's inventory system to indicate what had been removed.

This means retailers can use their existing RFID readers for theft deterrence of high-value items, without installing an EAS gateway. Companies that lack an existing RFID system can install the readers from Checkpoint or other technology providers to capture the Spider Wraps' tag IDs, as well as those of any RFID tags that enter the store already attached to items.

In either case, Checkpoint reports, the new product is intended to make theft protection and inventory management of high-value items more flexible. Several companies already intend to use the technology, the firm notes, and are presently in the process of applying the new RFID-enabled Spider Wraps to their products.

Whether EAS- or RFID-enabled, the device comes in three sizes. The Mini Spider Wrap comes with a 32-inch cable length, for use on products such as housewares, coffee makers, iPods, portable DVD players, software, video game hardware, video games, and ink and toner cartridges. It includes a lithium battery and an aircraft grade cable with a flashing LED. The larger Attack Spider Wrap comes with 70- or 102-inch cable lengths, for medium to large packaged goods such as computers, televisions, power tools and boxed electronics. It, too, comes with a red flashing LED and a lithium battery, as well as an aircraft-grade cable.

Rosenthal says the price of the RFID-enabled Spider Wrap will be comparable to that of the traditional EAS version (which the company will continue to sell). He sees a continued demand for both models of the product. "As RFID becomes more common," he states, "this offers more flexibility for retailers." He expects the product to have greater impact over time as more RFID deployments take place. "This is a very good-quality product that should have a positive impact," he says, for those with RFID technology in their stores.

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