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By Beth Bacheldor

Checkpoint Systems' UNO Labels Combine RF EAS and Ucode 7 RFID Chip

Checkpoint Systems has announced dual RF-RFID labels that incorporate Ucode 7 chips from NXP Semiconductors. Unveiled in 2013 (see NXP Releases Ucode 7, a Faster and More Sensitive Chip), the Ucode 7 is an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID integrated circuit that increases read and write sensitivity (meaning the chip requires less power to be interrogated or encoded than previous NXP chips), and greater backscatter strength (to improve read performance).

Rectangular UNO label
According to Checkpoint Systems, the company's patent-pending UNO labels are designed to help retailers protect products in the health, beauty and cosmetics categories, as well as hard goods and apparel merchandise, using their current electronic article surveillance (EAS) infrastructures—while simultaneously delivering RFID benefits in inventory cycle counting and merchandise management for omnichannel fulfillment and automatic replenishment.

The UNO series with the Ucode 7 chip requires less power for increased read and write sensitivity, Checkpoint says, providing faster performance in reading and encoding. It also provides greater broadband width, according to the company, enabling improved functionality internationally, where the UHF band used by a reader varies from region to region. Checkpoint reports that the Ucode 7 will perform reliably regardless of an RFID-tagged item's point of manufacture or destination location.

Square UNO label
UNO labels were specifically developed to make it easier for retailers currently using EAS protection to transition to RFID, by providing the option to apply it to certain merchandise categories and still leverage the EAS infrastructure already in place at stores. According to the company, a health and beauty retailer has successfully begun implementing UNO labels and is already experiencing improved inventory visibility and reduced out-of-stocks.

The UNO series is available now in both rectangle and square form factors. The labels work with a variety of pedestals and the Evolve RFID EAS Overhead Solution.

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