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By Rich Handley

Checkpoint Systems Releases RFID Label for Merchandise-Visibility Applications, Including Retail Cosmetics

Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of electronic article surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry, announced its Windlight RFID label for cosmetics categories and other merchandise-visibility applications.

The new label features the use of Impinj's Monza R6-P RAIN RFID tag chip, which is designed for serializing such items as apparel, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and jewelry. The chips support privacy, loss-prevention and brand-protection capabilities for retailers and brand owners.

Windlight is smaller than Checkpoint's Wind label, the company reports, and works with a range of systems, including handheld readers, as well as fixed models such as Checkpoint's Wirama-based point-of-exit (PoE) pedestals. It features an inlay size of 43 millimeters by 18 millimeters, with a label size of 45 millimeters by 30 millimeters—which is midrange for some apparel form factors. It is ISO 18000-6C-compliant and can be encoded and printed to carry Electronic Product Code (EPC) data in several formats, including EPC RFID air-interface protocol, printed bar code and human-readable text.

"We are excited that following the success of Checkpoint's Wind label, its Windlight label is also based upon our Monza R6-P chip featuring AutoTune," said Carl Brasek, Impinj's senior director of product management for silicon, in a prepared statement. "Our partnership with Checkpoint enables new solutions and tagging of new categories of items. The Monza R6-P chip includes Integra technology that enables RAIN RFID labels to deliver higher data reliability and accuracy, which is a must for retail deployments."

"Our customers have shown strong interest in broadening RAIN RFID categories to include health/beauty/cosmetics," said Umesh Cooduvalli, Checkpoit's senior director for business development, in the prepared statement. "The new Windlight, as well as the Wind RFID tags, are designed to help them realize auto replenishment and inventory management goals."

The Windlight RFID labels are available immediately, the company reports.

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