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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
Mar 05, 2018

With the use of EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology increasing in stores for inventory management, and more recently for electronic article surveillance (EAS), Checkpoint Systems has developed an RFID-enabled version of its Spider Wrap line of products. These alarming devices for high-value items allow users to trigger alerts and capture inventory-management data when a product is removed from a store, based on RFID tag reads.

Checkpoint, a global technology firm that provides loss-prevention and merchandise-visibility solutions for the retail industry, has sold its Alpha High-Theft Solutions Attack Spider Wrap and Mini Spider Wrap products for the past decade. The reusable, battery-powered devices come with cords that can be wrapped tightly around a product, and can emit an alert if an individual attempts to cut the cord. It can provide that same alerting response if a product with a Spider Wrap attached moves past an EAS device at the door.

The RFID-enabled Spider Wrap
That provides a layer of security for high-value items such as electronics, explains Stuart Rosenthal, the sales and marketing VP for Checkpoint's Alpha High-Theft Solutions line. Recently, however, the company has been receiving requests from its retailer customers for a similar product that employs RFID instead of EAS technology. That's because more stores are already equipped with RFID gates to capture tag reads, and because RFID data could not only trigger the alert, but also provide specific product information at the time that an item is being removed.

Checkpoint began developing an RFID version of its Spider Wraps last year for use in stores, then released the product on Feb. 12. "Like most of our products," Rosenthal says, "these were developed in collaboration with our customers." The RFID version has a built-in Checkpoint UHF RFID inlay encoded with a unique ID number, but no EAS functionality.

In a typical use case, Rosenthal says, a retailer may already have an RFID inlay sticker for inventory management and point-of-sale use. The RFID-enabled Spider Wrap would be an added layer of protection as an EAS-based system. A store typically would attach the security wrap around the packaging of a new product when that item was received. The system could then be used for theft prevention, with the RFID reader triggering an alert if it read a tag, while also forwarding that data to the retailer's software.

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