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By Rich Handley

MetraLabs, Qopius Collaborate on Retail Vision Robot

MetraLabs, a provider of mobile robotics, has partnered with Qopius, a supplier of computer vision for the retail industry and CPG manufacturers, to introduce a retail vision robot at EuroCIS 2018, being held this week in Düsseldorf, Germany. This development, the companies report, will combine mobile robotics technology and computer vision to provide store shelf analytics and insights for retailers. MetraLabs' engineers have created new features for the TORY mobile inventory robot, in cooperation with Qopius, and for the SCITOS A5mobile service robot, which allow a wider range of applications.

The integration of computer vision into the TORY robot enables retailers to capture shelf reality with greater accuracy and efficiency, the companies report, and to convert this information into actionable, real-time insights. This helps retailers understand what is happening on store shelves, become more productive and profitable, and create an omnichannel retail experience that relies on accurate merchandising and inventory information.

Retailers already monitor their shelf activity, the companies explain, but to date this has been completed in labor-intensive and fragmented ways, resulting in out-of-date, inaccurate and inconsistent information. By integrating MetraLabs' and Qopius' technologies, retailers can reduce operational costs, increase revenues, and secure additional analytics and insights regarding the shelf to support both immediate and future in-store strategies.

In addition, the MetraLabs team has equipped the SCITOS A5 mobile service robot with safety features. This includes a 360-degree view. SCITOS A5 can support security teams as a moving surveillance camera. The system is already being used in practice as a guiding robot, and to interact with customers and visitors via a touch display, speech synthesis and head movements.

Both the SCITOS A5 and TORY can navigate autonomously, and can avoid obstacles and move safely in a public environment. The robots are equipped with navigation software developed by MetraLabs. The safety functions have been tested and certified by Germany's TÜV technical inspection association, according to EG guidelines.

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