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By Rich Handley

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Nordic ID's RFID Retail Checkout Systems

Based on its recent analysis of the European market for RFID for retail self-checkouts, Frost & Sullivan has recognized Nordic ID with its 2019 Europe New Product Innovation Award. The award was given for the company's work in facilitating a significantly faster checkout experience.

Nordic ID signed a strategic partnership with IBM iX, the design and consulting division of IBM, to develop an RFID-based self-checkout solution. Inspired by the co-operation, the company developed an instant checkout solution, known as Nordic ID Self-Checkout. Instead of having to scan items one by one, customers can scan them instantly, thereby reducing checkout times to one-tenth of the time required for a cashier to scan nine items, the company reports.

"With Nordic ID Self-Checkout, the company has made the checkout experience quicker and more accurate for retail consumers," said Ram Ravi, an industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, in a prepared statement. "In January 2019, Nordic ID also launched an advanced information desk solution that presents an integrated reading area and touchscreen display for digital content, retrieving the necessary information on the chosen product instantly whenever needed. It delivers optimum support to customers by facilitating product selection for purchase."

Nordic ID offers informational materials, as well as technical and other support services, to customers in various industries. Furthermore, it provides a single application program interface (API) for all of its hardware, allowing for a faster and less costly integration. To aid the optimal application of its products by customers, the company built a support partner network consisting of its service facilities and authorized service partners worldwide.

With its RFID-based offerings, the company has aided Austrian Airlines (Austria's largest carrier) in optimizing aircraft maintenance processes crucial to flight safety. Nordic ID's Merlin solution helps technicians save time by enabling them to read safety information aboard aircraft using RFID-enabled measurements. This solution reduced Austrian Airlines' mandatory in-cabin maintenance tasks, such as checking data on oxygen generators and life vests, by 90 percent, and thus reduced the need for labor by 66 percent, leading to higher efficiency and maintenance savings.

"In less than four decades, Nordic ID extended its commercial activity to over 10 locations worldwide across Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia," Ravi said in the prepared statement. "Its outstanding value proposition, backed by full-range customer support, is expected to increase the adoption of RFID based solutions across verticals, all over the world."

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