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RFID News Roundup

SML, Microsoft collaborate to provide item-level retail RFID solutions; BSN intros RFID-based anticounterfeiting system, implements PragmatIC flexible ICs; CoreRFID provides Serco with access cards for railway service; Onset releases BLE temperature loggers; Advantech selects BehrTech wireless connectivity software for its IoT sensor platform; NFC Forum certifies Infineon's NFC Type 4B tags; The Foschini Group deploys RFID solution from RIoT Insight.
By Rich Handley
Jun 27, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML, Microsoft; BSN, Baoshen Group, PragmatIC; CoreRFID, Serco; Onset; Advantech, BehrTech; the NFC Forum, Infineon Technologies; The Foschini Group, and RIoT Insight.

SML, Microsoft Collaborate to Provide Item-Level Retail RFID Solutions

SML, a provider of item-level RFID solutions for the retail market, has announced the results of its collaboration with Microsoft. The combination of SML's Clarity application platform and Microsoft Azure enables thousands of retail stores around the globe to enhance inventory accuracy above 98 percent, the company reports, resulting in increased sales and improved customer service.

SML is a technology partner for global brands that are using RFID technology to perform frequent stock counts and streamline the receiving and replenishment of goods. Auburn University's RFID Lab has found that in order to achieve the same accuracy manually, it would take employees approximately 154,000 hours to read 100 million barcodes, which not be practical.

Due to the time required to manually count stock, many retailers only perform counts once a year, leading to inventory accuracy of less than 70 percent. With item-level RFID technology, SML says, accuracy increases to approximately 98 percent. Using Clarity, retailers are counting 100 million items every week within less than 6,000 hours. This is 1/25th of the time required for manual counts, making it feasible to perform frequent stock counts of entire stores.

"Item-level RFID is changing the way retailers are running their business in order to better compete," said Dean Frew, SML's CTO and senior VP of RFID solutions, in a prepared statement. "We are seeing more and more retailers experiencing the benefits using RFID technology. By delivering this capability on Microsoft Azure, we've been able to provide scalable, high performance and simple solutions leading to disruptive business results for retailers."

As a result of SML's RFID solutions being delivered on Azure cloud technology, these technologies become more accessible to thousands of retail stores around the world. "We are able to deliver some of the most exciting results that we have been part of in the retail sector and they are clearly helping retailers transform their businesses," said Shish Shridhar, Microsoft's director of global business strategy for retail and consumer goods, in the prepared statement. "It's pretty clear that this technology combination will be the default standard on how retailers manage their inventory and deliver improved customer service."

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