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RFID News Roundup

Sensormatic Solutions offers RF-based EAS technology for retail; Balluff intros new handheld UHF RFID reader; Avery Dennison opens European intelligent labels hub; Altizon showcases IIoT manufacturing solutions; AtomBeam Technologies joins LoRa Alliance; IIoT study compares BehrTech platform against LoRa LPWAN; Simbe Robotics raises $26 million in Series A funding.
By Rich Handley
Sep 12, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Sensormatic Solutions; Balluff; Avery Dennison; Altizon; AtomBeam Technologies, the LoRa Alliance; BehrTech; Simbe Robotics, and SoftBank Robotics.

Sensormatic Solutions Offers RF-Based EAS Technology for Retail

Johnson Controls has announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its retail solutions portfolio, has unveiled a new line of Sensormatic Essentials radio frequency-based anti-theft solutions as a portfolio complement to its existing Acousto-Magnetic (AM) and RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) technologies. This visual deterrent provides wide exit coverage to support various storefront entrances, the company reports.

Retailers can choose from a range of RF sensors and labels to suit specific product categories. The RF portfolio will leverage Google's cloud-based Sensormatic Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS) platform for improved equipment uptime and data analytics, to help companies reduce shrink, combat organized retail crime, and improve sales and staffing efforts. Dashboards are designed to help retailers identify problems and make data-driven decisions to address them.

Shrink is a major concern for retailers worldwide, reaching nearly $100 billion globally last year. According to the company, many retailers are now optimizing their physical stores to ensure operational controls are in place for threats to their bottom line.

"In today's changing retail landscape, retailers recognize in-store technology investments are key to driving better business outcomes," said Bjoern Petersen, Sensormatic Solutions' president, in a prepared statement. "For more than 50 years, we have continued to enhance our innovative portfolio with new offerings across loss prevention, inventory intelligence and shopper traffic insights to help our customers move seamlessly into the future."

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