Checkpoint Introduces EAS Equipped Antennas For Improved Store Operations
Checkpoint Systems has introduced a range of electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas fitted with a new electronics platform that delivers enhanced detection and connectivity to retailers, enabling them to improve store operations.
It's revolutionary – new NEO electronics are enabling EAS antennas to achieve better detection, wider aisle widths, enhanced connectivity, and cost savings.
Simon Edgar, senior director of product management for EAS/RFID systems and software at Checkpoint Systems, commented, “We designed the blueprint for the very first EAS antenna and it’s exciting to be the one ushering in a new era for the technology.
The powerful new electronics represent a seismic shift in the way radio frequency-based (RF) EAS solutions perform in-store and enable the sensors to become a key part of the connected store environment.
NEO is also collaborating with Checkpoint to develop aesthetically-pleasing antenna designs for retailers who are looking for a more attractive shop entrance.
NEO pushes the capabilities of RF-based EAS solutions, boosting the standard detection range by up to 35%.
Edgar commented, "The challenges faced by retailers 50 years ago are inherently different from those faced today. Retailers are now led by data and NEO is pivotal to lose prevention sensors becoming part of the connected store."
"The revolutionary electronics that we’ve developed allow for the seamless transfer of data to the cloud which ultimately helps stores to make informed business decisions, based on analytics,” he added.
The unique electronics also deliver superior detection, which means that the sensors are capable of protecting the smallest of labels – including those used on cosmetics products – against theft.
A first for the retail industry, NEO-enabled antennas will feature wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
This means that stores will no longer have to connect antennas via underfloor cabling – a costly and time-consuming process.
Its remote connectivity ensures that the EAS investment is maximised, with Checkpoint providing a live system health check and online service support, while alarm-related data can be synchronised to the cloud to provide real-time actionable insights.
With compact, more efficient electronics, the antenna’s footprint has also been minimised.
The first antennas featuring NEO are the NP10 and NP20 sensors – a new generation of the highly successful P10 and P20 devices.
These have been developed for grocery and big-box retailers, and will feature a less intrusive, lightweight, more contemporary look with a brushed metal frame.
Importantly, the antennas have been designed with RFID in mind, enabling retailers to seamlessly upgrade their sensors without any impact on the antenna frame.
The NP10 and NP20 sensors are available now, and Checkpoint will unveil further designs for other vertical markets over the coming months.
For more information visit www.checkpointsystems.com.
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