Checkpoint Systems’ revolutionary, new NEO electronics are enabling EAS antennas to deliver better detection, wider aisle widths, enhanced connectivity, and cost savings.
The company’s latest range of electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas are all fitted with a new electronics platform that will deliver enhanced detection and connectivity to retailers, enabling them to improve store operations.
The powerful new electronics represent a seismic shift in the way that 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 allowing Checkpoint to develop more aesthetically pleasing antenna designs, aiding retailers that are looking to create a more enticing shop entrance.
NEO pushes the capabilities of RF-based EAS solutions, boosting the standard detection range by up to 35%.
The unique electronics also deliver superior detection and mean that the sensors are capable of protecting the smallest of labels – including those used on cosmetics products – against theft, in either the current aisle width set-up or wider.
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 under-floor 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 smaller, more efficient electronics, the antenna’s footprint has been minimised. The first antennas featuring NEO are the NP10 and NP20 sensors – a new generation of the highly successful P10 and P20 devices.
Developed for grocery and big-box retailers, they will feature a less intrusive, lightweight, more contemporary look, with a brushed-metal frame. Importantly, the antennas have been designed with RFID in mind, with retailers able to seamlessly upgrade their sensors without any impact on the antenna frame.
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 challenges faced by retailers 50 years ago are inherently different than those faced today.
“Retailers are now led by data, and NEO is pivotal to loss-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,” Edgar added.
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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