solutions for the retail sector
The most common method used for identifying retail goods these days is
the bar-code system. Although well proved, this method of identification involves reading
each item label with an optical reader. It is prone to errors from label abrasion or
misalignment with the reader, and does not provide an ideal solution for many of the
operational problems involving logistics, sales and security.
The ALBATROS project is developing new electronic tagging technology to meet
operational needs in three retailing applications: reliable identification for logistics
operations automatic sales checkout and security.
The ALBATROS electronic tagging system is based on radio frequency ID technology and
has involved technological developments in application specific integrated circuits, the
Tag itself, read-write equipment and the information system. The results of the project
will be applied in several phases, starting with high-value garments and working towards
identifying all supermarket products.
On the ALBATROS stand there are demonstrations of the electronic tagging technology in
use for automatic article labelling, merchandise input and output, sale and return of
items, anti-theft solutions and automatic inventory.