RFID and EAS for Retail Security

Posted Dec 20, 2010 1:09:13 PM by DecisionPoint Team & filed under

eas-security1Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) is a technology used in many retail stores to prevent shoplifting. Special tags are affixed to merchandise and must be deactivated during purchase or an alarm will sound to notify store associates that an item with an active tag was detected at the exit. RFID enhances this scenario because it can provide specific information about items as they pass through the exit reader. If a business uses RFID for tracking inventory, they will be alerted in real-time as to what items are missing and how many items need to be reordered to replenish stock. In addition to real-time information about items that need to be reordered or restocked, this also provides valuable insight into the items most often stolen. Because of this, the powerful combination of RFID and EAS has been gaining interest with many retailers as a way to increase merchandise visibility, reduce shrink and prevent shoplifting.

 

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