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Robot to 'Walk' Aisles and Read RFID Tags

PAL Robotics plans to launch its first large-scale pilot of its motorized RFID-reading robot in Europe during the second half of this year. The newest version of the Spanish company's StockBot will be tested for its ability to read the RFID tags attached to products, while software will identify where those tagged items are located within stores.

Robot to 'Walk' Aisles and Read RFID Tags

Now that RFID tags are ubiquitous on products in some larger apparel retail stores, a number of companies are seeking ways to make it easier to conduct inventory counts without having to draw from employees who would otherwise be assisting customers, says Sergio Ramos, PAL Robotics' product manager. RFID makes inventory checks much easier compared with barcode label scanning and visual counting, he explains. However, the technology typically requires an individual with a handheld reader to walk along the sales floor, waving the device past each group of products.

Fixed RFID readers are still somewhat expensive. Therefore, PAL Robotics has developed an alternative that is more automatic than handheld readers and less expensive than a fixed reader infrastructure.

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Now that RFID tags are ubiquitous on products in some larger apparel retail stores, a number of companies are seeking ways to make it easier to conduct inventory counts without having to draw from employees who would otherwise be assisting customers, says Sergio Ramos, PAL Robotics' product manager. RFID makes inventory checks much easier compared with barcode label scanning and visual counting, he explains. However, the technology typically requires an individual with a handheld reader to walk along the sales floor, waving the device past each group of products.

Fixed RFID readers are still somewhat expensive. Therefore, PAL Robotics has developed an alternative that is more automatic than handheld readers and less expensive than a fixed reader infrastructure.

Read Full Article

Robot to 'Walk' Aisles and Read RFID Tags