Simplifying Retailers’ Deployments with Truecount’s “RFID in a Briefcase” Solution
Nowadays some retailers use RFID technology for inventory-tracking purposes. However, many RFID deployments include the installation of one or more fixed readers, as well as software and integration services. To solve this problem, Truecount comes up with a “RFID in a briefcase” solution which is also known as RFID 2-GO. It is a complete EPC Gen 2 system loaded into a compact carrying case that provides all of the necessary RFID hardware and software (except for tags), enabling small and midsize retailers to begin tracking inventory without installing fixed readers. The company began marketing the system this summer.
The heavy-duty protective case contains a laptop computer, a Motorola Solutions FX7400 fixed reader with an AN710 antenna, and a Motorola MC3190-Z handheld interrogator and cradle for uploading data from the handheld to the laptop. To operate the system, a user need only plug the computer into a power supply, and the reader into the laptop’s USB port.
The fixed reader can be used to commission new tags—to create a link between the tags’ unique ID numbers and the products on which they are attached—as well as to receive goods with RFID tags already attached, or to process transactions at the point of sale. The handheld, alternatively, is intended for such uses as cycle counting and item searches performed on the sales floor, or in the stock room.
The laptop is loaded with Truecount’s RFID 2-GO software, for storing data regarding inventory on hand, performing inventory checks, indicating when items are sold, and viewing alerts when inventory levels have reached a threshold at which products need to be replenished.
“This is a complete solution,” Livingston states, noting that it can manage hundreds of thousands of tags. The RFID 2-GO system, already being utilized by a handful of retailers, costs approximately $11,000, though Truecount offers the option of paying $375 per month for four years.