RFID solutions have a long history in shoplifting prevention. The latest Bluetooth-based RTLS solutions enable new cost-effective ways of tracking and securing assets at any point in the logistics chain.
Retail stores require multiple levels of security and theft prevention systems, but solutions also need to be economical, simple to operate, unobtrusive to customers and easily scalable. In addition to traditional shop exit monitoring, real-time tracking systems can be used to tag valuable products and in-store assets at several different levels.
Geofencing solutions can raise an alarm if an asset leaves a designated area, or if it is not taken to the checkout counter via the expected route. For example, a built-in accelerometer on the tag can be used to signal if a product is picked up. In addition to shoplifting protection, this function opens possibilities for improving customer service by automatically signalling to staff that a customer may be interested in purchasing the product.
Precise real-time tracking is a cost-effective way to prevent loss of store assets such as shopping carts. An alarm can be triggered if carts are taken outside the parking areas of the store, or smart shopping carts can be equipped with automatic wheel locking if stolen. In addition to providing cost savings due to reduced theft, real-time asset tracking helps staff locate and collect carts from parking facilities and other areas of the store.
Bluetooth-based location solutions can be used for efficient theft prevention and monitoring for goods in transport. A single Locator beacon fitted in a truck or shipping container can be used for presence monitoring of high-value assets in the shipment. If the asset is removed prematurely, the system can raise an alarm, or the location where the item was taken can be pinpointed from GPS information in the vehicle data system. In this scenario, the Locator can serve as the IoT data gateway for the solution.
Cost-effective Bluetooth technology is enabling a host of new applications that go beyond what traditional GPS-based solutions can provide today. The above examples are only some of the new ways in which Real-Time Locating Systems are being used to improve productivity, efficiency and security in a wide range of industries.