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‘You’re it!’ product tagging goes right to the bottom line

Automated product information and data collection enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) are improving the budgets at a host of businesses.

These scanning and tracking methods are proving effective in boosting productivity, measuring inventory flow and solving loss-control questions.

CONTROLTEK ISS, the Cranford-based provider of RFID applications, says the technology offers numerous benefits for companies adopting it.

Once a military use, it has become a proven success in supply-chain management, among many other operations, functioning efficiently even under conditions that present visual and environmental challenges.

Moreover, RFID technology can store and retrieve considerable amounts of information, making this a desirable part of inventory management.

Just as EZ-Pass is a system of RFID technology for a car, CONTROLTEK ISS can tag and mange whatever a business needs.

With RFID, a product is affixed with a tag, embedded with information about its item. When scanned, the tag interacts with a radio-frequency reader.

When a product is transported, a scanning sequence documents its movement through checkpoints until it reaches its destination. And as a loss-control measure, it can pinpoint where movement ceased.

Although tag circuitry can be programmed to monitor temperature and humidity, it can also be given levels of security such as encryption and password protection.

These measures are useful against malicious rogue scans searching for vulnerabilities in sensitive data, as in payment authentication.

RFID readers can differentiate units of identical items because unique identifiers. Same items can be read at a time, and a tag’s data can be gleaned over a long distances.

It’s also possible to include a kill feature for removing data permanently.

Retailers Gear Up For Holiday Season With Loss-Prevention Solutions

With the 2014 holiday season fast approaching, retailers are embracing larger inventories with hopes of increased sales. At the same time, stores are focusing on ways to protect their assets by putting their focus on potential losses due to internal loss, shoplifting and other thefts.

ISS (Inventory Security Solutions), a division of CONTROLTEK, provides the retail industry with the help it needs to protect their inventory through electronic means and a variety of sensible tagging solutions, such as security tags – and accessories that make removing security tags a barrier for thieves, while a convenience for retailers.

Solutions range from different types of standard Electronic Article Surveillance EAS tags,to even more secure self- alarming tags, and more.

Business operators are protecting their inventories with ISS products that utilize the latest advances in such technologies including EAS Systems, including solutions for acousto-magnetic (AM), Radio Frequency (RF) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).