The fast growing business of RFID smart shelves  

Smart shelves and cabinets have long been considered one of the most promising opportunities for the RFID industry. Perpetual inventory and location of all products in a store, hospital, library or manufacturing plant opens up a host of business cases with demonstrable ROI's.
Preventing stock outs, identifying misplaced items, helping customers finding the products they want, controlling who checks out valuable items, or ensuring availability of critical parts are just a few examples.
However, deploying smart shelves and cabinets on a large scale is faced with several important challenges.

Automated management of food products with RFID  

Eriddes, a system integrator based in Spain, has implemented an RFID system at the largest company worldwide of cherry tomato.

This RFID system uses Keonn readers, multiplexers, antennas and RF cables for the automated management of the fruit stock with real time positioning.

The deployed system provides better stock accuracy and control, automated traceability register, and fewer human errors.



RFID system for tracking heavy steel coils in warehouses  

Entresistemas, an engineering company, has developed an RFID system for tracking heavy steel coils in large warehouses.

This system uses Keonn antennas, in particular, Advantenna-P11, for detecting which reel is picked up by each crane at each particular moment.

This information is sent to the operator and to the main core system (based on SAP).

This results in higher efficiency in crane movements, fewer human errors in coil identification and higher speed.


Invisible anti-theft RFID UHF system for libraries  

Libera Networks, a system integrator based in Spain, has deployed Keonn's AdvanSafe overhead anti-theft RFID system at the Library of Galicia.

Five AdvanSafe units have been installed over the ceiling, making them completely invisible. These 5 units control an entrance of several metres width.

When a user carries a book that has not been checked.out, AdvanSafe detects it and sounds an alarm.

Libera Networks has installed other advanced RFID UHF systems for managing different processes of the library, like self check-out, reception, inventory, etc.


RFID beverage dispensing machines  

ValidFill, a manufacturer of beverage dispensing machines based in the US, is using RFID technology to add intelligence to the beverage transactions.

ValidFill, uses Keonn's AdvanMux-12 multiplexer in order to control up to 12 antennas with a single reader in each machine.

By using this RFID architecture, ValidFill increases food and beverage revenue while positively affecting guest satisfaction, register throughput, shrink, and sustainability efforts.


New version of AdvanMux-8, 8-ports multiplexer  

Keonn has released a new improved version of AdvanMux-8, RFID UHF 8-port multiplexer.

This new version uses SMA connectors and has lower insertion losses. As a result, RFID systems using AdvanMux-8 increase their read range and read rate.

AdvanMux-8 is easily controlled and powered by most reader models. Several multiplexers can be daisy chained by interconnecting their control ports with conventional Ethernet cables.


New connectors for Keonn antennas  

Keonn has designed and developed a new type of connector for its antennas: flange right angle connectors

This connector is ideal for applications like smart shelves, where the space occupied by the antenna must be minimal, and when edge-mount connectors cannot be used.

With these connectors, Keonn offers 3 types of connectors for its antennas:

• Flange straight connectors
• Flange right angle connectors
• Edge mount connectors (for some antenna models)


Interactive fitting rooms for increasing sales  

Roberto Verino, an apparel retailer, has installed Keonn RFID fitting room system AdvanFitting at their new retail store in Barcelona.

The installation and integration have been performed by a systems integrator.

AdvanFitting detects the tagged items taken by customers into each fitting room and shows these items in a touchscreen located in the same fitting room.

Customers can request another size or color without leaving the fitting room, and are shown complementary products for cross-selling purposes.

Each AdvanFitting unit is installed above the ceiling, making it completely invisible.

Thanks to its high directivity, each AdvanFitting unit detects the RFID tags located at its corresponding fitting room, while minimizing the detection of products located in neighboring fitting rooms or in areas nearby.


RFID system for tracking rental equipment  

Aucxis RFID Solutions, a systems integrator based in Belgium, has deployed a “tracking and tracing of rental equipment” solution, which applies to a wide range of logistic materials such as durable boxes and rolling materials which are rented out.

This system uses several Keonn Advantenna-p14 antennas mounted in the several portals.

Thanks to the "curtain" beam shape of these antennas, the materials that pass through the gate are immediately identified, providing full traceability of all product movements.


Smart shelves for apparel stores in Sweden  

MJ Consulting, a system integrator based in Sweden, has installed smart shelves based on Keonn's AdvanShelf system in an apparel retail store in Sweden.

The system provides real-time inventory and real-time location of all the items placed on the shelves, typically achieving 100% read-rate.

Keonn has supplied all the RFID hardware (antennas, multiplexers, readers, RF cables) and the software drivers, and MJ Consulting has assumed the configuration, installation and integration with the retailer systems.