Checkpoint Systems launches IQ-Series, a new generation of high-speed RF source tagging solutions that allows easy migration to RFID for the retail industry

Checkpoint Systems, the global leader in shrink management solutions and Radio Frequency (RF) based products - manufacturing and selling four billion RF tags a year - is launching the IQ-Series, a revolutionary platform in RF Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) labelling that doubles the rate of hourly tag applications and sets the new worldwide benchmark for quality and performance high speed labelling applications.

The IQ-Series has been designed for fast source tagging applications for consumer goods including spirits, food, health & beauty and fashion, and, via a simple circuit switch, further cements the technological path to RFID, in line with retailers timetables and expectations.

IQ-Series: a solution for Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers (CPGs)

Designed from its inception for high speed industrial application, the new, patented IQ-Series offers significant enhancements over existing RF labelling solutions. It has the highest electro static discharge (ESD) tolerance of any RF EAS circuit in the world

(25 Kv), and is extremely robust and resistant to the demands of industrial processes. IQ-Series can be applied to consumer packaged goods at speeds of up to 30 000 units per hour, compared to 15 000 units for standard auto apply RF labels (or less than 300 units per hour for EAS in-store labelling), making the IQ-Series ideal for automatic application source tagging.

The IQ-Series comprehensively resolves static issues, and, when combined with Checkpoints high speed in-line RF tag detector, offers the highest standard of quality available on the market.

The IQ-Series can be applied to a wide-range of consumer goods

Designed to be integrated into consumer goods, the innovative IQ-Series has been launched to answer the needs of CPGs in terms of fast replenishment of shelf ready protected goods. At a time when source tagging and RF EAS technology are becoming standards in Europe, Checkpoint offers a high level solution to fight shrink, the loss of goods caused by shoplifting and internal fraud.

The IQ-Series can be applied to hard goods such as wine & spirits, health & beauty, office products and accessories, OTC pharmaceutical products, label and packaging integrators as well as textile products, where the IQ-Series can be integrated either in the pocket tag or in the swing ticket.

The IQ-Series is available in small 4x4 cm format for application to a wide-range of consumer goods.

From RF source tagging to RFID

Checkpoint Systems is currently working on the convergence of RF and RFID technology, preparing its clients for the evolution of the markets needs. Indeed, for most retailers, RFID appears as a logical next step from RF source tagging process. As an evolving platform, the IQ-Series, is a ready for intelligence circuit with chip switch feasibility which represents not only an easy migration path from RF to RFID but also a possible cohabitation of RF and RFID in the same label.

In the near future, Checkpoints innovative Source Tagging solutions will allow retailers to still use their RF anti-theft equipment while developing real time inventory and smart merchandising RFID applications.

At a time when European consumers are demanding more direct access to products, and while RF source tagging takes significant steps forward, Checkpoint Systems is launching the revolutionary IQ-Series, a platform develop specifically to answer the needs of consumers and CPGs declared Neil Matthews, Checkpoints European Vice-President for Shrink Management Solutions.

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