Retail Site Intelligence (RSI) refers to the digitization of stores using wireless sensors, scanners, and video cameras to feed data to a new generation of retail business applications.
Data flows from devices throughout stores, to apps which analyze the data and help customers find the right products, checkout faster, and many other things which make their store experience better.
Retail Site Intelligence also provides employees with real-time data and analysis of store activity that allows them to contribute to meeting customer needs.
Retail Site Intelligence will form the technology core for stores of the 21st Century.
An RSI environment features IP cameras that double as access points. The devices feed video data and serve as a conduit for data from wireless sensors, handheld devices and point-of-sales systems.
The RSI architecture and innovative new products are the result of a partnership between eInfochips, Kroger and the ZigBee Alliance.
Culminating two years of joint development, Kroger is deploying the world’s first IP video camera with multiple ZigBee access points, the largest in-store network of temperature tag sensors, and ZigBee handheld scanners which are used by both shoppers and associates.
Kroger is also deploying a Video Management System designed jointly by Kroger and eInfochips from the ground up for the retail sector. The integration of standards-based ZigBee wireless technology with Kroger video management IP promises to make a better store experience for its customers.
The industry’s journey to stores of the 21st century, and Retail Site Intelligence, has just begun. With customers as their focal point, Kroger and eInfochips team are leading the way.
Video Management System (VMS)
The VMS is available both as a stand-alone suitable for convenience stores and an enterprise platform suitable for the largest retail operations. The VMS includes motion detection, privacy mask, bandwidth adjustable remote viewing, camera mapping and local/remote collaborative video investigation. Support for ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S covers hundreds of IP camera products. Exported video evidence is encrypted and tamper-proofed to ensure admissibility.
IP Camera and Access Point
This full featured security camera uses Power over Ethernet and includes the capabilities of a ZigBee® wireless access point, reducing installation costs. The Pan-Tilt feature of the camera also reduces installation c osts by allowing camera adjustments to be made without ladders or lifts.
The ZigBee® based handheld laser scanners are easy to use and have over 9 hours of battery life. Secure low power communications enable applications such as mobile shopping, alerts and walkie-talkie voice communications. This low cost handheld also uses the IP camera network to quickly connect all floor associates, improving customer service and store operations.