U.K.-based supply chain provider Intellident has introduced a new “smart shelf” system designed to detect the precise location of RFID-tagged items. The modular smartBlade system can be affixed to existing shelving to create automatic item-level tracking capabilities.
Originally designed to track books in libraries, Intellident has added additional features, such as flashing LED displays to highlight where on a shelf an item is located or to alert when stock is running low, to make the system functional in other industries.
In addition to providing immediate product location and assessing inventory levels, the current version can be modified to alert when product visibility is low and track customer behavior. The smartBlades units can also be incorporated into merchandising materials, furthering its adaptability to merchandising and marketing applications.
The smartBlades system will be available in late 2008.