RFID Robot to Track Perishable Products

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RFID Robot to Track Perishable Products

Simbe Robotics, Inc., a specialist in robotics and AI for retail, has announced the launch of Tally 3.0 – the latest design iteration of its autonomous retail robot, Tally. With enhancements to the robot’s optical system, greater durability and maneuverability to ensure cost-effective top performance, and the introduction of an embedded data processor, Tally 3.0 remains the most innovative, efficient retail RFID robot on the market, the company claims.

At Simbe, our ongoing commitment to best-in-class design and unparalleled data accuracy has empowered our partners with the real-time shelf insights they need to protect their bottom line and competitively serve customers in a rapidly evolving retail landscape,

said Brad Bogolea, Simbe’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

We’re pleased to announce Tally 3.0 and unveil an even-better autonomous solution to the most common problem plaguing the retail industry – inventory management.

Simbe’s multi-pronged approach to enhanced optics combines new autofocus capabilities with more cutting-edge sensors that improve depth perception, enabling Tally to efficiently analyze inventory in every aspect of the retail environment. Simbe strategically added height to Tally’s slender base, making room for additional Intel RealSense depth and RGB cameras to ‘see’ more products on shelf – including top shelf overstock items.

Tally’s new, autofocus optical system accurately captures shelf tags and reads data from up to 30 inches away, enhancing the robot’s recognition accuracy to nearly 99% and allowing it to do its job without slowing its traversal speed. These thoughtful additions to Tally’s design enable the robot to precisely capture inventory data from any store fixture or variable shelving unit, from products on standard shelving to items stacked in coolers in the freezer aisles.
Additionally, Simbe has leveraged the latest mobile technology to create a more cost-effective and resilient Tally robot with the same compact, slim form. Designed for long-term performance with minimal maintenance, Tally is now five times as resilient, increasing Tally’s lifetime traversal capabilities to more than 5,000 miles per robot – and at an aggressively lower cost to scale.

As Tally traverses store aisles and captures real-time shelf data, the inventory information is then sent to Simbe’s proprietary, secure cloud platform that enables store teams to stitch together high-definition 3D images of the store shelves. Tally 3.0 features the NVIDIA Jetson GPU-accelerated embedded computing platform allowing the next iteration of Tally to be even more efficient by running its deep computer vision and AI algorithms on the edge. This additional processing capability and unique hybrid approach improves the efficiency of Tally’s data capture, providing Simbe’s customers with shelf information more quickly and seamlessly, as well as helps minimize the costs of capturing and uploading the robot’s data to retailers’ back-end systems.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Simbe

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