Indeed, Acoustic Tags are preferable to RFID and similar systems for the simple reason that they are cheaper, essentially eliminating the need for heavy infrastructure and bulky readers that RFID systems typically use. Acoustic tags, which are essentially voice interaction devices, emit sound waves that can be picked up by any reader – even a mobile phone – and product data can be transmitted for further processing, whether for inventory and supply chain management or for quick customer check-in.
Overall, acoustic tags are feasible, efficient and faster at transmitting data, do not require an extensive maintenance infrastructure and significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs.
One of the main advantages of acoustic labels is that they completely automate the inventory and logistics management process through automatic identification and fast data capture. This helps retailers control inventory at the product and aisle level, which in turn helps avoid overstocking or shortages. These measures are essential to identify and control additional overheads and keep labor costs down. In addition, the benefits for customers range from faster check-in to faster and more accurate pricing, while the elimination of the need to scan individual products means a smoother and more efficient shopping experience. These are huge changes to the traditional way retailers operate and the potential emergence of a new system that is faster, smarter and more efficient.
Both will enable faster checkouts and a seamless shopping experience by eliminating the need to scan the barcode for each product at the time of pricing.
The acoustic label can be easily applied to individual products regardless of the surface material – be it plastic, paper, metal or fabric. Once the product is tagged, it begins to transmit information about that product through sound waves that can be picked up by a very simple reader or even a mobile phone. This interaction between the audio tag and the reader can be used to price the customer without having to scan each product individually. The reader receives and interprets the sound waves emitted by the various product brands and generates an accurate invoice, significantly reducing billing time and enabling a hassle-free shopping experience.
It supports a high level of security, where data can be encrypted and password protected. Product data and data transmission are protected by three-layer encryption, which guarantees secure transmission. In addition, this highly secure method of data transmission not only prevents data breaches but also helps retailers deal effectively with theft.