New dual integrated RF-RFID labels have been launched to help retailers, including those selling apparel merchandise, to migrate to RFID using their current electronic article surveillance (EAS) infrastructures.

The UNO Series from Checkpoint Systems delivers radio-frequency identification (RFID) benefits in inventory visibility and merchandise management for omni-channel fulfilment and auto-replenishment.

Incorporating UCODE 7 chips from NXP, the labels require less power for increased read and write sensitivity, Checkpoint says, providing faster performance in reading and encoding.

They also provide greater broadband width, which helps improved functionality in international markets where the frequencies of readers' RF signals vary from region to region. This means that regardless of the point of manufacture or destination location, the UCODE 7 will perform reliably.

The labels were specifically developed to provide a more affordable upgrade path, allowing retailers currently using EAS protection to transition to RFID in certain merchandise categories and still leverage the EAS infrastructure they already have at stores.

Most Checkpoint EAS pedestals are already easily upgradeable with an available RFID kit, it adds.

"Most retailers have already begun moving or are already planning for RFID implementations in the near future," says Uwe Sydon, Checkpoint's senior vice president of innovation, "but many are wary of the migration path.

"UNO can be used immediately to simultaneously support loss prevention and merchandise visibility rather than having to switch labels and then upgrade later. This provides a straightforward, cost-effective path to RFID, eliminating the time and costs associated with starting from scratch."