CAMBRIDGE, UK The ZigBee Alliance has started the development of ZigBee Retail Services, a new standard focusing on the retail experience from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale.
This effort is expected to use the wide range of ZigBee's existing profile capabilities, fully leverage the advantages of ZigBee's open global solution set, and add significant new capabilities to improve the retail supply chain.
Focus on this key market area is expected to result in substantial new product and service opportunities.
ZigBee Retail Services public application profile can be used across the retail sector.
The anticipated result for the retail market is a significant improvement in quality and supply chain management and efficiency, in addition to enhanced customer satisfaction. It will define applications for mobile terminals and offer plug-in modules to simplify adoption.
The ZigBee Retail Services public application profile will define a standard methodology for delivering a variety of services. This includes in-store information and collection, delivery, selection, data sharing with customers, in-store and mobile payment retail applications.
Location based services, tracking, arrival alerts and item location assistance will be part of the new services.
Retail At Home, will establish a wireless network in customer homes for shopping, inventory levels, order availability and a sales process engine.
Retail Assistance Device offers support for voice capable employee and customer devices in a variety of retail environments.
Health Care will provide well being, drug interactions, refill orders, refill availability, alerts and recalls.
Supply Chain Management will support warehouse management, cold chain management and inventory management providing end-to-end production to customer delivery.
Regulatory Compliance offers in-store security and monitoring, retail regulatory compliance and freshness tracking for food, pharmaceuticals and other perishables.
Energy Management supports sensors designed to monitor and reduce energy consumption and improve total building management.
A number of innovative companies are engaged in developing the new standard which will be the alliance's seventh public application profile when completed. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 340 members driving development of ZigBee wireless technology.
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