Innovative Retail Technologies

SEP-OCT 2016

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that can be recharged without issue a guar- anteed 900 times. "When better batteries allow merchants to skip entire procurement cycles, significant topline savings are added to the benefit of efficiency and productivity gains," he says. Longer lasting, more powerful bat- teries are increasingly important as the applications running on mobile devices continue to proliferate. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi also draw more power, but Quinter says application proliferation and wireless communications are an afterthought to original equipment manufacturers, who rely on planned obsolescence and want to sell more batteries. Asked why IPT is so confident it can grow its long-life battery sales in a market where opportunity is predicated on dead batteries, Quinter scoffs at the notion that IPT could sell itself right out of a market opportunity. "How good is the battery market?" he asks hypothetically. "Anywhere goods are moved, services are sold, products are sold or rented, there's a mobile device that needs a battery. It's always expanding, there's always another application." While the case for better batteries might be clear, legacy device investments are holding many merchants back. Some con- tinue to operate mobile devices that are 20 or more years old and no longer supported with batteries from the OEM. While that puts those merchants in a risky position as scalability and functionality go, they contribute to the success of companies like IPT. On the distribution and logistics side, Quinter says the struggle for giants like UPS, USPS, and FedEx is much the same. "For those carriers to take on a wholesale upgrade to new devices, they would face a billion dollar investment. But the original equipment manufacturers can't keep up with their battery and device demands, and in the meantime their market share is being pecked away by nimble, tech-savvy regional carriers," he says. Saving money on powering their legacy mobile device in- vestments is therefore a necessity on more than one front. Multiple Facets Of The Battery's Importance In addition to productivity and topline expense savings, poor battery performance can negatively impact inventory manage- ment as well. "Let's say you have associates using mobile devices for physical inventory counts in stores. When their batteries fail, you suddenly have human beings conduct- ing a physical count. The entire process be- comes dependent on memory and prone to human error over the simple depletion of a battery." That error leads to immediate inac- curacy around out of stocks and overstocks, which have big implications on customer service levels and inventory carrying costs. Business benefits of better batteries aside, longer-lasting batteries put fewer dead ones in landfills. That makes battery performance a sustainable story for every stakeholder. 29 Sept-Oct 2016 Keep Keep the essence with Axis' Zipstream technology. xis Keep the essence with Axis' Zipstream technology. gy. Keep the essence with Axis' Zipstream technology. Optimized for video surveillance, Axis' Zipstream technology is a radically more efficient H.264 Zip Optimized for video surveillance, Axis' Zipstream technology is a radically more efficient H.264 fficient Optimized for video surveillance, Axis' Zipstream technology is a radically more efficient H.264 H.264 implementation. Zipstream lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average 50% an implementation. Zipstream lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average 50% average implementation. Zipstream lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average 50% 50% or more for many common 24/7 surveillance use cases - all without losing forensic details. su or more for many common 24/7 surveillance use cases - all without losing forensic details. forensic or more for many common 24/7 surveillance use cases - all without losing forensic details. details. www.axis.com/zipstream Visit Axis booth #110 RLPSA Annual Conference July 25-26, San Antonio,TX Squee Squeezed stor storage . years 20 1996-2016 20 years of network cameras

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