RFID Based Automatic Shopping Cart
Ankit Anil Agarwal (Corresponding Author) Computer Engineering, D.Y.P.C.O.E.,Akurdi, Pune, India Tel: +91-9881104860 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Saurabh Kumar Sultania Computer Engineering, D.Y.P.C.O.E.,Akurdi, Pune, India Tel: +91-8055367456 E-mail: email@example.com Gourav Jaiswal Computer Engineering, D.Y.P.C.O.E.,Akurdi, Pune, India Tel: +91-9975029254 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Prateek Jain Computer Engineering, D.Y.P.C.O.E.,Akurdi, Pune, India Tel: +91-9730962031 E-mail: email@example.com Abstract Large grocery stores are nowadays used by millions of people for the acquisition of an enlarging number of products. Product acquisition represents a complex process that comprises time spent in corridors, product location and checkout queues. On the other hand, it is becoming increasingly difficult for retailers to keep their clients loyal and to predict their needs due to the influence of competition and the lack of tools that discriminate consumption patterns. In this article it is presented the proposal of an architecture and solution of an innovative system for the acquisition of products in grocery stores (Intelligent Cart). The Intelligent Cart explores emerging mobile technologies and automatic identification technologies (such as RFID) as a way to improve the quality of services provided by retailers and to augment the consumer value thus allowing to save time and money. Keywords: Automatic Product Identification; Electronic Services; Grocery Stores, RFID, Intelligent cart. 1. Introduction In recent years a deep structural change has occurred, with consequences on economic growth and society, especially in factors such as territorial occupation, urbanization, openness to global markets, demography, family structures and cultural and consuming patterns. Innovation in communication and information technologies have caused a revolution in values, knowledge and perceptions in practically all areas of human understanding, deeply carving the so-called “Age of Information and Knowledge”. The grocery industry sector is nowadays extremely important in worldwide economy, with its recent evolution in technological, political, social and economic terms making it one of the most convenient and diverse businesses across the globe. In their journal “Consumer perceptions of privacy, security and trust in ubiquitous commerce” mentioned that the proliferation of electronic commerce technologies has utterly transformed the way business is conducted. Causes range from the introduction of new mobile technologies and ubiquitous computing, to the recognition by business of the strategic benefits offered by the implementation of communication and ubiquitous computing structures, to the emergence of new business models made possible due to the new technologies and to the development of new economies that can be used to understand and value the ubiquitous commerce activity. The challenges and opportunities created by electronic business in the supply chain have caused the sharing of information between business partners to improve operational performance, consumer service and solution development. Businesses have evolved from the sharing and coordination of information to the sharing of knowledge and advanced cooperation practices. The emergence of new
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Control Theory and Informatics ISSN 2224-5774 (print) ISSN 2225-0492 (online) Vol 1, No.1, 2011
technologies, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and wireless networks, makes the traditional retail processes faster, transparent and efficient. The technology represents to retailers an opportunity to reduce costs and to improve services, allowing to attend clients quickly, precisely and supplying personalised services. The advances in manufacturing, distribution...