Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems are used by retailers to prevent theft and reduce shoplifting. Acousto Magnetic (AM) and Radio Frequency (RF) are two common technologies used in EAS systems. Sensormatic Systems manufacture both AM and RF systems. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice depends on the retailer’s specific needs and preferences. Here are some advantages of Acousto Magnetic (AM) over Radio Frequency (RF) for retailers:
Detection range: AM systems generally offer a longer detection range compared to RF systems. This means that AM technology can cover a wider exit/entrance area, making it suitable for larger store layouts or stores with wide exits.
False alarm reduction: AM systems are known for having fewer false alarms compared to RF systems. RF systems can sometimes trigger false alarms due to interference from other electronic devices, which can be a nuisance for both store staff and customers.
Resistance to interference: AM technology is less susceptible to interference from metallic objects, such as shopping carts or metallic store fixtures. In RF systems, these metallic objects may sometimes cause false alarms or affect the overall performance.
Tag orientation: AM systems have a more flexible tag orientation, meaning that the security tags can be placed on the products with more freedom in positioning. RF systems often require specific tag orientations for optimal detection.
Performance in challenging environments: AM technology tends to perform better in challenging retail environments, such as those with a high amount of metal or electromagnetic interference.
Deactivation performance: Deactivating AM tags at the point of sale is usually faster and more reliable than deactivating RF tags. This can lead to smoother and quicker checkout experiences for customers.
Availability of labels and tags: AM security labels and tags may be more readily available and offered by a wider range of suppliers compared to RF tags, which could potentially lead to cost savings for retailers. Loss Prevention Systems carries the full range of both AM and RF tags and labels by Sensormatic.
It’s important to note that both AM and RF EAS systems have their strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between the two will depend on the specific requirements of the retailer and the store environment. Loss prevention Systems will help you decide which technology is best for you and your budget. Some retailers may even opt for hybrid EAS systems that combine both AM and RF technologies to leverage the advantages of each. Ultimately, retailers should consider their store layout, product types, budget, and desired level of security when selecting an EAS system.