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Updates from Siemens

Digital Transformation for Retail
Siemens – Retail is in a state of constant fluctuation, changing at a rate so rapid, many retailers cannot maintain the pace.

Technology solutions are becoming pervasive in every part of a retailers operations. It is critical that the solutions drive digitalization of a retailer’s processes and that the software itself can be validated, but also be configured at the pace of change in the industry.

Our focus on providing real-time collaboration via patented, digital solutions are helping retailers prepare for the future by recognizing that delivering innovation requires a broad ecosystem of partners is the key to long-term success. more>

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Updates from Siemens

Laboratory Management
Siemens – Consumer interest in the quality of products has increased drastically, including how a product might affect consumer health, the demand for high quality ingredients, the quality production processes and sustainability. Government and non-government organizations are responding with new regulations. The digitalization of laboratory processes will ensure the verification and quality of product and production and will provide companies the ability to accelerate new product introduction.

Laboratories worldwide are under enormous pressure to do increasingly more work with fewer employees and at lower cost. This situation is emphasized by the fact that regulations are becoming more complex and stringent. Products released on the market need to be labeled as safe for human consumption and consumers have high expectations for the products they consume.

Quality Control (QC) labs have to ensure overall product conformity and quality at the lowest cost. R&D labs are the source of innovation in a company and support the acceleration of new product introductions. Product quality data needs to be correct, secure and available at any time. more>

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Updates from GE

The Heat Camera Is On: Retailers Turn To Sensors For Insight
By Bruce Watson & Dorothy Pomerantz – Online retailers have been tracking their customers and their web habits with cookies for years. No wonder their brick-and-mortar rivals are looking for new ways to play the big-data game.

The French startup IRLYNX believes it can help them set sales on fire. The company developed small heat sensors, each just 1 centimeter in diameter, that retailers can place on walls, ceilings and even in light fixtures around a store to track customers.

Picking up customers’ body heat, each sensor can monitor movement as far as 15 meters away and within a 120-degree sweep. They can detect heat variances of less than 1 degree Fahrenheit, which helps them tell a human from, say, a hot computer or a fresh cup of coffee.

The sensors can also detect the size and postures of shoppers and distinguish an adult from a child or someone who is sitting down to try on a pair of shoes. The sensors are a big upgrade from the way stores typically track shoppers — with cameras.

While the images on a camera may be clearer, it’s very difficult to use those images to track data about how people are using a store. “Video-analysis software can be easily confused by mirrors, photographs, televisions, posters — almost any images of humans,” says Guillaume Crozet, IRLYNX’s vice president for sales and marketing.

Training algorithms to disregard these false images can be time-consuming and costly. more>

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