Research Newsletter

Editorial

With this version of the SERAMIS newsletter, we wish to inform you about the progress of the project and about worldwide RFID research and development news.

In October 2016, we held the last consortial meeting of the project at the Athens Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEin). ACEin, which is perfectly located in the city centre of Athens (Kefallinias), is the incubation centre of the Athens University of Economics and Business, and it supports potential young entrepreneurs and researchers in developing their innovative business ideas and bringing them to the market. Currently, the SERAMIS consortium is preparing for the final review meeting that will be held on June 27 at the Adler Modemärkte headquarter in Haibach, Germany. During this meeting, we will present the research and pilot activities during the last project year and the final research and business results of SERAMIS as well as our final exploitation plan.

The review process of the special issue of the "International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications" is almost completed. The decisions on submitted manuscripts are expected on May 31. The special issue, entitled “The Internet of Things and Big Data: How They Enable Effective Decision Making and Drive New Innovative Services”, will probably get published in the second half of 2017.

We want to remind that the areas covered by SERAMIS span from Real-Time location of (mostly, but not only) RFID-tagged items, to value added indicator (VAI) driven customer services, and from knowledge based data cleansing to improved accuracy of low level RFID data, up to decision support and monitoring. Furthermore, we haven’t forgotten to consider the privacy implications to the users and develop privacy controls for potential privacy threats.

For updates and more detailed information about SERAMIS please also visit our SERAMIS webpage and join our SERAMIS LinkedIn group.

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Featured SERAMIS Publications and Interesting Research

Adoption of RFID Technology – The Case of Adler. A European Fashion Retail Company

Roland Leitz, Andreas Solti, Alexander Weinhard, and Jan Mendling published “Adoption of RFID Technology – The Case of Adler. A European Fashion Retail Company”. The Springer publication (in press) will be a Chapter of the “Business Process Management Cases”, edited by Jan vom Brocke and Jan Mendling.

In the book chapter, Leitz et al. describe the adoption of RFID at ADLER. They describe the story that led to the adoption, as well as the process and the lessons learnt.

Customer Visit Segmentation using market basket data

Anastasia Griva, Cleopatra Bardaki, and Katerina Pramatari presented the paper "Customer Visit Segmentation using market basket data" at the 2016 Pre-ICIS symposium on "Innovations in Data Analytics" in December 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Basket analytics is a powerful tool in the retail context for acquiring knowledge about consumer shopping habits and preferences. In the paper, they propose a clustering-based artifact that mines customer visit segments from basket sales data. They characterize a customer visit by the purchased product categories in the basket and identify the shopping intention or mission behind the visit (e.g., ‘breakfast’ visit to purchase cereal, milk, bread, cheese etc). They demonstrate the utility of the artifact by applying it to a real case of a major fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailer. Apart from its theoretical contribution, the proposed approach extracts knowledge that may support several decisions ranging from marketing campaigns per customer segment, redesign of a store’s layout to product recommendations.

The paper was awarded with the Best Paper Award.

Benchmarking of RFID UHF and NFC tags for apparel applications

Massimo Bertolini, Giada Cilloni, Giovanni Romagnoli, and Andrea Volpi presented the paper “Benchmarking of RFID UHF and NFC tags for apparel applications” at the 21st Summer School on Industrial Systems Engineering (F. Turco). The summer school took place from 13-15 September 2016 in Naples, Italy.

The paper proposes a testing protocol to measure and compare performances of NFC and EPC tags. The results of the study give a direct insight of performances to be expected from different dual frequency RFID inlays, equipped with the same new chip, thus bringing innovative features both to the NFC and the EPC worlds.

Testing and deploying an RFID-based Real-Time Locating System at a fashion retailer: A case study

Antonio Rizzi and Giovanni Romagnoli presented “Testing and deploying an RFID-based Real-Time Locating System at a fashion retailer: A case study" at the it4fashion (2016 edition). The paper has then been published as a chapter of the book Business Models and ICT Technologies for the Fashion Supply Chain (Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering series).

The authors present the testing and deployment phases of an RFID-based RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) at Diffusione Tessile. The literature, in fact, is lacking in studies that discuss real applications of RTLS in retailing. This study suggests ideas and raises important issues for a deployment of RTLS in a fashion store, because the points of strength and weakness of the implementation have been reported, and they could help both researchers and practitioners to maximize the benefits of future RTLS implementations and to suggest new research topics in this sector.

Leveraging RFID Data Analytics for the Design of an Automated Checkout System

Matthias Hauser, Sebastian Günther, Christoph M. Flath, and Frédéric Thiesse presented the paper “Leveraging RFID Data Analytics for the Design of an Automated Checkout System” at the 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik from February 12 to 15 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The paper presents an RFID-based automated checkout system that is able to (i) reliably and timely detect items leaving a shopping floor area and (ii) assigns them to individual customers. The system’s feasibility is demonstrated using a large data set collected in the laboratory under real-world conditions.

Reconstructing the Giant: Automating the Categorization of Scientific Articles with Deep Learning Techniques

David Dann, Matthias Hauser, and Jannis Hanke presented the paper “Reconstructing the Giant: Automating the Categorization of Scientific Articles with Deep Learning Techniques” at the 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik from February 12 to 15 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The paper is concerned with the automation of the process of conducting literature reviews. In their paper, they consider a document collection comprising 906 articles on Radio Frequency Identification and categorize them using the word2vec algorithm. Their results indicate that their word2vec-based system provides better results than a system based on traditional text mining approaches.

The paper was awarded with the WI 2017 Best Student Paper Award.

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Featured Events

Two SERAMIS presentations at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 & IEEE International Conference on RFID 2017 (co-located), 9-11 May, Phoenix (USA)

RFID Journal LIVE! is the world's largest and most important event focused on radio frequency identification and related technologies. Now in its 15th year, LIVE! features more than 200 exhibitors from around the world.

The IEEE International Conference on RFID 2017 (IEEE RFID 2017) is the premier conference for exchanging technical research in RFID and provides attendees with a unique opportunity to share, discuss, and witness research results in all areas of RFID technologies and their applications.

Partners from the SERAMIS project will give two presentations at the event. Prof. Antonio Rizzi from the Parma University will deliver a speech entitled “Improving Sales Through RFID Empowered Visual Merchandising” and Matthias Hauser from the University of Würzburg will present a technical paper with the title “A Hidden Markov Model for Distinguishing between RFID-tagged Objects in Adjacent Areas”.

More details about the RFID Journal LIVE! 2017 event can be found here and on the IEEE International Conference on RFID 2017 here.

IoT Tech EXPO Europe 2017, 1-2 June 2017, Estrel Berlin

Europe’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) event will return to Berlin for its 2nd annual event on the 1-2nd June, where it will host 4,000 attendees and explore the entire IoT ecosystem. There will be 6 conference tracks, with 200+ industry leading speakers discussing their real-life use-cases of IoT/M2M technology and solutions.

For more information, please visit the event site here .

8th Annual IEEE International Conference on RFID – Technology and Applications, Warsaw (Poland), 20-22 Sep. 2017

The conference will provide a forum for the advancement of RFID technology and practice, and will aim to strengthen relations between industry, research institutions and academia. Authors are invited to submit maximum 6-page original, high-impact papers presenting their latest research and practical applications in all areas of RFID.

More details about the event can be found here.

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Selected RFID News from the Press

Robotics and RFID to Manage Your Wardrobe

The technology start-up ThreadRobe has released an armoire enabled with RFID technology that can identify clean clothes placed in its bin, so as to hang them up and steam them before they are returned to a customer.

Find the full article here.

SML Analysis Finds Just 4 to 8 Percent Adoption of RFID Among Retailers

The study by SML reports that RFID pilots are evolving to full deployments with a greater percentage. The report indicates a constant increase in RFID adoption for retailers, and this increase is shown to be fuelled by omnichannel strategies.

Read the full news article here.

RFID Brings Omnichannel to the Physical Store

The Italian Store of the Future is provided with RFID-enabled technology that can automatically display content about products that are tried on, thus enabling customers to select products that are not available in the store and empowering online purchases, as well as in store ones.

Find more information here.

Delta releases new app to track RFID-tagged luggage

Every piece of luggage transported with Delta airlines is tagged with RFID chips since 2016, as a part of a $50 million investment that Delta made in tagging bags with RFID technology. A mobile app leverages the technology and sends updates about where the luggage is to passengers, making use of critical points along the bag’s journey. We also note that Delta is the only major carrier that has deployed RFID to track bags on a global scale.

Find more information here.

RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2016-2026 The complete analysis of the global RFID industry

IDTechEX reports that the apparel retail sector, with around 4.2 billion tags, makes more than 50% of the world consumption of UHF tags, with an increase in 2016 that brings the worldwide total of garments tagged to 15%, against the 10% value of 2014. Still, the potential of the fashion and apparel sector is of more than 30 billion tags per year. Also, IDTechEx forecasted a total of 10.4 billion tags sold in 2016, most of which are passive and cheap UHF RFID (RAIN RFID) labels.

Find more information here.

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More recent publications by the SERAMIS consortium

Agarwal, S., Kirrane, S., Scharf, J., (2017): Modelling the General Data Protection Regulation , In: Trends and Communities of Legal Informatics: Proceedings of the 20th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2017

Bazhenova, E., Haarmann, S. Ihde, S., Solti, A., Weske, M. (2017): Discovery of Fuzzy DMN Decision Models from Event Logs. In International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering CAiSE 2017 (to appear). Springer International Publishing.

Bertolini, M., Cilloni, G., Romagnoli, G., Volpi, A. (2016): Benchmarking of RFID UHF and NFC tags for apparel applications. Proceedings of the XXIst Summer School Francesco Turco (Industrial Systems Engineering), September 13-15, 2016, Naples (Italy).

Bertolini, M., Romagnoli, G., Weinhard, A. (2016): Developing a new framework for Value Added Indicators enabled by RFID data in the fashion and apparel sector. Proceedings of the XXIst Summer School Francesco Turco (Industrial Systems Engineering), September 13-15, 2016, Naples (Italy).

Blank, P., Maurer, M., Siebenhofer, M., Rogge-Solti, A., Schonig, S. (2016): Location-Aware Path Alignment in Process Mining. In Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Workshop (EDOCW), 2016 IEEE 20th International (pp. 1-8). IEEE.

Bottani, E., Montanari, R., Romagnoli, G. (2016): Improving sales turnover in fashion retailing by means of an RFID-based replenishment policy. International Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications, 7(1), 65-86.

Dann, D., Hauser, M., Hanke, J. (2017): Reconstructing the Giant: Automating the Categorization of Scientific Articles with Deep Learning Techniques. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, 12-15 February, St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Hauser, M., Griebel, M., Hanke, J., Thiesse, F. (2017): Empowering Smarter Fitting Rooms with RFID Data Analytics. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, 12-15 February, St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Hauser, M., Günther, S., Flath, C.M., Thiesse, F. (2017): Leveraging RFID Data Analytics for the Design of an Automated Checkout System. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik, 12-15 February, St. Gallen (Switzerland).

Hauser, M., Griebel, M., Thiesse, F. (2017): A Hidden Markov Model for Distinguishing between RFID-tagged Objects in Adjacent Areas. In: 2017 IEEE International Conference on RFID, 9-11 May, Phoenix (USA).

Leitz, R., Rogge-Solti, A., Weinhard, A., Mendling, J. (2017):  Adoption of RFID Technology – The Case of Adler. A European Fashion Retail Company. Business Process Management Cases. Jan vom Brocke, Jan Mendling (eds), Springer, 2017.

Pachinger, F., Sheikh, Z., Zajaczkowski, P., Rogge-Solti, A., Schönig, S., Mendling, J. (2016): Comparison of Visualization Concepts of Map Layouts. Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Workshop (EDOCW), 2016 IEEE 20th International (pp. 1-5). IEEE.

Rizzi, A., Romagnoli, G. (2017): Testing and deploying an RFID-based Real-Time Locating System at a fashion retailer: A case study. In Business Models and ICT Technologies for the Fashion Supply Chain. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, 413, Rinaldi, R. & Bandinelli, R. (Eds.), 201-214. ISBN: 978-3-319-48511-9. Springer, Berlin.

Rogge-Solti, A., Senderovich, A., Weidlich, M., Mendling, J. Gal, A. (2016): In Log and Model we Trust? A Generalized Conformance Checking Framework. International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM 2016). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 9850. Springer, 179-196.

Uckelmann, D., Romagnoli, G. (2016): RF-based locating of mobile objects, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IOT 2016), ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, vol. 07-09-November-2016, Stuttgart (Germany), 147-154.

Volpi, A., Rizzi, A., Bandinelli, R. (2017): Dual frequency tag performances in the fashion industry, Proceedings of the 2017 IT4Fashion Scientific Conference, 19-21 April, Florence (Italy).

Weinhard, A., Hauser, M., Thiesse, F. (2017): Explaining Adoption of Pervasive Retail Systems with a Model based on UTAUT2 and the Extended Privacy Calculus. Proceedings of the 2017 Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, 16-20 July, Langkawi (Malysia)

Weinhard, A., Hauser, M., Thiesse, F., (2016): Customer Intentions towards Using IoT-based Shopping Applications. Proceedings of DIGIT Pre-ICIS Workshop, 11 December, Dublin (Ireland)