Powering a cashier-less system with a multi-camera setup for a top US-based next-gen retail solution provider

e-con Systems helped a leading US-based provider of checkout-free solutions to create exceptional cashier-less shopping experiences. Our multi-camera solution, powered by AI and ML, empowered the client with integrated person tracking and product recognition/tracking capabilities to reinvent in-store experiences. It ensured that their consumers were able to complete the checkout process faster and more conveniently than before.
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About the client

The client, based in the US, develops next-generation checkout-free technologies to ensure that retailers can quickly provide frictionless store experiences to shoppers. Their solution framework combines AI, ML, and sensor fusion technology to eliminate the need for checkout lines and self-scanners.

Key Challenges and customer's expectations

The client was looking for a solution to create smart checkout-free stores that enable shoppers to walk into the store, grab what they want off the shelves, and walk out. They wanted a checkout system to meet the challenges of waiting in line and dealing with scan and checkout processes.

Other unique client requirements were:

  • Minimal sensors – despite unpredictable outdoor lighting conditions
  • Ability for integrated person tracking and product recognition/tracking technologies
  • Low power usage – with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support

Selection of the camera module

The solution came equipped with low-cost and power consumption advantages and an optimized hardware platform solution. It had a custom carrier board designed to support the PoE and the camera interface – along with barcode sensors to identify unique product traits like availability, pricing, promotional offers, etc.

How e-con Systems™ delivered a hassle-free solution

e-con Systems ensured that streaming 1080p at 30 fps was possible to enable effective and secure product tracking. To retain the existing checkout positioning on the retail floor and the shelf structure, and after considering the product material reflections, we recommended an HDR sensor. We also decided to integrate the complete system into a rugged enclosure, with a rooftop mounting option - connected to the internet through a PoE. The other key highlights of the solution include:

  • Superior image quality in unpredictable lighting conditions
  • Fixed lens with hyperfocal focus and HDR sensor
  • Working distance of 1 to 5 meters between cameras

Business benefits

  • Off-the-shelf module and customized integration support – accelerated time-to-market.
  • PoC and field trial up and running across a few stores – targeting 3000 stores.
  • Enhanced customer experience through retail automation by enabling human-free checkouts

Talk to us

Would you like to know more about how you can help modern retailers offer automated, personalized, and streamlined checkout experiences to shoppers?

Connect with our product manager, who worked on this vision-based solution, and get started!
Ranjith Kumar
ranjithkumar@e-consystems.com
Phone: +1-408-766-7503

About e-con Systems™

e-con Systems™ is a leading OEM camera manufacturer with 17+ years of experience and expertise in embedded vision. It focuses on delivering vision and camera solutions to industries such as retail, medical and industrial. The company’s wide portfolio of products includes MIPI camera modules, GMSL cameras, USB 3.1 Gen 1 cameras, stereo cameras etc.

e-con Systems™ strives to become a global leader in the embedded vision space through continuous innovation, and helping its customers accelerate product development and reduce time to market. It has built over 250+ product solutions and shipped over millions of cameras around the globe. What sets the company apart is its deep expertise in building customized product designs while ensuring rapid prototyping and custom modifications in hardware as well as software.

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