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Activation
changing an EAS label from an inactive to an active state that will alarm an EAS system.
Activator
a device that enables an EAS label to go from an inactive to an active state.
Acousto Magnetic (AM)
one of several EAS technologies which use a transmitter to create a surveillance area where tags and labels are detected at a 58 KHz frequency.
Audit Source Tagging
a detailed inspection and analysis of merchandise to determine which items and how many units of each are source tagged.
Book Label
a specialty Ultra•Strip® III label designed with an ultra low-tack adhesive to protect books without damaging pages when it is removed.
Capsule Label
a specialty Ultra•Strip® III label that is FDA approved to drop in dry foods, dietary supplements, vitamins, cosmetics, non-liquid pharmaceuticals, and health and beauty aid products.
Certification
the determination of optimum label placement by an authorized testing laboratory to meet retail customer specifications and quality expectations.
Compliance Source Tagging
a term used to describe whether or not a product is source tagged per the retailer’s requirements.
Contact Deactivation
changing an EAS label from an active to an inactive state by touching it directly to a deactivation pad.
Deactivation
changing an EAS label from an active state that alarms a working EAS system to an inactive state that will not alarm it.
Deactivator
a device that enables an EAS label to go from an active to an inactive state.
Detacher
manual or power device used to remove hard tags & VST’s (Visible Source Tags) at the point of purchase or in the source tagging process.
Detection
the act of recognizing a live EAS label.
Double Checker (Verifier)
a device used to detect the presence of active EAS labels.
Dual Tagging
the application of an Acousto Magnetic (AM) and a Radio Frequency (RF) label to the same item or product to reduce inventory and operational expenses.
EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance)
a loss prevention technique that protects assets and merchandise by utilizing security tags and labels and detection equipment. EAS systems provide tagged asset security at building entrances, exits, and enclosed areas. Alarming occurs when items protected with an active tag or label pass through the detection zone.
EAS pedestal
a system component usually placed at exits that detects and alarms when live tags and labels are introduced into the protected zone. Pedestals are sometimes referred to as towers, portals, gates, or antennas.
Failure to Deactivate (FTD)
the result of an EAS label not being deactivated at the point of purchase.
Failure to Remove
the result of a hard tag or VST not being removed at the point of purchase.
False Alarm
an unintentional setting off of an EAS alarm where there is no intent to shoplift. Incidences may occur when an item fails to be deactivated at the checkout, a protected display item is placed too close to the EAS system, there are undetected tags in the area, or a system malfunction.
Fractional Tagging
the application of EAS labels to a percentage of units in a production run.
Halo Effect
the perception that all merchandise is protected due to some merchandise in the store having EAS labels or tags.
Hang Tag
a specialty Ultra•Strip® III label designed to protect accessory items such as jewelry, small leather goods, sunglasses and soft home items from theft. It is applied directly to a product using a zip tie or string.
Hard Tag
a reusable, non-deactivatable EAS component composed of a tag and tack that is removed from merchandise at the point of sale.
High Speed Application
applying EAS labels to product or packaging with automated packaging equipment.
In-line Verifier
automated machinery that will detect an active EAS label on each finished product on the production line.
Integrated Source Tagging Solution (VAR Solution)
an EAS label embedded in cardboard, plastic, fabric or other material to protect items that otherwise could not be source tagged.
Inventory Shrink
reduction in physical inventory caused primarily by shoplifting and employee theft.
Label
an EAS system component that is attached to or inserted in packaging or merchandise and is deactivated, but not removed at the point of purchase.
Low Profile
a specialty Ultra•Strip® III label designed to be placed inside a CD case or in other applications where height restrictions are a limiting factor. It must be applied to a rigid surface due to the label’s flexibility.
Mass or “Bulk” Activator
a device that enables a group of AM EAS labels to go from an inactive to an active state all at one time.
Mass or “Bulk” Deactivator
a device that enable a group of AM or RF EAS labels to go from an active to an inactive state all at one time.
Microwavable Label
a specialty Ultra•Strip® III label designed to protect meat products when placed topically on meat packaging or integrated into a meat soaker pad.
Multi Media Guidelines
standards created to assist replicators and packaging manufacturers of the music, movie and software industries with the implementation of source tagging providing suggested locations for anti-theft labels for placement within DVD, CD, and VHS packaging.
Phase I, II, III
a reference to the location of the EAS label in or on the product or packaging, always within 3 inches of the UPC bar code.
  1. label placement outside the package (topical)
  2. label placement inside the package
  3. label placement inside the product
Pick Rate
a ratio determined by the number of times an EAS system detects an active EAS label or tag versus the number of times it does not.
Proximity Deactivation
changing an EAS label from an active to an inactive state by allowing distance from the deactivation device versus contact with it.
Radio Frequency (RF)
an EAS technology which uses a transmitter to create a surveillance area where tags and labels are detected at an 8.2 MHz. RF is not compatible with Sensormatic Ultra•Max® detection and deactivation devices.
Source Tagging
the application of EAS labels and tags (VST) on or in products or packaging during the manufacturing or packaging process.
Tag Pollution
a condition caused when an active EAS label is taken from one retail location to a second retail location with a working EAS system, thereby causing an alarm to sound.
Ultra•Strip® III Label
an anti-theft AM label compatible with Sensormatic Ultra•Max® detection and deactivation devices.
Ultra•Max®
a patented Sensormatic AM EAS system.
Value Added Resellers (VAR)
companies who provide integrated source tagging solutions for difficult-to-tag items.
VICS Anti-Theft Tag Placement
(Voluntary Inter-Industry Commerce Solutions) guidelines to standardize the placement of anti-theft labels and tags on apparel and hard goods for the implementation of floor ready merchandise. www.vics.org
Visible Source Tag
a one-time use, lightweight, disposable or environmentally recyclable hard tag.


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