EAS Glosery

Activation

Taking an EAS security label from an inactive state where it will not alarm an EAS detection system, and bringing it to an active state where it will alarm an EAS system.

Activator

A device that enables an EAS security 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. AM is not compatible with RF detection and deactivation devices. Available in reusable security tags and labels. Vitag, Sensormatic, Gateway, WG Security

Book Label

A security label designed with an ultra low-tack adhesive to protect books without damaging pages when it is removed.

Capsule Label

A security label that is FDA approved to drop in dry foods, dietary supplements, vitamins, cosmetics, non-liquid pharmaceuticals, and health and beauty aid products.

Contact Deactivation

Changing an EAS security label from an active to an inactive state by touching it directly to a deactivation pad. AM or EM

Deactivation

Changing an EAS security 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 security label to go from an active to an inactive state.

Dead Label

An EAS security label in an inactive state where it will not alarm an EAS system can be referred to as "dead". The Acousto-Magnetic label can only be reactivated to a "live" state with an Acousto-Magnetic EAS label activation device.

Detacher

Manual or power device used to remove security tags at the point of purchase. Either magnetic or mechanical

Detection

The act of recognizing a live EAS security label or security tag.

Disposable Label

An EAS security label that is attached to or inserted inside of merchandise or packaging and is not intended to be removed at the point of purchase. A disposable Acousto-Magnetic security label can be activated and deactivated an unlimited number of times. A disposable RF security can only be deactivated once and not reactivated.

Double Checker (Verifier)

A device used to detect the presence of active EAS security labels and security tags. Usually fitted to POS counter.

Dual Tagging

The application of an Acousto Magnetic (AM) and a Radio Frequency (RF) security labels 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 security tag or label pass through the detection zone.

EAS pedestal

A system component usually placed at exits that detects and alarms when live security tags and labels are introduced into the protected zone. Pedestals are sometimes referred to as towers, portals, gates, or antennas.

EAS Security Tag or Label

An EAS device that is attached and/or adhered to assets or merchandise which will alarm when passed through an EAS detection device in an active state Multiple types of EAS labels exist, the three most common types are AM(Acousto-Magnetic – Vitag, Sensormatic ADT, Gateway), EM(electro-magnetic), and RF(Radio-Frequency – Vitag, Checkpoint). The three different types only work within their respective detection units.

Failure to Deactivate

The result of an EAS security label not being deactivated at the point of purchase.

Failure to Remove

The result of a hard security tag 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 security tags in the area, or a system malfunction.

Halo Effect

The perception that all merchandise is protected due to some merchandise in the store having EAS labels or tags.

Hang Tag

An EAS security 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.

Hard Security Tag

A reusable, non-deactivatable EAS component composed of a tag and pin that is removed from merchandise at the point of sale.

Integrated Source Tagging Solution (VAR Solution)

An EAS adhesive 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.

Security 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. Available in multiple frequencies. Most common is 58kHz AM and 8.2MHz RF

Live Label

An EAS label in an active state where it will alarm an EAS detection system can be referred to as "live". The Acousto-Magnetic label can only be deactivated to a "dead" state with an Acousto-Magnetic EAS label deactivation device. The same applies for Radio Frequency Labels.

Mass or “Bulk” Activator

A device that enables a group of AM Acousto Magnetic 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 Acousto Magnetic or RF Radio Frequency EAS labels to go from an active to an inactive state all at one time.

Microwavable Security Label

A label designed to protect meat products when placed typically on meat packaging or integrated into a meat soaker pad.

Pick Rate

A ratio determined by the number of times an EAS system detects an active EAS security label or security 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. Usually this deactivation device is fitted to a POS counter.

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 AM detection and deactivation devices. Vitag, Checkpoint, Gateway

Source Tagging

The application of EAS labels and tags 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. Much more common with RF Radio Frequency

Ultra Strip III Label

An anti-theft AM label compatible with AM detection and deactivation devices. Vitag, Sensormatic, Gateway

Visible Source Tag

A one-time use, lightweight, disposable or environmentally recyclable hard tag.