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JD.com, Intel set up IoT lab to explore 'smart retail' applications

December 10, 2018 / Eileen Yu

JD.com and Intel have set up a research lab to identify ways Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to develop next-generation retail applications, including vending machines and modernised retail stores. The move further broadens the two partner's existing collaboration, in which Intel previously used its edge computing and computer vision architecture alongside JD.com's visual algorithm to analyse in-store foot traffic and purchasing patterns. These analytics have been deployed in the Chinese retailer's unmanned D-Mart stores that featured smart shelves, sensors, smart cameras, digital signages, and cashierless checkout counters. The new lab will use Intel's IoT architecture to develop next-generation retail applications such as vending machines, media and advertising services, and other technologies that can be used to modernise future stores. JD.com's vice president and head of big data platform, Zhi Weng, said the research facility will utilise both companies'...