The store's hardware is connected by enough cabling to scale Mt. Everest five times.
The store uses thousands of cameras suspended from the ceiling, as well as other technology such as sensors on shelves, to monitor the store in real time, the AP reports. The goal is to allow employees to quickly replenish products or fix other problems. The tech spots spills, tracks when shelves need to be restocked and knows when shopping carts are running low.
All this hardware is connected by enough cabling to scale Mt. Everest five times and enough processing power to download three years’ worth of music each second, according to Walmart.
In the near future Walmart expects that in IRL a combination of cameras and real-time analytics will automatically trigger out-of-stock notifications to internal apps that alert associates when to re-stock. To do this the store has to detect the product on the shelf, recognize the specific product and compare the quantities on the shelf to the upcoming sales demand. The result is that associates will know what to bring out of the back room before customers show up.