The INNOVATE research lab building on the campus of the University of Florida is the central hub of the Loss Prevention Research Council’s mission to prevent and detect theft, fraud, and violence. Our state-of-the-art, multifunctional facilities provide a unique setting for our members to see the latest retail security solutions in action.
What Is INNOVATE?
That’s why we maintain our INNOVATE program, which is central to the LPRC’s far-reaching efforts to foster collaboration and creative thinking related to improving LP/AP strategies. Through partnerships, labs, and unique tools, we develop resources that retailers need to keep their businesses safe, secure, and profitable.
Be a Part of INNOVATE
Create a safer and more secure shopping environment in your stores and boost customer satisfaction and loyalty — all of which leads to higher sales and fewer losses.
The Purpose of INNOVATE Labs
Identifying Enterprise Challenges
We actively collaborate with retailers to understand their pain points and operational roadblocks.
Enabling Innovative Solutions
We develop and test new technologies, strategies, and practices that address those pain points, such as enhancing security and optimizing store operations.
Most of the scientific research we do takes place in one of our INNOVATE labs on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville. These labs are equipped with cutting-edge technologies that allow us to prototype, test, and simulate new solutions in a controlled environment.
Security Operations Control (SOC)
The security operations control center integrates many of our installed solutions and integrations providing unparalleled capabilities for research, testing, and learning.
This is the first step in LPRC’s strategic innovation process. The Ideation Lab provides an adaptable space to encourage creativity and empathy for the specific needs of your challenges. We work hard to unlock the potential of your ideas through design thinking.
In the Simulation Lab, our projection room connects visual representations to research tools (such as virtual reality and pupil tracking software) to test each hypothesis. Our team pulls from an expansive list of assets to create any scenario you need to measure.
This dynamic workshop is where we transform ideas, simulations, and virtual components into reality. LPRC provides the tools & technology to build, destroy, and everything in between.
This artificial store environment allows us to integrate, test, and explore our members’ physical solutions and prototypes. It’s also home to our Thought Leadership Hub — a collection of interactive kiosks that teach our visitors theories and methods used in our research process.
Parking Lot Lab
This real-world environment in one of our on-campus parking lots provides the perfect testing ground for a variety of security technology, video, and detection systems.
Everyone who participates in INNOVATE can take advantage of its many practical benefits, such as:
Gain access to research and pilot programs that focus on the latest technologies and strategies for loss prevention, security, and operational efficiency.
Reduced Shrinkage & Improved Security
Implement evidence-based practices that minimize losses and create a safer shopping environment for customers and employees.
Influence the LPRC’s research priorities and request studies on specific challenges retailers face — with insights that are relevant to your needs.
Networking & Collaboration
Connecting with other leading retailers, solution providers, and industry experts allows members to take advantage of their shared knowledge.
Take part in validating and adopting innovative solutions that can give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Get access for you and your team to training programs and workshops that teach the latest trends and best practices in loss prevention and security.