Retail Data Capture Technology News

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) refers to the process of automatically identifying and collecting data about objects/goods, then logging this information in a computer. The term AIDC refers to a range of different types of data capture devices. These include barcodes, biometrics, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), magnetic stripes, smart cards, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and voice recognition. AIDC devices are deployed in a wide range of environments, including: retail, warehousing, distribution & logistics and field service.

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Voice and the omnichannel advantage

Voice and the omnichannel advantage

Within the retail industry, warehouses have traditionally been tasked with fulfilling bulk consignments to the store. This involves putting in place a highly efficient methodology whereby all tasks – from picking and replenishment, to stock moves, stock count, stock cycles etc. – are executed in a highly efficient manner.

By Philip Jarrett, director of sales & marketing, BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd.

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Warehouse Management System and Voice-directed picking space – including those concerning SaaS/Cloud and Big Data.

Strategies for securing retail payment data

Strategies for securing retail payment data

By André Stoorvogel, Director, Product Marketing in the Payments Group at Rambus.

Pin on mobile set to revolutionise the payments industry, says Mypinpad

Pin on mobile set to revolutionise the payments industry, says Mypinpad

Mypinpad, the payments software authentication solutions provider, today released its eBook highlighting the Company's capability to service the emerging PIN on Mobile (PoM) market.

Wirecard provides IKEA Southeast Asia with payment eco-system for its new online business

Wirecard provides IKEA Southeast Asia with payment eco-system for its new online business

The global technology group Wirecard provides a regionally managed payment gateway solution for online IKEA shops in Southeast Asia.

SATO appoints Atsushi Suzuki as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

SATO appoints Atsushi Suzuki as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

SATO, provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, has appointed Atsushi Suzuki as CTIO (Chief Technology & Innovation Officer).

The rise of Scan and Go technology and how it works

The rise of Scan and Go technology and how it works

By Julian Wallis, Sales Director in the Payments Group at Rambus.

Testplant survey reveals critical business 'App Gap'

Testplant survey reveals critical business 'App Gap'

Research demonstrating the acute pressure that businesses are under to deliver apps in the IoT and digital era, has just been released by digital automation intelligence specialist, Testplant.

Five steps retailers are taking for analytics-driven success

Five steps retailers are taking for analytics-driven success

By Katarina Hansson, Director Retail Industry, Teradata International.

As a retailer, the clock is ticking if you are yet to adopt advanced analytics – and it's not a case of 'if' but 'when' in terms of doing so.

New Sainsbury's mobile app could reduce in-store friction, says Qmatic

New Sainsbury's mobile app could reduce in-store friction, says Qmatic

The trial of Sainsbury's checkout-less technology, which enables customers to pay for goods on their mobile phone in the retailer's Euston store, shows the prominent role that mobile technology will play in the reduction of friction in the retail environment.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC)

 

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) refers to the methods of automatically identifying objects, collecting data about them, and entering that data directly into computer systems (i.e. without human involvement). Technologies typically considered as part of AIDC include bar codes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), biometrics, magnetic stripes, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), smart cards, and voice recognition. AIDC is also commonly referred to as “Automatic Identification,” “Auto-ID,” and "Automatic Data Capture."

 

Barcoding has become established in several industries as an inexpensive and reliable automatic identification technology that can overcome human error in capturing and validating information. AIDC is the process or means of obtaining external data, particularly through analysis of images, sounds or videos. To capture data, a transducer is employed which converts the actual image or a sound into a digital file which can be later analysed. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is relatively a new AIDC technology which was first developed in 1980’s. The technology acts as a base in automated data collection, identification and analysis systems worldwide

 

In the decades since its creation, barcoding has become highly standardised, resulting in lower costs and greater accessibility. Indeed, word processors now can produce barcodes, and many inexpensive printers print barcodes on labels. Most current barcode scanners can read between 12 and 15 symbols and all their variants without requiring configuration or programming. For specific scans the readers can be pre-programmed easily from the user manual.  

 

Despite these significant developments, the adoption of barcoding has been slower in the healthcare sector than the retail and manufacturing sectors. Barcoding can capture and prevent errors during medication administration and is now finding its way from the bedside into support operations within the hospital.

 

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object. It can also be read only or read-write enabling information to be either permanently stored in the tag or it can be read-write where information can be continually updated and over-written on the tag.

 

RFID has found its importance in a wide range of markets including livestock identification and Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) systems and are now commonly used in tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to track the location of each product they make from the time it's made until it's pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping cart.

 

These automated wireless AIDC systems are effective in manufacturing environments where barcode labels could not survive. They can be used in pharmaceutical to track consignments, they can also be used in cold chain distribution to monitor temperature fluctuations. This is particularly useful to ensure frozen and chilled foods have not deviated from the required temperature parameters during transit.

 

Cost used to be a prohibitive factor in the widespread use of RFID tags however the unit costs have reduced considerably to make this a viable technology to improve track and trace throughout the supply chain. Many leading supermarket chains employ RFID insisting that their suppliers incorporate this technology into the packaging of the products in order to improve supply chain efficiency and traceability.

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