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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Use mobile data capture to streamline everyday retail processes

Use mobile data capture to streamline everyday retail processes

By Samuel Mueller, CEO, Scandit.

Retailers can obtain a wealth of real-time enterprise data with mobile barcode scans.

From scrolling to sales: the future of mobile retailing

From scrolling to sales: the future of mobile retailing

By Craig Smith, VP of solutions & customer success, Amplience.

Mobile retailing has become a pivotal milestone in consumer buying habits, with over half of online sales being made through mobile devices, reports IMRG.

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

By Andrew Blatherwick, Chairman, RELEX Solutions.

The industry may have been talking about RFID for 20 years, but it still has not come into common use or delivered significant value to retailers.

Integrated Maxoptra GeoPal solution is game changer for Clearhill

Integrated Maxoptra GeoPal solution is game changer for Clearhill

Retail entertainment equipment specialist, Clearhill, is automating its service operation with an integrated route optimisation and mobile workforce solution from Maxoptra.

Ideagen launch new enterprise safety management and incident reporting software, Ideagen Coruson

Ideagen launch new enterprise safety management and incident reporting software, Ideagen Coruson

Software firm Ideagen has launched Ideagen Coruson – a re-brand of its enterprise safety management and incident reporting software.

Zoho CRM introduces Zia, AI-powered sales assistant; Blueprint, a process automation tool; SalesSignals and Telephony Platforms

Zoho CRM introduces Zia, AI-powered sales assistant; Blueprint, a process automation tool; SalesSignals and Telephony Platforms

Zoho has unveiled Zia, the new Zoho CRM intelligent sales assistant, powered by AI, that detects anomalies, suggests workflows and macros, and advises salespeople the best time to contact a prospect.

WiFi SPARK broadens search to increase partner network

WiFi SPARK broadens search to increase partner network

WiFi SPARK, the provider of guest and visitor WiFi, is broadening its partner network. The Exeter based vendor is keen to extend its current network with like-minded partners to take advantage of the rapidly expanding market.

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

The DENSO Auto-ID Business Unit, part of the Toyota group, is launching the new UR20 scanner series in spring 2017. These new readers, UR21 and UR22, are both equipped with the most modern RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification).

TerraPay joins forces with MoneyTrans and Paga to make cross border remittance easy between Europe and Nigeria

TerraPay joins forces with MoneyTrans and Paga to make cross border remittance easy between Europe and Nigeria

TerraPay, a mobile-first international payment network, has partnered with MoneyTrans, the Money Transfer company established in Europe and Africa as well as Paga, Nigeria's pioneering payments and financial services company to launch cross-border remittances from Spain to mobile wallets in Nigeria.

Barix and Pricer to demonstrate new multi-sensory retail experience solution at EuroShop

Barix and Pricer to demonstrate new multi-sensory retail experience solution at EuroShop

IP audio and control solutions provider, Barix, continues to make in-roads into the global retail industry with SoundScape, its cloud-based solution for the management and distribution of background music and targeted advertising.

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.