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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LightSpeed 3.6 boosts speed of retail platform, redesigns key features to maximise retailers' profits

LightSpeed 3.6 boosts speed of retail platform, redesigns key features to maximise retailers' profits

LightSpeed has announced the latest upgrades to its core platform with the release of LightSpeed 3.6.

The Health Store invests in Accord with wall-to-wall Voice

The Health Store invests in Accord with wall-to-wall Voice

Supply chain software specialist BCP continues to grow its client portfolio with the addition of new customer, The Health Store, which is making a 300,000 investment in BCP's Accord software suite, including wall-to-wall Voice Directed WMS, for its head office in Nottingham.

Retailers can now close the recycling loop thanks to e-Badge

Retailers can now close the recycling loop thanks to e-Badge

e-Badge from sustainable retail design specialists 4G Design, is set to make a major impact on the way retailers tackle the waste generated from frequent store refits when it is launched this month.

YESpay's EMV payment solutions listed on PA-DSS list of validated payment applications

YESpay's EMV payment solutions listed on PA-DSS list of validated payment applications

YESpay International has received validation from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council for compliance of its payment client EasyV-Terminal with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS).

ReD launches Fraud Alert, bringing together issuers and merchants to reduce chargebacks

ReD launches Fraud Alert, bringing together issuers and merchants to reduce chargebacks

Retail Decisions (ReD), the payment fraud prevention and payment processing solutions provider, has announced the ReD Fraud Alert service, which enables issuers and merchants to easily exchange vital information in the fight against fraud.

Games expert Hasbro selects Zetes data capture system

Games expert Hasbro selects Zetes data capture system

Hasbro Ireland, the European manufacturing site for the Branded Play Company behind famous games like Monopoly, Connect 4 and Operation, has implemented a warehouse optimisation system from Zetes Ireland, based in Limerick and Dublin.

Retailers take SMS sales seriously as text codes hit the High Street

Retailers take SMS sales seriously as text codes hit the High Street

A new way to entice customers to purchase via text message has reached the High Street, as adverts including 'txt2buy' appear on television and in newspapers and magazines.

Commidea gets behind the new point-to-point encryption requirements

Commidea gets behind the new point-to-point encryption requirements

UK payment service provider, Commidea, is supporting the new PCI Security Standards Council's (SSC) PCI Point-to-Point Encryption Solution Requirements released recently.

Ergonomic Solutions brings security and investment protection for retail iPad users with the launch of SafeGuard

Ergonomic Solutions brings security and investment protection for retail iPad users with the launch of SafeGuard

Ergonomic Solutions, a designer and supplier of mounting and security solutions within the retail sector, has announced the availability of its SafeGuard mounting solution for the Apple iPad product.

Retailers take SMS sales seriously as text codes hit the High Street

Retailers take SMS sales seriously as text codes hit the High Street

A new way to entice customers to purchase via text message has reached the High Street, as adverts including 'txt2buy' start to appear on television and in newspapers and magazines.

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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