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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Scandit showcases new MatrixScan scanning and AR tracking capability at RBTE

Scandit showcases new MatrixScan scanning and AR tracking capability at RBTE

Scandit, developer of software-based barcode scanning solutions for smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices, demonstrated its new scanning feature, MatrixScan, at Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE) 2017 in London. Scandit also demonstrated a range of additional mobile data capture solutions.

Augmented reality – what’s the ROI?

Augmented reality – what’s the ROI?

By Richard Corps, MD and co-founder of Ads Reality.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the future of marketing as it applies a digital and interactive layer to anything within the real world. From enhancing how we communicate and entertain ourselves to the way we work and solve problems, AR has the potential to transform how we interact with the world around us.

Omnichannel shoppers' loyalty demands move to mobile-first

Omnichannel shoppers' loyalty demands move to mobile-first

Omnichannel shoppers are increasingly demanding a mobile-first approach to loyalty, with their appetite for receiving offers through mobile channels overtaking physical loyalty cards and traditional, paper-based vouchers, a new report by iVend Retail, the global retail solution brand, suggests.

PervasID announces Space Ranger 9200 flat ceiling tile antenna reader system

PervasID announces Space Ranger 9200 flat ceiling tile antenna reader system

PervasID has announced its next generation flat ceiling tile antenna reader system, Space Ranger 9200.

The retailers' guide to millennial expectations

The retailers' guide to millennial expectations

By Dan Thornton, Head of Solution Development, Hughes Europe.

Tech-savvy millennials may be spending like no other generation before them, but their ravenous appetite for online content and data enables them to make well informed decisions about what to buy and where to shop.

Coupa scores customer win with JD Sports

Coupa scores customer win with JD Sports

Coupa Software has announced that UK sports fashion retailer, JD Sports Fashion plc (JD), has selected Coupa's cloud-based Procure-to-Pay (P2P) solution to integrate with its existing ERP system. By selecting Coupa, JD aims to offer an improved, simpler and more accessible P2P service to its store and office colleagues alike.

Paysafe enhances productivity and customer experience with NewVoiceMedia

Paysafe enhances productivity and customer experience with NewVoiceMedia

NewVoiceMedia, provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, has announced that the global payments company Paysafe increased its customer support centre productivity by 20 percent over the last year using NewVoiceMedia's ContactWorld for Service platform.

Personal shopping is out and virtual styling is in

Personal shopping is out and virtual styling is in

The idea of personal shopping is being replaced by virtual styling, according to new research by fashion company DV Closet.

Connected shopping reaches 'tipping point'

Connected shopping reaches 'tipping point'

New research from retail and shopper marketing agency, Savvy, suggests that the rise of the 'connected shopper' has now reached a tipping point.

European Reliance S.A selects Ideagen Pentana to digitise internal auditing operations

European Reliance S.A selects Ideagen Pentana to digitise internal auditing operations

European Reliance S.A, a comprehensive insurance company active in all modern sectors, is about to roll out a new internal auditing system developed by software firm Ideagen.

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.