Tyco Retail Solutions has announced a new industry milestone for its Sensormatic brand anti-theft source tagging programme achieving 40 billion consumer items protected for retailers globally.
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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Menarys recently installed Futura's integrated loyalty module, Futura4Loyalty, to support a new reward card scheme across its store network.
Checkpoint Systems introduces CheckCare real-time service for electronic article surveillance customers
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Checkpoint Systems has introduced the CheckCare Real-time Service, offering its EVOLVE and Liberty/3G Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) customers the convenience of remote support for fast, streamlined service and maintenance.
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Allied Bakeries has selected VoiteQ to maintain and support their estate of over 280 Vocollect Talkman devices.
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Russell Berry, MD of AppCreatives.co.uk the UK producer of mobile applications, argues why retailers need to act now to take advantage of increasing trends in mobile shopping or risk being left behind all together.
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Vocollect, Inc. has introduced its new flagship Voice-centric solution set, which helps distribution centres (DCs) and warehouses significantly improve productivity, accuracy and total cost of ownership across the broadest range of workflows with the most complete set of solutions.
In a changing world that is driven by advances in technology has the concept of 'cash' been left behind?
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Consult Hyperion's 14th Digital Money Forum to discuss the relevance of cash and seeks to find viable alternatives from industry experts and thought leaders.
Jan 11, 2011 Comments (0)
That pick by voice solutions significantly streamline order picking processes by reducing workflow steps has been long talked about among logistics companies.
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Cognex Corporation has announced the new DataMan 500 image-based barcode reader. DataMan 500 is designed to achieve higher read rates, offer improved on-line visualization and have higher reliability than laser scanners currently in use in the logistics, postal and retail distribution markets.
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Intermec, Inc. has expanded its award-winning SR61T industrial scanning portfolio, including the all-new SR61THP high performance scanner, the SR61TXR extra range scanner and the SR61T2D industrial range imager.
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.