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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UPM Raflatac supplies RFID tags to NP Collection's intelligent clothes store

UPM Raflatac supplies RFID tags to NP Collection's intelligent clothes store

Finnish apparel company NP Collection has opened one of the most advanced intelligent clothes stores in Hollola, Finland.

Highlights from RFID Europe 2008

Highlights from RFID Europe 2008

IDTechEx's RFID Europe 2008 event, staged in Cambridge, UK, once againdelivered an excellent show for all attendees.

Ryzex lowers total cost of ownership of data capture technology

Ryzex lowers total cost of ownership of data capture technology

Ryzex, a leading mobile technology services company, has launched i-Refresh, a new service offering that will enable organisations to take advantage of free electronic data capture repairs for a full year.

Mojix Inc. launches company and unveils revolutionary new class of RFID System

Breaking through the economic and technical barriers to large-scale, high-volume RFID deployment, Mojix, Inc. has offers the Mojix STAR RFID system.

New barcode heralds major changes for retail store systems

New barcode heralds major changes for retail store systems

A fundamental change is taking place in the world of bar codes, for the first time since bar coding was introduced to retail packaging over 35 years ago.

How barcodes add brand value

How barcodes add brand value

Today the world turns on bar code technology. Without it the carefully choreographed dance of just-in-time manufacture, warehouse management, distribution, inventory control and stock replenishment would unravel...

GS1 UK launches Data Quality initiative

Sainsburys and Britvic co-chair industry forum to standardise product information.

Datalogic Mobile Handheld Terminals measure up at Dunelm Mill

Datalogic Mobile Handheld Terminals measure up at Dunelm Mill

The terminals are used in the fabric department after the customer has selected the fabric they want to purchase, an assistant scans a bar code menu to identify the brand and type.

Future Store in Tnisvorst

Future Store in Tnisvorst

Exactly 100 days after the opening of the real,- Future Store in Tnisvorst, North Rhine-Westphalia, METRO Group and its sales division real,- draw a first interim balance:

AIM Global Announces Public Review of New Bar Code Specification

AIM Global Announces Public Review of New Bar Code Specification

DotCode Document Available for Download and Comment

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.