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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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B2M Solutions names a ‘cool vendor’ in mobile and wireless analytics by Gartner

B2M Solutions names a ‘cool vendor’ in mobile and wireless analytics by Gartner

B2M Solutions, provider of mobile device analytics solutions that deliver actionable insights, today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the May 2017 Cool Vendors in Mobile and Wireless Analytics, 2017 report by Gartner, Inc.

Abbyy intelligent capture accelerates digital transformation of business operations

Abbyy intelligent capture accelerates digital transformation of business operations

Abbyy, provider of technologies and solutions to action information, has announced a new version of Abbyy FlexiCapture.

Late payment crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws, say four in five SMEs, and could deepen thanks to unintended consequences

Late payment crisis will not be solved by new payment practice laws, say four in five SMEs, and could deepen thanks to unintended consequences

The vast majority (74%) of SME do not think new guidelines, forcing large businesses to detail how they pay smaller suppliers, will have an impact on late payments, according to new findings from Crossflow Payments, the supply chain finance platform.

Datalogic previews new products and solutions at RBTE 2017

Datalogic previews new products and solutions at RBTE 2017

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, previewed new products and technology at the Retail Business Technology Show (RBTE) 2017, the Europe's biggest, best and fastest growing annual event for retail & hospitality.

How fast are Retailers adopting RFID?

How fast are Retailers adopting RFID?

By Dean Frew, CTO and SVP RFID Solutions, SML RFID.

According to recent news, statistics and insight from industry experts about the apparel business and omnichannel retailing, universal RFID adoption is a done deal within the industry. Or is it?

Sorted - a new delivery app launched at RBTE

Sorted - a new delivery app launched at RBTE

A new app, Sorted, has been launched with a pinky promise to put both retailers and consumers in charge of the delivery experience.

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.

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.