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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Trellisworks launches Quickstart managed service to control data costs for temporary high-speed wireless connectivity sites

Trellisworks launches Quickstart managed service to control data costs for temporary high-speed wireless connectivity sites

Specialist wireless technology and network design provider, Trellisworks, has launched Quickstart, a fully managed service for businesses requiring reliable high-speed wireless connectivity on temporary sites that monitors data usage across all connected devices and avoids unexpected data overage costs by alerting the customer as soon as a data limit is close to being reached.

Voxware study finds early holiday shoppers have highest expectations for order fulfilment

Voxware study finds early holiday shoppers have highest expectations for order fulfilment

Voxware has released survey data that indicates early holiday shoppers expect short delivery windows for the items they purchase online or over the phone.

Yorkshire security sets sights on awards quintet

Yorkshire security sets sights on awards quintet

A Yorkshire tech company which is helping to lead the fight against fraudsters is setting its sights on a quintet of national accolades after developing a software solution aimed at helping businesses to combat telephone payment fraud.

SML RFID Group charts significant RFID expansion; opens three new Technology Centres

SML RFID Group charts significant RFID expansion; opens three new Technology Centres

As the global retail market continues its march to adopt RFID, SML RFID is opening three new RFID Solution Innovation Centres, and has launched two RFID Retail pop up stores demonstrations over the past few weeks to satisfy the industry's growing appetite for information, guidance and production.

Adyen adds WeChat Pay to its platform globally

Adyen adds WeChat Pay to its platform globally

Adyen, the payments company powering global commerce for Uber, Facebook and Netflix amongst others, has added WeChat Pay to its portfolio of local payments methods.

Virtual1 partners with Acronis to meet the growing demand for Cloud backup services in the UK

Virtual1 partners with Acronis to meet the growing demand for Cloud backup services in the UK

Acronis, the hybrid cloud data protection and storage solutions provider, has announced that the London-based network operator Virtual1 has selected Acronis Backup Cloud to power its flagship cloud-based backup solution, 1Backup.

RFID system simplifies access control for operating personnel at machines and plants

RFID system simplifies access control for operating personnel at machines and plants

With its new Simatic RF1000 RFID system, Siemens is offering a flexible, simple solution to monitor access to machines and plants using the new Simatic RF1060R reader.

ip.access launches major update to Presence data monetisation service

ip.access launches major update to Presence data monetisation service

ip.access has launched a major upgrade of its Presence data monetisation service with the release of a new next generation sensor.

Modernising the warehouse puts Raleigh ahead of the pack

Modernising the warehouse puts Raleigh ahead of the pack

Ask anyone in the UK to remember their first bike and the chances are that one brand is mentioned more fondly than any other – Raleigh.

The company is one of the most successful bicycle brands in history, stretching back to its foundations in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, in 1885, and growing to become one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of bicycles and accessories in the UK and around the world.

Datalogic introduces the RIDA DBT6400 area imager

Datalogic introduces the RIDA DBT6400 area imager

Datalogic has introduced the RIDA DBT6400 2D area imager. A cordless device with Bluetooth wireless technology which is to be used in connection with mobile devices. The elegant and stylish design is small, pocket-sized and fits perfectly into the palm of a hand.

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.