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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1 in 20 online stores has been breached by hackers, new research shows

1 in 20 online stores has been breached by hackers, new research shows

One in 20 online shopping sites has been infiltrated by hackers who are actively stealing customers' payment card details, according to new research by cyber security experts Foregenix.

Insights, take-aways and innovations from IRX and EDX’s seventh successful year

Insights, take-aways and innovations from IRX and EDX’s seventh successful year

Over 5,000 tech-savvy visitors from across the globe came together at the NEC for the co-located InternetRetailing Expo (IRX) and eDelivery Expo (EDX) this year.

Global shop solutions improves shop floor security and efficiency with RFID technology

Global shop solutions improves shop floor security  and efficiency with RFID technology

In today's cost-competitive manufacturing environment, shaving minutes or even seconds from processes performed hundreds or thousands of times a day can make a real difference in shop floor productivity.

Poor checkout process and lack of payment options main causes of abandoned online baskets, according to Ovum and Klarna

Poor checkout process and lack of payment options main causes of abandoned online baskets, according to Ovum and Klarna

Abandoned shopping baskets remain a significant issue for UK retailers, with checkout cited as the primary point for consumers to fall out the shopper journey, according to data from global analyst house Ovum and leading European payments provider Klarna.

TalkTalk Business awarded Mitel Platinum Partner Status

TalkTalk Business awarded Mitel Platinum Partner Status

TalkTalk Business has been awarded Platinum status by global market leader in enterprise communications, Mitel. This accolade has only been afforded to a select few, and TalkTalk Business is now one of only four Platinum Partners in the UK.

74% of shoppers ready to share data over in-store Wi-Fi if they can get offers

74% of shoppers ready to share data over in-store Wi-Fi if they can get offers

74% of shoppers are ready to share basic personal data over in-store Wi-Fi if it means they will receive discounts on products they are interested in, new research by Hughes Europe reveals.

Ergonomic Solutions introduces SpacePole Stack: Taking payment mounting solutions to another level

Ergonomic Solutions introduces SpacePole Stack: Taking payment mounting solutions to another level

Ergonomic Solutions has announced the launch of SpacePole Stack, an innovative payment mounting solution which enhances its existing range by offering an advanced composite solution which addresses many of the common issues found when mounting payment terminals.

Blue Yonder’s technology delivers improved product availability for Morrisons with shelf gaps down 30%

Blue Yonder’s technology delivers improved product availability for Morrisons with shelf gaps down 30%

Blue Yonder, the provider of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications for retail, has partnered with Morrisons to optimise replenishment and automate ordering of 26,000 ambient and long-life product SKUs in all its 491 stores.

Twiggle unveils search technology ‘that allows any online retail company to take on e-commerce giants’

Twiggle unveils search technology ‘that allows any online retail company to take on e-commerce giants’

Twiggle has announced the debut of its Semantic API, which instantly gives retailers the ability to add a semantic layer to their existing search engines and interact with their online customers in a more personal and natural way.

How retailers can use technology to become data driven in a multi-channel world

How retailers can use technology to become data driven in a multi-channel world

By Peter Ruffley, Chairman at Zizo.

The retail market has changed; Amazon et al have transformed customer expectations; digital native millennials have a very different outlook to previous generations; and the influence of external factors such as social media can be both good and bad.

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.