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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BEC secures one of its largest hardware deals in its company history with Malcolm Logistics

BEC secures one of its largest hardware deals in its company history with Malcolm Logistics

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd has recently secured one of its largest hardware deals in its company history, thanks to a recent contract win with long-term business partner Malcolm Logistics, one of the UK's leading providers of logistics services.

Mobile barcode scanning – Capturing top performance without breaking the bank

Mobile barcode scanning – Capturing top performance without breaking the bank

By Samuel Mueller, CEO, Scandit.

Purchasing barcode scanners has become a matter of varied choices. No longer are enterprises restricted to selecting from an array of dedicated scanners or traditional mobile computers.

AXIT launches multifunctional logistics app

AXIT launches multifunctional logistics app

With 'AX4 mobile' AXIT has launched an app which flexibly and easily enhances the cloud-based logistics IT platform AX4 by various mobile applications.

Voiteq launches its 'next generation' business intelligence solution, VoiceMan Data Analysis, at IMHX

Voiteq launches its 'next generation' business intelligence solution, VoiceMan Data Analysis, at IMHX

Voiteq, global provider of Voice-directed work solutions, has launched its powerful 'next generation' business intelligence solution VoiceMan Data Analysis at IMHX 2016.

Omnico powers COOP Denmark’s mobile loyalty app

Omnico powers COOP Denmark’s mobile loyalty app

Mobile loyalty app rollout scheduled for 1 October 2016 alongside 150 year anniversary celebrations of the grocery brand

Tracking innovation technology sees Road specialist Freightex shortlisted for Global Freight Award 2016

Tracking innovation technology sees Road specialist Freightex shortlisted for Global Freight Award 2016

European road service Freightex and data aggregator and unifier GateHouse Logistics have jointly announced that Freightex's service offering incorporating the unique ghTrack data tracking technology has been shortlisted in the innovation category of the Global Freight Awards 2016. The Awards are run in association with Lloyds List.

CSL signs agreement to license RFID patents from Round Rock Research

CSL signs agreement to license RFID patents from Round Rock Research

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, has announced that Round Rock Research, LLC (Round Rock) had granted CSL an RFID patent license. The agreement provides CSL with a license to the complete portfolio of RFID technology patents held by Round Rock.

Harting's new robust mid-range RFID reader offers highly flexible tailored customer solutions

Harting's new robust mid-range RFID reader offers highly flexible tailored customer solutions

Harting's new Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader is a highly flexible unit which combines extremely robust construction for use in the toughest industrial environments with flexible modular software that allows it to be tailored to a wide range of applications.

New smartphone app ‘to cut risk of fire injury – and fire door fines’

New smartphone app ‘to cut risk of fire injury – and fire door fines’

Retailers are risking the safety of customers - as well as incurring fines of up to £2,000 per incident and two years' imprisonment - by failing to ensure fire doors are unlocked during times of occupancy. Penalties can reach nearly £100,000 in some instances for multiple offences identified in a single fire safety inspection.

TerraPay expands footprint in 32 countries in Europe through acquisition of Pay2Global

TerraPay expands footprint in 32 countries in Europe through acquisition of Pay2Global

TerraPay, a mobile-first international network, has completed the acquisition of UK-based Pay2Global Ltd., following regulatory approvals. In an outright purchase, TerraPay has acquired 100% of Pay2Global for an undisclosed amount.

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.