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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RFID: Beyond retail and passive use

RFID: Beyond retail and passive use

By James Daniels, freelance writer.

Data comes in many different forms and is something we encounter every day, even though we might not be aware of it. Most of us are also generating tremendous volumes of data without ever realising it.

'Follow the money' – How retail marketers can avoid mobile app install fraud

'Follow the money' – How retail marketers can avoid mobile app install fraud

Performance marketing-related ad spend now represents almost half of all digital ad spend.

How festivals are engaging audiences through mobile

How festivals are engaging audiences through mobile

By Paul Swaddle, Chairman and Co-founder of Pocket App.

Festival season is officially in full swing. From Glastonbury to Wireless and from Love Box to T in the Park, the UK plays host to some of the greatest musical spectacles in the world over the summer months.

Enterprise mobility initiatives stifled by poor information management practices, finds M-Files

Enterprise mobility initiatives stifled by poor information management practices, finds M-Files

Research commissioned by M-Files Corporation, the intelligent information management company, has revealed that poor information management practices are preventing UK businesses from realising the true potential of mobile and remote working.

RFID market to reach $11.2 billion in 2017

RFID market to reach $11.2 billion in 2017

Based on the new report 'RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2017-2027', IDTechEx Research finds that in 2017, the total RFID market will be worth $11.2bn, up from $10.52bn in 2016 and $9.95bn in 2015.

SolarWinds MSP launches Backup Documents-delivering fully automated cloud backup of business documents

SolarWinds MSP launches Backup Documents-delivering fully automated cloud backup of business documents

SolarWinds MSP, a supplier of scalable IT service management solutions, has announced the launch of SolarWinds Backup Documents.

NewVoiceMedia unveils speech analytics solution as part of Summer '17 release to unlock the hidden value in customer conversations

NewVoiceMedia unveils speech analytics solution as part of Summer '17 release to unlock the hidden value in customer conversations

NewVoiceMedia has announced its Summer '17 release, which includes a new integrated speech analytics solution set to make organisations' sales and service teams more successful.

Immediate payments are a key revenue driver for 66% of banks in markets with IP schemes

Immediate payments are a key revenue driver for 66% of banks in markets with IP schemes

Immediate payments is a key revenue driver for 66% t of banks in markets with IP schemes, according to new benchmark data, "2017 Global Payments Insight Survey: Retail Banking," from ACI Worldwide and Ovum.

Retailer Alert: the EU data privacy landscape has already changed

Retailer Alert: the EU data privacy landscape has already changed

With less than a year to go before organisations which process, use or exchange consumers' personal data within the EU need to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), eCommerce systems integrator Tryzens has highlighted how this new directive will impact retailers, and what key steps brands will need to take to mitigate the impact when the regulation becomes enforced from 25th May 2018.

Retailer Alert: the EU data privacy landscape has already changed

Retailer Alert: the EU data privacy landscape has already changed

With less than a year to go before organisations which process, use or exchange consumers' personal data within the EU need to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), eCommerce systems integrator Tryzens has highlighted how this new directive will impact retailers, and what key steps brands will need to take to mitigate the impact when the regulation becomes enforced from 25th May 2018.

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.