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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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IntelliChief ECM capture enterprise reduces document management cost of transactions

IntelliChief ECM capture enterprise reduces document management cost of transactions

IntelliChief, LLC, a provider of automated document management and workflow enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, has announced the latest release of IntelliChief ECM Capture Enterprise reduces transaction document management cost for Accounting to process.

China International Vending Machines & Self-service Facilities Fair 2018

China International Vending Machines & Self-service Facilities Fair 2018

China VMF 2017 was successfully concluded with 21,080 person-time visitors (up 40%) and 230 exhibitors, including 80% China's top suppliers such as Easy Touch, Ubox, Kubota, TKB, Fuji Electric, Easivend, Kimma, TCN, Fu Lei, Foxconn, Yinhai Star, Convenisun, Joyi Vendor, etc.

Voiteq announces the appointment of new UK Sales Director

Voiteq announces the appointment of new UK Sales Director

Voiteq the global provider of voice solutions, has appointed Matt Gregory as UK Sales Director.

The Importance of being Agile...

The Importance of being Agile...

The evolving role of mobile computing in food and convenience retailing....an executive brief by Datalogic.

Every day the food and grocery industry feeds nearly 64 million people, living in over 27 million households across the UK. A feat that can only be achieved through the combined efforts of many hundreds of thousands of people working across different parts of the grocery supply chain.

Multi-tasking Brits are embracing mobile working…but it’s not as easy as it could be

Multi-tasking Brits are embracing mobile working…but it’s not as easy as it could be

Dubber today announced the findings of research designed to better understand how prevalent mobile working is in the UK, and how well supported workers are to maximise productivity when away from their desk.

SML Group unveils small form factor retail RFID inlays powered by NXP’s UCODE 8 chip

SML Group unveils small form factor retail RFID inlays powered by NXP’s UCODE 8 chip

Retail RFID solutions provider SML Group introduced what it describes as the first production ready small form factor RFID inlay for the retail industry using the super high sensitive RFID chip, UCODE 8, from NXP.

Diebold Nixdorf debuts enhanced mobile and cloud-based customer engagement solutions at the NRF BIG Show

Diebold Nixdorf debuts enhanced mobile and cloud-based customer engagement solutions at the NRF BIG Show

Diebold Nixdorf has introduced the company's latest software-driven technologies at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) BIG Show, the annual retail event, held from Jan. 14-16 in New York.

Datalogic debuts new retail technology at NRF 2018

Datalogic debuts new retail technology at NRF 2018

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, has debuted new retail technology at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2018 at booth 3135.

Capgemini helps Smartly deliver an innovative mobile app to accurately bill Norwegians for their electric car charging consumption

Capgemini helps Smartly deliver an innovative mobile app to accurately bill Norwegians for their electric car charging consumption

Capgemini is helping Smartly, a company that provides a range of applications that support digital home services, to deliver an innovative way for Norwegians to use and pay for electric car charging stations.

Datalogic is The Heart of Retail at NRF 2018

Datalogic is The Heart of Retail at NRF 2018

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, is The Heart of Retail at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 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.

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