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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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RFID is on the rise – and DENSO joins in: Experts for mobile data capture at the 'RFID & Wireless iOT tomorrow 2017'

RFID is on the rise – and DENSO joins in: Experts for mobile data capture at the 'RFID & Wireless iOT tomorrow 2017'

Companies are willing to invest in the digital transformation of their business. This was recently shown in the results of the 'Digital Change Study' done by business software provider IFS.

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Why DENSO’s handheld terminals and scanners are ideal assets for companies

Over the past decades, the use and importance of information technology in companies has changed fundamentally. Thus, information technologies are no longer used purely on an operational level; however, the strategic and widespread use of IT is now common in many companies.

Majority of EMEA retailers plan to increase investment in payments, survey by ACI and Ovum finds

Majority of EMEA retailers plan to increase investment in payments, survey by ACI and Ovum finds

55 percent of retailers and merchants in the EMEA region are planning to increase their investment into new payment capabilities in the next 18 to 24 months, according to the 2017 Global Payments Insight Survey: Merchants and Retailers by ACI Worldwide and Ovum.

Murata’s RAIN RFID tag works perfectly on metal surfaces

Murata’s RAIN RFID tag works perfectly on metal surfaces

Murata has announced the LXFLANMXMG-003, a RAIN RFID tag designed for use on metal components and surfaces.

Engineering careers in retail: Yes, they do exist

Engineering careers in retail: Yes, they do exist

Engineers play a very important role in business, but one area that many people don’t consider when they think about engineering is retail. Surprisingly, there are a few career options for engineers who want to work in the retail industry.

Increased requirements in retail – DENSO scores with innovative scanners and handheld terminals

Increased requirements in retail – DENSO scores with innovative scanners and handheld terminals

Customers have high expectations of retail businesses nowadays. In order to make shopping in a retail store an experience, retail companies must have full control not only at the point of sale (POS), but also in the warehouse for the inventory processes.....

Migrants across the globe can send money to all major mobile wallets in Tanzania, Uganda and all mobile numbers in Nigeria

Migrants across the globe can send money to all major mobile wallets in Tanzania, Uganda and all mobile numbers in Nigeria

TerraPay, the mobile payments switch and Instant Cash, one of the fastest growing money transfer companies in the world, have teamed up to enable real-time cross border money transfers to mobile wallets.

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.

Auto Trader UK works with IOVOX to drive customer trust and visibility into call data

Auto Trader UK works with IOVOX to drive customer trust and visibility into call data

Auto Trader is the UK's largest digital automotive marketplace, sitting at the heart of the vehicle buying process with the mission of helping retailers to compete effectively in the marketplace and sell more vehicles, faster.

3C Payment's Integra Pay@Counter terminal solution achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Payment Interface for Oracle Hospitality

3C Payment's Integra Pay@Counter terminal solution achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle Payment Interface for Oracle Hospitality

3C Payment a Gold Level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of the 3C Integra Pay@Counter terminal solution with Oracle Payment Interface (OPI) version 6.1.

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.