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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UK shoppers shun fingerprint scanners and facial recognition in favour of traditional passwords

UK shoppers shun fingerprint scanners and facial recognition in favour of traditional passwords

New research from global financial technology provider FIS has found that UK consumers remain wary of anti-fraud technologies like biometrics, while at the same time are growing increasingly worried about having their personal information hacked.

Société Générale Wins Best Global Deployment Award Powered by GigaSpaces

Société Générale Wins Best Global Deployment Award Powered by GigaSpaces

GigaSpaces, the provider of InsightEdge, the in-memory real-time analytics processing platform, has announced that Société Générale was honored at the 25th annual American Financial Technology Awards in New York as the winner of best global deployment powered by GigaSpaces in-memory computing platform.

UK retailers to regain £7.23 million each year by going cashless

UK retailers to regain £7.23 million each year by going cashless

Analysing the annual revenue of the UK retailers with the fastest profit growth reveals a total potential recovery of £7.232 million each year as a result of refusing cash payments.

NetApp appoints Matt Watts as Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, and promotes Johannes Wagmueller to Lead Solutions Engineering in the Geo

NetApp appoints Matt Watts as Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, and promotes Johannes Wagmueller to Lead Solutions Engineering in the Geo

NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, has appointed Matt Watts to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), EMEA, and promoted Johannes Wagmueller to lead solutions engineering, EMEA. Watts and Wagmueller report to Alexander Wallner, Senior Vice President & General Manager for NetApp in EMEA, and join his executive leadership council.

Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. has released initial findings from its comprehensive research project that addresses Windows Mobile going end of life in 2020. Rugged device manufacturers have selected Android as the new operating system, requiring a tailored technological shift for all enterprises leveraging Windows Mobile devices for their automated data collection processes.

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

2020 predictions for enterprise mobility

Android Continues to Expand in the Enterprise while iOS falters. Android has steadily evolved into a platform of choice for many enterprises, with a wide array of choices in rugged and consumer-grade devices available from a variety of manufacturers.

Are robots finally getting a good reputation? Advanced report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

Are robots finally getting a good reputation? Advanced report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

A new report from Advanced, one of the UK’s largest software and services providers, has revealed workers’ increasing hunger for innovation to improve the way they work. Findings from its Annual Trends Survey for 2019-20show that disruptive tools are fast earning their spot as must-have tools in the day-to-day workplace.

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED and RFKeeper expand their RFID Solutions

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED and RFKeeper expand their RFID Solutions

DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED and RFKeeper conclude a business collaboration agreement aiming at expanding their RFID solutions and increasing their awareness level in the market.

Women's Payments Networks join forces

Women's Payments Networks join forces

The Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) and the European Women Payments Network (EWPN) share a mission to create better opportunities for women and the men that advocate for them in the fintech and payments industries.

Invisible payments to take the stage as the new commerce norm

Invisible payments to take the stage as the new commerce norm

Payvision, a global fintech and omnichannel payments provider, has released a new ebook exploring the future of commerce payments. The research looks into how the next generation of payments is reinventing the shopping experience, giving merchants clear insight into key strategic retail trends.

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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