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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BS PAYONE and Retail Pro International equip Benetton flagship store in London with innovative mobile tablet POS solution

BS PAYONE and Retail Pro International equip Benetton flagship store in London with innovative mobile tablet POS solution

BS PAYONE GmbH, a full-service payment provider based in Frankfurt am Main, and Retail Pro International (RPI), developer of the customisable,cross-platform Retail Pro POS and retail management software, are equipping the Benetton Group's London flagship store with a mobile POS and payments system that empowers the realisation of their redefined retail experience.

2 in 5 data-driven initiatives are failing in the retail industry, with 43 per cent of failures due to a skills shortage

2 in 5 data-driven initiatives are failing in the retail industry, with 43 per cent of failures due to a skills shortage

New research by Exasol, the analytic database provider, has found that almost half of data-driven initiatives are failing in retail organisations.

Cobalt Iron and SCC join forces to offer a fully automated enterprise data protection solution in the UK and Ireland

Cobalt Iron and SCC join forces to offer a fully automated enterprise data protection solution in the UK and Ireland

Cobalt Iron Inc., provider of cloud-based data protection, and SCC, the independent European IT business, have announced a reseller partner agreement.

HydraPOD payment solution for marinas

HydraPOD payment solution for marinas

HTEC provides some of the world’s leading retailers with EPOS, payment and loyalty solutions, whilst also being a leading provider of Outdoor Payment Terminals (OPT), supplying to marinas, airports, truck stops and petrol forecourts.

Detego introduces ‘Smart Shield’ – its latest development in RFID-based inventory management software

Detego introduces ‘Smart Shield’ – its latest development in RFID-based inventory management software

Detego, the business intelligence solutions provider for fashion retailers, has released the latest development for its RFID-based inventory management software with a feature the company calls ‘Smart Shield’.

True Fit boosts confidence with 2D intimates

True Fit boosts confidence with 2D intimates

True Fit, the data-driven personalisation platform for footwear and apparel retailers, now offer’s fit recommendations for consumers shopping for bras online. The feature supports a full size range, including plus size, in the US and sizing systems throughout Europe and Australia.

UK shoppers demand faster in-store payments that replicate ‘one-click’ transactions online

UK shoppers demand faster in-store payments that replicate ‘one-click’ transactions online

Speed and convenience prove key to enhancing customer experience around in-store payments, a new report from RetailEXPO reveals.

34% of traffic and 28% of orders for large online fashion retail brands come directly from search and social

34% of traffic and 28% of orders for large online fashion retail brands come directly from search and social

34% of traffic, 28% of orders and 26% of the total order value for large online fashion retailers comes directly from search and social sites including Google and Facebook, new global researchsuggests.

Gartner predicts top 10 global retailers will use real-time in-store pricing by 2025

Gartner predicts top 10 global retailers will use real-time in-store pricing by 2025

Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2025, the top 10 global retailers by revenue will leverage contextualised real-time pricing through mobile applications to manage and adjust in-store prices for customers.

New robotics: Shifting business models

New robotics: Shifting business models

IDTechEx Research analyses the changing trends in the robotics industry in its report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players, as new and emerging firms challenge the norm.

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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