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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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.

Proceed to checkout? Not on your mobile, say researchers

Proceed to checkout? Not on your mobile, say researchers

Shoppers hoping to bag a bargain in the post-Christmas sales are much less likely to go through with their purchases if they are using phones and tablets to buy goods online.

Brits spend £1.2 million on post-Christmas return to work

Brits spend £1.2 million on post-Christmas return to work

Sales of mobile transport tickets reached £1.2 million on Tuesday 2nd January, 17 times more than in 2015, proving that the Great British public are more mobile than ever before.

The rise of the payments facilitator – Getting control of the merchant services charge

The rise of the payments facilitator – Getting control of the merchant services charge

By Adina Ahmed, Director of Anderson Zaks, and Mark McMurtie, Independent payments consultant and Director of Payments Consultancy Ltd.

SIX launches mPRIME – the new mobile payment terminal

SIX launches mPRIME – the new mobile payment terminal

SIX is introducing a new mobile terminal – mPRIME – offering merchants and traders maximum flexibility for cashless payments. mPRIME allows payments to be processed quickly, easily and securely via the merchant's tablet or smartphone (iOS or Android).

Datalogic IMPACT Software 11.11, enabling advanced OCR

Datalogic IMPACT Software 11.11, enabling advanced OCR

Datalogic, has introduced the 11.11 IMPACT software release, designed to bring new functionalities to the MX-E and MX-U vision processors delivering the new Advanced OCR tool, an intuitive and easy to use vision tool for challenging Optical Character Recognition applications.

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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