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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New Town and City Gift Cards site aims to revive UK high streets

New Town and City Gift Cards site aims to revive UK high streets

Loyalty and gift card provider Miconex has developed a new Town and City Gift Cards website that features over 50 of its gift card programmes in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Cashfree payments set to drive small business recovery in the retail sector, Tyl by NatWest data reveals

Cashfree payments set to drive small business recovery in the retail sector, Tyl by NatWest data reveals

More than a quarter, (24%) of British SME retailers have reported that all payments made to their business are already contactless as the sector adjusts to the rapid increase in e-commerce and online transactions, accelerated by the pandemic.

Supporting the UK’s most loved charities with pennies through the Covid Second wave

Supporting the UK’s most loved charities with pennies through the Covid Second wave

Pledjar, a new mobile app that allows users to donate rounded-up pennies from everyday purchases, has teamed up with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to support the UK’s most loved charities.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab Active3 – built for the modern workforce

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has launched the new Galaxy Tab Active3, a rugged tablet based on the popular Tab Active2 design to meet the rigor of today’s mobile workforce with a sleek, compact design for portability.

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

The wearable sensor industry will be worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, having tripled in size since 2014. This comes despite the significant economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a reduction in the total revenue this year.

DENSO implements more sustainability in retail

DENSO implements more sustainability in retail

DENSO WAVE offers high-end Auto-ID solutions for the retail sector, that have a long-term and sustainable effect.

Large surge in demand for money apps amid environmental fears and Brexit changes

Large surge in demand for money apps amid environmental fears and Brexit changes

Growing demand for green, paperless banking and fears over post-Brexit rule changes have triggered a “monumental surge” in enquiries for money and challenger bank apps, reveals deVere Group, the independent financial advisory and fintech organisation.

Computop takes action to offer carbon-neutral payments

Computop takes action to offer carbon-neutral payments

Computop, the global payment processor, has set out its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and providing a climate-conscious service for its customers by becoming part of Leaders for Climate Action, the global group of entrepreneurs and start-up companies that are contributing to the fight against global warming.

Ingenico reveals end-to-end vending solution that enables a faster and seamless way to pay

Ingenico reveals end-to-end vending solution that enables a faster and seamless way to pay

Ingenico Group, the global provider of seamless payment solutions, has launched Smart Self for Vending, an intelligent end-to-end solution dedicated to improving customer journeys in all unattended environments.

New research shows how COVID-19 has changed UK consumers’ payment habits

New research shows how COVID-19 has changed UK consumers’ payment habits

Survey shows that consumers have embraced contactless payments in a big way during the global pandemic.

A new survey of UK consumers indicates that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the ways that people are paying for goods and services offline. 

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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