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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Komprise adds virtual data lake capability to reduce cost of finding data for analysis

Komprise adds virtual data lake capability to reduce cost of finding data for analysis

Komprise has announced general availability of its 2.11 release which includes a new Deep Analytics feature that addresses the biggest concern with big data analytics - searching across multiple storage platforms to identify the right data sets to analyse.

72% of business data breaches came via unsecured wireless devices

72% of business data breaches came via unsecured wireless devices

UK businesses need to be more aware of the security vulnerabilities their wireless devices present, new research has revealed.

STL announces an integrated software-defined solution for access networks

STL announces an integrated software-defined solution for access networks

STL, a global data network solutions company, has unveiled its programmable FTTx (pFTTx) solution for fiber-based access connectivity at ONF (Open Networking Foundation) Connect 2019 held at Santa Clara, California.

Compact for convenience - the G40, Checkpoint Systems newest space-saving EAS antenna

Compact for convenience - the G40, Checkpoint Systems newest space-saving EAS antenna

Checkpoint Systems has launched the G40, a small footprint acrylic antenna specifically designed to tackle theft in convenience stores.

Zebra unveils next-generation 2D imagers for retail, healthcare, electronics manufacturing industries

Zebra unveils next-generation 2D imagers for retail, healthcare, electronics manufacturing industries

Zebra Technologies Corporation has introduced the new DS4600 series of 2D handheld imagers featuring models purpose-built for retail, healthcare and electronics manufacturing environments.

FutureProof Retail announces a new partnership with IT Retail

FutureProof Retail announces a new partnership with IT Retail

FutureProof Retail (FPR), provider of the latest line-free mobile checkout technology, offers merchants a more powerful, efficient and modern alternative to self-checkouts.

Cobalt Iron introduces Cyber Shield built-in cybersecurity for Adaptive Data Protection

Cobalt Iron introduces Cyber Shield built-in cybersecurity for Adaptive Data Protection

Cobalt Iron Inc., provider of cloud-based data protection, has announced Cyber Shield, an extension of its Adaptive Data Protection SaaS solution that locks down and shields its customers' backup data from loss, corruption, or attack.

More than half of businesses identify easy access to their documentation as a priority, Kyocera finds

More than half of businesses identify easy access to their documentation as a priority, Kyocera finds

In a world where documentation and data dominate, 52% of organisations prioritise easy access to their information as a key objective. This insight was taken from How Lack of Document Storage Space Impacts Enterprises, the latest whitepaper from Kyocera Document Solutions Europe, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies.

Decathlon UK launches revolutionary sport activity platform

Decathlon UK launches revolutionary sport activity platform

Sports retailer Decathlon has launched its new Sport Activity and Advice Platform, PLAY, a platform that shares information on every sport, as well as connecting external gyms, studios and sport classes to their large UK-wide database of active sports people.

Worldline wins contract extension with PayPal and facilitates mobile payments in Latin America

Worldline wins contract extension with PayPal and facilitates mobile payments in Latin America

Worldline, the European payment and transaction services provider, has announced the extension of its contract with PayPal for an additional 3 years.

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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