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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Advantech launches LEO-WS10 handheld dimensioning and barcode scanner for improved operational efficiency

Advantech launches LEO-WS10 handheld dimensioning and barcode scanner for improved operational efficiency

Advantech, provider of industrial computing solutions, has launched its LEO-WS10 handheld dimensioning and barcode scanner.

Experts share latest trends in public data collection

Experts share latest trends in public data collection

Organisations are relying on data more than ever and this upward trend is set to continue for a while. This provides an opportunity for the public data collection industry to mature and progress, putting more focus on data quality, ethics, and the employment of more advanced technical solutions. These were the key messages industry experts shared at the prominent web scraping conference OxyCon 2021.

Digital sea change for shipping and global supply chains

Digital sea change for shipping and global supply chains

By Mohan Naidu, FPT UK Managing Director.

The international shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of around 90% of world trade.

Advantech AIW-355 5G module accelerates the next wireless transformation

Advantech AIW-355 5G module accelerates the next wireless transformation

Advantech, the global provider of industrial wireless solutions, has released the newest member of the AIW-300 series - the AIW-355.

77% of UK T&L leaders believe that mobile tech will be critical to deliveries within 5 years

77% of UK T&L leaders believe that mobile tech will be critical to deliveries within 5 years

Two-thirds (77%) of the UK’s transportation and logistics (T&L) leaders (71% globally), believe that mobile-first technology will be critical to deliveries in just five years’ time, new global research from mobile and IoT management solutions provider, SOTI, has found.

Almost half of shoppers only stay loyal to brands for discounts

Almost half of shoppers only stay loyal to brands for discounts

With retailers desperate to entice shoppers back through their doors after months of disruption, new global research from retail experts, Emarsys, reveals that almost half (45%) of shoppers only stay loyal to brands due to being regularly offered discounts, points, and rewards.

Omni-ID joins HID Global to help create RFID powerhouse

Omni-ID joins HID Global to help create RFID powerhouse

Omni-ID has been acquired by HID Global, worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions.

How will Apple’s iOS15 update impact email marketing and the customer experience?

How will Apple’s iOS15 update impact email marketing and the customer experience?

By Sam Holding, Head of International at SparkPost.

In June this year, Apple announced Mail Privacy Protection for their Mail app on iOS 15, a software update that can be automatically installed on every compatible Apple device.

How technology is changing the face of petrol station forecourts

How technology is changing the face of petrol station forecourts

By Kit Kyte, CEO, Checkit.

Today’s fuel stations are already looking very different to the ones we knew 20 years ago. But the changes are set to accelerate in the coming months and years.

5 Top Benefits of Using Practice Management Software

5 Top Benefits of Using Practice Management Software

By Dan Coleman, freelance writer.

The key to success for any accounting firm, no matter how big or small, is organisation and efficiency. It is vital that you are able to track the company's progress. To achieve this, you need to ensure you are using the right tools and choosing the correct practice management software can be essential in helping your business run smoothly.

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)

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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