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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Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic at the forefront of Android Enterprise implementations with the release of OEMConfig application

Datalogic has announced the first release of its OEMConfig application, one of the most important changes to Android management in recent years.

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

Datalogic launches new products for Industry 4.0: Matrix 300N 2MP, MXE-90 and S5N

With new product lines of smart sensors, image-based scanners, vision technology and robot guidance, Datalogic is offering new solutions for digital automation. The new systems have been developed to support industry 4.0 concepts and are helping users to automatically control, process and track their operations along their production lines.

Improve footfall flow with Checkpoint’s new One Way Surveillance Sensor

Improve footfall flow with Checkpoint’s new One Way Surveillance Sensor

Helping retailers to improve store planning and the flow of footfall, Checkpoint Systems – a global provider of source to shopper solutions – has launched the One Way Surveillance Sensor.

Brexit, staff costs and inaccurate data impacting profitability in wholesale businesses

Brexit, staff costs and inaccurate data impacting profitability in wholesale businesses

A new survey commissioned by OGL Computer, among 255 managers of wholesalers and distributors in the UK, reveals that 88% are using multiple software systems, and seem unable to break away from manual processes in managing business operations despite over a quarter (27%) citing those manual processes to be ineffective in managing business operations. Nearly all (98%) of respondents still used some level of manual processes.

Divido announces global partnership with Splitit for point-of-sale finance

Divido announces global partnership with Splitit for point-of-sale finance

Divido, the white label platform for point-of-purchase finance which is licensed by retailers and lenders, has announced a new partnership with Splitit Payments Ltd. (ASX:SPT), the global monthly instalment payments solution business. The partnership will see Divido offer Split’s monthly instalment payment solution to its customers.

£2million fund to boost productivity and tackle late payments

£2million fund to boost productivity and tackle late payments

The Government is giving £2million to projects to test innovative ways for SMEs to be more productive through accountancy and HR management technology.

jisp and SFD Systems add colour to frictionless shopping

jisp and SFD Systems add colour to frictionless shopping

Frictionless shopping has just become much easier and more engaging, as the lifestyle app jisp partners with SFD Systems to bring an advanced digital shelf edge payment solution.

How 5G will revolutionise retail payments

How 5G will revolutionise retail payments

Retail has increasingly become a mobile function to meet the needs of a constantly on-the-go consumer base, especially with the rise in popularity of mobile E- wallets. The introduction of 5G will only enhance innovations in retail technology and in turn, benefit the consumer.

Banking Circle and Konsentus crowned winners at the Emerging Payments Awards 2019

Banking Circle and Konsentus crowned winners at the Emerging Payments Awards 2019

Some of the most influential fintech companies gathered at the InterContinental Hotel – The O2 to celebrate this year’s movers and shakers at the 12th annual Emerging Payments Awards.

3 Ways suppliers can get their voice heard

3 Ways suppliers can get their voice heard

Ian Hall, COO, Atheon Analytics, outlines three key steps that will help suppliers of all sizes be heard in front of retailers.

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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