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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A vision for the future of retail

A vision for the future of retail

In a retail landscape that is changing daily, you have to be prepared for constant evolution. Stand still for too long try to assess how to take the next step forward and you may in fact find yourselves two steps backwards, or worse - a Datalogic white paper.

New research: Payment fragmentation is the “new normal” across all markets

New research: Payment fragmentation is the “new normal” across all markets

Research published by RS2 examines the payment landscape across a number of global markets, and finds that proliferating payment channels and the expectations of consumers and merchants has made payment service processing increasingly complex.

Datalogic’s Memor 10 validated for Android Enterprise Recommended Programme

Datalogic’s Memor 10 validated for Android Enterprise Recommended Programme

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has announced that Memor 10 mobile computer has been validated for the ‘Android Enterprise Recommended’ programme for rugged devices.

Young fraud victims on the rise: new data reveals 24% rise in under-21s falling victim to identity fraud

Young fraud victims on the rise: new data reveals 24% rise in under-21s falling victim to identity fraud

Cifas, the UK fraud prevention service, has released startling new figures showing a marked increase in the number young people falling victim to identity fraud.

University of Southampton Student Union makes jisp its official deals app

University of Southampton Student Union makes jisp its official deals app

The University of Southampton Student Union, (SuSu) has announced a partnership agreement with Hampshire-based technology company, jisp that will give students a new incentive to take advantage of the latest deals from the city’s retailers.

ASOS customers can now shop the latest fashion with Google Assistant

ASOS customers can now shop the latest fashion with Google Assistant

ASOS, the global destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings, has become one of the first fashion retailers in the UK to launch on Google Assistant, meaning customers can discover the latest ASOS products across popular categories using just their voice.

‘Replace mobile hardware spend with mobile apps and BYOD.’ suggests Thumbtel’s CEO

‘Replace mobile hardware spend with mobile apps and BYOD.’ suggests Thumbtel’s CEO

With government departments and local authorities facing ongoing pressure to reduce spending, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is offering a solution for IT and telecoms departments in public sector organisations to replace capital expenditure on mobile devices with intelligent apps that staff can use on personal mobile phones, confirms Andy Munarriz, founder and CEO of Thumbtel.

APG's introduces SMARTtill Hybrid solution at the NACS Show 2018 in Las Vegas

APG's introduces SMARTtill Hybrid solution at the NACS Show 2018 in Las Vegas

APG Cash Drawer, a global manufacturer of cash management solutions has introduced its SMARTtill Hybrid Cash Management Solution which enables integrators to provide for Proof of Concept integration and pilots.

Eckoh plc secures significant US contract win worth $7.4m

Eckoh plc secures significant US contract win worth $7.4m

Eckoh, the global provider of secure payment products and customer contact solutions, has won a two-year contract worth $7.4m to provide secure payment solutions to one of the largest corporations in the United States.

How to supercharge the retail customer experience and revenue with RFID

How to supercharge the retail customer experience and revenue with RFID

By Alan Tamny, Global Product Management, Checkpoint Systems.

How can retailers maintain or even thrive in an environment in which brick and mortar sales and profits have become more challenging?

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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