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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Early adopters lead in ownership of VR headsets, smartwatches and smart speakers​

Early adopters lead in ownership of VR headsets, smartwatches and smart speakers​

Early adopters in various economies are dominating demand for leading-edge electronics devices, with these elite consumers owning 61 percent of all virtual reality (VR) headsets, 49 percent of all smartwatches and 43 percent of all smart speakers, according to a multinational survey conducted by IHS Markit.

Alipay and Adyen Partner to streamline global payment experiences for users, merchants and businesses

Alipay and Adyen Partner to streamline global payment experiences for users, merchants and businesses

Adyen, the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, has announced a collaboration with Alipay, the payment and lifestyle platform.

Conker launches SX50 barcode scanner and drives productivity

Conker launches SX50 barcode scanner and drives productivity

Conker, a British producer of business rugged tablet, touch screen and mobile devices, has launched its SX50 barcode scanner.

How can retailers leapfrog the competition using low-code?

How can retailers leapfrog the competition using low-code?

By Nick Pike, VP UK and Ireland, OutSystems.

Every month we hear yet another negative retail story and without a doubt this is an industry going through huge transformation. With changing consumer shopping habits there is enormous pressure on retailers – both online and offline – as they look at shifting their business models and digitising their business.

SML announces RFID TotalCare to enable retailers and brand owners to simplify RFID adoption and maximise returns

SML announces RFID TotalCare to enable retailers and brand owners to simplify RFID adoption and maximise returns

SML RFID, the full-service RFID solution provider, has announced the launch of its RFID TotalCare offering, an all-in-one systemic package of its item-level RFID tagging and software solutions. This is aimed to better serve retailers by simplifying compliance, adoption, reducing risk and maximising value across a range of retail environments.

Discovering shoppers’ purchases from competitors with AI-based intelligence

Discovering shoppers’ purchases from competitors with AI-based intelligence

GfK has launched Attribution+, an AI-based solution for grocery and drugstore retailers to gain valuable intelligence on shoppers.

Renovotec introduces 'Enhanced Rental' rugged hardware scheme--first public showing at IMHX 2019

Renovotec introduces 'Enhanced Rental' rugged hardware scheme--first public showing at IMHX 2019

Renovotec, the UK rugged hardware, software and services provider, is introducing a ‘Renovotec Enhanced Rental’ scheme for supply chain rugged hardware users – a rental enhancement with full support but no price increase.

SICK shrinks UHF RFID read/writing

SICK shrinks UHF RFID read/writing

SICK has launched what it claims to be the smallest industrial UHF RFID read/write device of its kind, the RFU610, creating new opportunities to integrate RFID track and trace capability in automated machines and mobile vehicles in warehousing, materials handling, and logistics environments.

Summer, vacation, lost luggage: How RFID tracking can help with lost bags at the airport

Summer, vacation, lost luggage: How RFID tracking can help with lost bags at the airport

Airlines want to use RFID technology to create solutions for lost baggage. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that from 2020, each piece of luggage will be equipped with an RFID tag.

Why true standardisation is key to harmonisation

Why true standardisation is key to harmonisation

By Arnaud Crouzet, VP Security & Consulting at FIME.

Standardisation is prolific in any digital sector and the payments world is no different. However, despite the existence and widespread adoption of global payment standards, we’ve still yet to achieve true standardisation. This is a pertinent and complex issue for today’s market. But what are the complexities making interoperability such a priority? And how can we achieve harmonisation in payment standards?

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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