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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Gift card and voucher sales grow despite challenging trading conditions

Gift card and voucher sales grow despite challenging trading conditions

The UK’s gift card and voucher market has grown by 7.2% year-on-year, according to the latest analysis carried out by the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKCGVA) and KPMG UK.

Vista Global in revolutionary partnership with Collins Aerospace

Vista Global in revolutionary partnership with Collins Aerospace

The business aviation space is changing. With the advancements in technology comes a revolutionary partnership between Vista Global and Collins Aerospace. Part of United Technologies, Collins has stated it will provide “the fasted broadband speeds available within the United States” and it’s LuxStream offering will be the only service providing incredible bandwidth speeds of up to 25Mbs in the US and 15Mbs globally........

Huawei reveals Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan, collaborating with the industry to win a Trillion-Yuan market

Huawei reveals Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan,  collaborating with the industry to win a Trillion-Yuan market

During Huawei Connect 2019, Huawei introduced its Intelligent Campus Ecosystem Plan and the intelligent HiCampus solution jointly developed with partners for enterprise customers in China and beyond. The announcement came during an intelligent campus summit themed around "bringing digital to every campus for pervasive intelligence."

Epiq launches global information governance services to manage sensitive legal and corporate data

Epiq launches global information governance services to manage sensitive legal and corporate data

Epiq has introduced enhanced information governance services to help clients efficiently and compliantly manage their electronically stored information in all environments, including on premise servers, in the cloud, or in hybrid systems.

What devices are consumers using for online shopping in 2019?

What devices are consumers using for online shopping in 2019?

Online shopping is slowly supplanting the high street and the supermarket as the most popular form of commerce worldwide, with 87% of retail perchance in the UK alone now made online.

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.

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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