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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Zebra Technologies helps retailers take personal shopping to the next level

Zebra Technologies helps retailers take personal shopping to the next level

PS20 personal shopper solution helps retailers deliver a superior customer experience and improve sales

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's rugged mobile computers go smarter with new terminal emulation software

Honeywell's ultra-rugged, mobile computers for distribution centres now feature terminal emulation software to help workers perform their tasks more efficiently via user-friendly and intuitive device interfaces.

Over half of us prefer to shop with retailers who offer self-checkouts

Over half of us prefer to shop with retailers who offer self-checkouts

Brits are increasingly turning towards retailers who offer self-service payment options, with over half of us (57%) opting to avoid human interaction during the retail experience, according to a new study.

New rate your delivery app from Maxoptra helps boost home delivery customer satisfaction

New rate your delivery app from Maxoptra helps boost home delivery customer satisfaction

Maxoptra routing and scheduling software now includes a new app which allows consumers to score their delivery experience and provide instant feedback.

With ‘Mi Rewards’ shopping local never felt so good

With ‘Mi Rewards’ shopping local never felt so good

Savvy shoppers can now feel rewarded for buying local as sector experts, Miconex and technology partner Stampeet, begin the first stage of a nationwide rollout of ‘Mi Rewards’ their cardless rewards scheme that gives back to those supporting local businesses.

Asda selects HCL Technologies to help drive IT transformation

Asda selects HCL Technologies to help drive IT transformation

HCL Technologies (HCL) has been selected to help drive IT transformation at the UK’s third-largest grocery retailer, Asda.

Parrots and carrots – is payment technology going too far, too fast?

Parrots and carrots – is payment technology going too far, too fast?

By Ian Benn, Senior Vice-president, Ingenico.

This summer we saw two fun payment stories that caught my attention: pleasingly, one was about carrots and the other, parrots. Both bring a smile and a pause for thought about how rapid change in payment technologies affect behaviour.

Sustainable data centres ‘critical’ to future of business

Sustainable data centres ‘critical’ to future of business

DigiPlex has released the results of a new survey, conducted in connection with IDG Connect, which reveals dramatic shifts in business attitudes and awareness in a time of incredible digital transformation.

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

By Nick Pike, Vice-President, EMEA, OutSystems.

The invention of the barcode revolutionised the retail industry, making it possible for individual stores to stock a far wider range of products and to diversify their offering to appeal to a broader market. Walmart was an early adopter of barcodes, and the technology is credited with launching that retail giant’s rise to marketplace domination.

Datalogic to showcase extensive range of products at PPMA 2018

Datalogic to showcase extensive range of products at PPMA 2018

Datalogic, the global automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, and producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking equipment, will be showcasing a wide range of products to visitors of this month's PPMA.

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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