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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Checkpoint unveils new system that tracks real-time in-store occupancy

Checkpoint unveils new system that tracks real-time in-store occupancy

Checkpoint Systems has launched a new system to help retailers view in-store occupancy levels and receive alerts in real-time.

Fluent Commerce joins commercetools software marketplace to support omnichannel retail

Fluent Commerce joins commercetools software marketplace to support omnichannel retail

Fluent Commerce, a provider of Fluent Order Management software, has announced a global partnership with commercetools – the headless platform for B2B and B2C commerce.

Cyber Tech company highlights a number of major flaws in COVID 19 bluetooth and proximity tracing Apps

Cyber Tech company highlights a number of major flaws in COVID 19 bluetooth and proximity tracing Apps

VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) the British cyber security company founded by tech entrepreneur Louis-James Davis has highlighted a number of serious and major flaws in the proposed bluetooth proximity apps that are current being discussed as a way of tracking the COVID 19 virus.

PCI Pal launches new capability to deliver secure payment services to businesses with home and remote workers within 48 hours

PCI Pal launches new capability to deliver secure payment services to businesses with home and remote workers within 48 hours

PCI Pal, the global provider of secure payment solutions, has launched a rapid deployment version of its payment services. PCI Pal Rapid Remote delivers PCI compliant payment services at an accelerated pace, and enables organisations to continue handling customer payments in a secure and compliant way even when working remotely or from home, with minimal notice.

ProGlove elevates Charlie Grieco to Chief Revenue Officer

ProGlove elevates Charlie Grieco to Chief Revenue Officer

North American sales leader takes on global role to bring the company’s featherlight wearable barcode scanners to businesses seeking solutions for greater supply chain efficiency and individual worker ergonomics

Nuggets Digital ID and Payments co-founder named Entrepreneur of the Year at Booking.comTechnology Playmaker Awards

Nuggets Digital ID and Payments co-founder named Entrepreneur of the Year at Booking.comTechnology Playmaker Awards

Booking.com has named Seema Khinda Johnson, co-founder of blockchain-powered payments and ID platform Nuggets, as Entrepreneur of the Year in its annual Booking.com Technology Playmaker Awards.

PayPoint secures full ownership of Collect+ parcel service

PayPoint secures full ownership of Collect+ parcel service

PayPoint has announced a deal with Yodel to take full ownership of Collect+, the UK parcel network.

Every Little Helps: Raising Contactless Payment limits can help fight the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Every Little Helps: Raising Contactless Payment limits can help fight the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

By Peter Lumsden, Ergonomic Solutions.

The advertising slogan ‘Every Little Helps’ is used by one of the UK’s leading supermarket chains and seems to have greater relevance than ever as we collectively fight the battle against the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Supermarket self-checkouts and card machines can contribute to spread of Covid-19

Supermarket self-checkouts and card machines can contribute to spread of Covid-19

Will Broome, CEO of Ubamarket, discusses the importance of convenience and hygiene amid Coronavirus fears and discusses role of tech in retail.

How the QR Code can help companies comply with the new receipt law

How the QR Code can help companies comply with the new receipt law

Since January 2020, the obligation to issue a receipt, the so-called Bonpflicht, has been in effect in Germany. Retailers and business owners have been forced to deal with the new receipt law ever since. However, the QR Code, invented by DENSO WAVE, part of the Toyota group, can function as a digital alternative to the printed receipt.

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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