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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Only 36% of top UK retailers fully secure online store

Only 36% of top UK retailers fully secure online store

The shopping season is upon us and, like every year, many of us choose to buy online instead of trawling through the shops. But do UK retailers ensure shoppers can trust their websites?

In the loop: how technology can enhance customer service for the hearing impaired –UK’s largest disabled group

In the loop: how technology can enhance customer service for the hearing impaired –UK’s largest disabled group

The spending power of disabled customers in the UK is estimated at £249bn. But the high street is yet to maximise income from the ‘Purple Pound’ because of a lack of awareness, poorly-maintained facilities or assistive technology that could smooth the interaction between customer and staff.

Datalogic unveils SLS-SA5, the second model of its Laser Sentinel safety laser scanners family

Datalogic unveils SLS-SA5, the second model of its Laser Sentinel safety laser scanners family

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced SLS-SA5, the second model of the Laser Sentinel safety laser scanners family.

Formpipe celebrating World Digital Preservation Day with support of Digital Preservation Coalition

Formpipe celebrating World Digital Preservation Day with support of Digital Preservation Coalition

Formpipe, specialist provider of enterprise content management software, is to participate in the upcoming World Digital Preservation Day, as part of its continued commitment to help preserve business assets.

Is Amazon coming to Stockholm?

Is Amazon coming to Stockholm?

With new entrants gobbling up the retail digital market share while traditional chains struggle online, The Retail Hive’s latest interactive program explored ways to exploit digital and data to engage the connected customer – and asked how Amazon or other major online players could impact the retail sector in Stockholm.

Ingenico Group and Sberbank launch acceptance of Mir cards for international online stores

Ingenico Group and Sberbank launch acceptance of Mir cards for international online stores

Ingenico Group, the seamless payment solutions provider, has entered into a strategic partnership with Russia bank Sberbank to enable international online merchants to accept the national MIR Card Payment System.

New AREX400 family of laser markers by Datalogic: Mark the Difference!

New AREX400 family of laser markers by Datalogic: Mark the Difference!

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the new AREX400 family of laser markers based on fiber technology for industrial applications.

84% of UK workers who use a laptop report an increase in workplace productivity

84% of UK workers who use a laptop report an increase in workplace productivity

The once commonplace desktop PC has been relegated to Britain’s dusty workplace store room, joining relics such as the fax machine and the landline phone, while the retail sector adopts tablets and smart devices at breakneck speed and ahead of other business sectors.

SIX Payment Services supports Europe’s high-end retailers to accept Alipay, the Chinese shoppers’ favourite payment method

SIX Payment Services supports Europe’s high-end retailers to accept Alipay, the Chinese shoppers’ favourite payment method

Following a successful partnership between SIX and Alipay, Chinese travellers will now be able to use their trusted and convenient way of paying through the Alipay mobile app at the world’s most popular high-end retail stores in Europe. Wolford and Samsonite are amongst the big names that not only appeal to Chinese shoppers but also benefit from the strong purchasing power of this market group.

BEC secures one of its most successful years to date

BEC secures one of its most successful years to date

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd. – a leading supplier of data capture and voice solutions for the supply chain, logistics and manufacturing industries – is currently enjoying one of its most successful years so far within its 24-year history.

One particularly impressive triumph for the company was its recent securing of Honeywell’s Vocollect Platinum Total Solution Provider (TSP) Status

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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