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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Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Lack of live order tracking could be costing retailers lost conversions and customer loyalty, the latest research from Sorted, the delivery experience company, warns.

Formpipe further demonstrates commitment to data management with support of Digital Preservation Coalition

Formpipe further demonstrates commitment to data management with support of Digital Preservation Coalition

Formpipe, has announced its support of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). The backing of the DPC underpins Formpipe's on-going commitment to data integrity and preservation.

BEC achieves Platinum Partner Status with Honeywell Vocollect

BEC achieves Platinum Partner Status with Honeywell Vocollect

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd, a leading supplier of data capture and voice solutions for the supply chain, logistics and manufacturing industries, has achieved Honeywell's Vocollect Platinum Total Solution Provider (TSP) Status.

Moss Bros. partners with Klarna to let shoppers buy first and pay later

Moss Bros. partners with Klarna to let shoppers buy first and pay later

Payments provider Klarna has announced a partnership with Moss Bros. — the UK men's formalwear specialist.

Molton Brown improves stock accuracy with Datalogic Memor

Molton Brown improves stock accuracy with Datalogic Memor

Datalogic has announced that its Memor mobile computer is being used by luxury fragrance brand Molton Brown to improve stock accuracy and visibility across its network of 58 independent stores located in the UK, Ireland and USA and at selected concessions housed within 15 to 20 high-end department stores.

Lowe Rental extends RFID system to Asia

Lowe Rental extends RFID system to Asia

Supplier of rented fridges, freezers and catering equipment – Lowe Rental – is extending its use of RFID tracking to its Far East and Gulf operations after successfully deploying the technology in Europe.

DocStar mobile app enables anytime, anywhere business collaboration and improves responsiveness

DocStar mobile app enables anytime, anywhere business collaboration and improves responsiveness

Epicor Software Corporation, the global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced that its free DocStar ECM Mobile App is now available on the App Store and Google Play.

The Fragrance Shop joins forces with Klarna to bring customers pay after delivery option

The Fragrance Shop joins forces with Klarna to bring customers pay after delivery option

European payments provider Klarna has announced a new partnership with The Fragrance Shop, the UK independent fragrance retailer.

HighStreet Collective launches retail innovation report series

HighStreet Collective launches retail innovation report series

Retail innovation group, HighStreet Collective, launched their first quarterly report that measures the top 12 technologies used in brick and mortar retail. This is not your run-of-the-mill, tech-speak-for-fellow-techies report, however.

Reality check: Mobile Payments in Germany – could cashless and contactless become meaningless?

Reality check: Mobile Payments in Germany – could cashless and contactless become meaningless?

Instead of counting notes and coins or entering a PIN, smartphones have the potential to become a popular method of payment in Germany.

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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