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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Digital AI waiter helps to get restaurants and bars back to work

Digital AI waiter helps to get restaurants and bars back to work

An AI powered digital waiter and menu service, w8r.ai has launched to help restaurants, cafes and bars to safely re-open their doors as lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted.

Shaws, the Ireland-based department store chain, selects Mobile POS solutions from Eurostop to aid social distancing with stores reopening

Shaws, the Ireland-based department store chain, selects Mobile POS solutions from Eurostop to aid social distancing with stores reopening

Mobile POS to provide seamless flow from customer service to final transaction Shaws, Ireland’s leading department store chain is to implement Eurostop’s mpos one-device mobile POS solution to support social distancing in-store.

UK consumers reluctant to give up data but still value personalised experiences

UK consumers reluctant to give up data but still value personalised experiences

Half (50%) of UK consumers are unwilling to share their personal data with retailers over concerns about how this is being used, with those aged over 55 revealed to be the least willing to provide any data (56%), according to a survey from REPL Group.

Warehouse and supply chain management in the new normal

Warehouse and supply chain management in the new normal

Following the unveiling of Manhattan Associates’ Manhattan Active Warehouse Management solution at the company’s recent online Momentum Connect customer conference, Retail Technology Review spoke with the company’s UK managing director, Craig Summers, about the current warehousing and supply chain landscape – including the rise of omnichannel and the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic........

More major restaurant and pub groups sign with ground-breaking order and payment platform – to reopen safely amid huge social distancing challenge

More major restaurant and pub groups sign with ground-breaking order and payment platform – to reopen safely amid huge social distancing challenge

OrderPay, the ordering and payment app, has announced further partnerships with a clutch of high-profile restaurant companies and pub groups as large swathes of the out-of-home food and drink market build towards a safe reopening in the coming weeks – and amid the challenges of social distancing.

Sikka Software announces new service empowering retail healthcare to rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Sikka Software announces new service empowering retail healthcare to rebound from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Sikka Software has launched  Sikka Insights, a new analytics service that encompasses the retail healthcare ecosystem of practices, manufacturers, distributors, financial institutions and service providers.

Datalogic invests in AWM Smart Shelf, an AI and computer vision company

Datalogic invests in AWM Smart Shelf, an AI and computer vision company

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has made an investment in AWM Smart Shelf, a California-based artificial intelligence and computer vision company.

Automate returns safely with inventory quarantine

Automate returns safely with inventory quarantine

As the apparel retail industry prepares to open its doors again, phased re-openings hinge on a safe shopping environment for both employees and customers.

Access control via fingerprint with DoorBird and ekey

Access control via fingerprint with DoorBird and ekey

The new DoorBird IP video intercom now provides an option for adding access control via an ekey fingerprint scanner. The D2101FV EKEY door station is equipped with a cutout for installing the ekey home FS UP I fingerprint reader.

IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

IDTechEx: How is COVID-19 shaping the future mobility landscape?

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the automotive industry has been hit hard by shutdowns of factories and sales around the world. The pandemic has slowed down global car sales and is shifting consumer behaviours in travel. Over the long term, COVID-19 could have a lasting impact on the mobility landscape.

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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