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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Treating retailers like a consumer, not a distribution channel

Treating retailers like a consumer, not a distribution channel

By Paul Swaddle, Co-Founder, Pocket App.

We're all used to the idea that 'the customer is always right', when it comes to ensuring consumers are satisfied with your product – and it's a bit of wisdom has certainly carried over into the reviews-driven world of app stores. But it's worth remembering that this doesn't just apply to the end consumer.

DENSO launches BHT-1700 and BHT-1800

DENSO launches BHT-1700 and BHT-1800

DENSO, part of the Toyota group and inventor of the QR code, has just launched two new innovative Android handhelds, which, claims the company, both take size and ergonomics to a new level.

The data advantage – why accessible analytics could be the key to retail success

The data advantage – why accessible analytics could be the key to retail success

By Mark Hinds, CEO of Polymatica.

UK retailers are feeling more pressure than ever before due to rising costs and increased competition, as such, they should be doing everything they can to remain competitive.

Paying by finance, why every Millennial wants in

Paying by finance, why every Millennial wants in

By Christer Holloman, CEO & Co-founder, Divido.

More often than not, you will hear stories in the news of millennials complaining that their generation is hard done by, but can you really blame them?

UK businesses benefit from Chief Data Officers without hiring

UK businesses benefit from Chief Data Officers without hiring

Cynozure, the data and analytics strategy consultancy, has announced its CDO Hub, a service for businesses of all sizes to access the very best data expertise, as and when needed.

SIX Payment Services supports World Vision Switzerland’s financial sustainability with a new recurring donations functionality

SIX Payment Services supports World Vision Switzerland’s financial sustainability with a new recurring donations functionality

Subscription commerce has inspired SIX Payment Services to develop a payment solution for recurring donations that revolutionises the charity industry. World Vision Switzerland, one of the country's largest NGOs, is the first non-profit organisation to benefit from the new payment solution by SIX.

Datalogic Falcon X3 supports rapid growth at ABS Holdings

Datalogic Falcon X3 supports rapid growth at ABS Holdings

Datalogic has announced that leading omni-channel reseller, ABS Holdings, is using the Falcon X3 to improve the company's Hampshire-based pick, pack and shipping operations.

PayPoint agrees landmark deal with eBay to access the Collect+ network for parcel deliveries

PayPoint agrees landmark deal with eBay to access the Collect+ network for parcel deliveries

PayPoint and eBay have signed a strategic partnership that will enable eBay sellers and buyers to access the Collect+ network for convenient click and collect parcel services.

New appointment strengthens vertical focus for Datalogic in the UK and Ireland

New appointment strengthens vertical focus for Datalogic in the UK and Ireland

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and industrial automation solutions provider, is has strengthened its vertically aligned UK&I team for manufacturing with the addition of new sales manager and industry expert, Kamran Farooq.

BEC secures partnership with Apex Supply Chain Technologies

BEC secures partnership with Apex Supply Chain Technologies

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd has formed a partnership with Apex Supply Chain Technologies Ltd., a market-leading manufacturer of secure automated locker solutions.

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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