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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Retailers should get to know the people in their store - Box Technologies and Argus join forces to make biometrics in retail a reality

Retailers should get to know the people in their store - Box Technologies and Argus join forces to make biometrics in retail a reality

When it comes to knowing exactly who is in their store at a given time, it is likely most retailers have no idea. Argus Global (Argus), an innovator in the biometrics space and retail technology specialist, Box Technologies (Box), are hoping to reverse that trend, and have joined forces to launch facial recognition solutions for the retail sector.

Wirecard selects CorFire technology to deploy NFC-enabled payments and TSM solution

Wirecard selects CorFire technology to deploy NFC-enabled payments and TSM solution

CorFire has announced the collaboration with Wirecard AG, a global provider of payment solutoins, to allow near field communications service (NFC) to enable mobile payments across Europe.

EVO Payments International acquires Integrated Payments Software Licence from IP Commerce

EVO Payments International acquires Integrated Payments Software Licence from IP Commerce

EVO Payments International, LLC ('EVO'), the payments service provider, has acquired a perpetual software licence from IP Commerce, Inc. of Denver, Colorado.

New GTS Test & Replace™ Service eliminates negative financial impact of bad batteries for retailers

New GTS Test & Replace™ Service eliminates negative financial impact of bad batteries for retailers

The new Test & Replace Service from Global Technology Systems, Inc. (GTS) gives retailers a proactive way to manage their battery assets across the enterprise. Test & Replace is an efficient process that identifies, removes, and replaces the bad rechargeable batteries that cost them so much money in lost productivity every day.

New mobile app allows consumers to Pounce on products advertised in various media

New mobile app allows consumers to Pounce on products advertised in various media

Pounce (www.pounce.mobi) is a new, secure mobile app that makes shopping more convenient by allowing consumers to instantly buy products seen in print media.

Intermec adds two high-performance scanners to data capture portfolio

Intermec adds two high-performance scanners to data capture portfolio

Intermec, Inc. has announced two new innovative scanning solutions – the SF61B, a compact wireless mobility scanner optimised for distribution center (DC), transportation and logistics, field service and healthcare operations, and the SR31T – a robust tethered scanner for general purpose and light industrial environments.

Crown Paints brushes-up on cost savings with Aeromark Optimatics

Crown Paints brushes-up on cost savings with Aeromark Optimatics

Aeromark, the developer of the Optimatics mobile workforce management solution, has helped Crown Paints Ltd. to reduce both its mobile phone and vehicle tracking costs.

Sports science kicks off retail sea-change

Sports science kicks off retail sea-change

Shopper Retail Insight (SRI) is using the same sophisticated analytics used for assessing player performance in Premiership, Championship and Major League football clubs to deliver factual understanding of shopper behaviour. This innovative research tool offers retailers and brand owners an unmatched level of insight in rapid time.

ShopperTrak acquires RapidBlue

ShopperTrak acquires RapidBlue

ShopperTrak, the counter and analyser of retail foot traffic, has announced the acquisition of RapidBlue Solutions Oy, the European provider of retail data and analytics.

Lewis Group benefits from Exinda visibility, control and optimisation

Lewis Group benefits from Exinda visibility, control and optimisation

Lewis Group enjoying significantly improved performance of the wireless link between its Enterprise Resource Planning and Disaster Recovery datacentres, as well as superior levels of visibility of traffic, thanks to a highly effective WAN optimisation solution from Exinda, provider of next-generation WAN optimisation and network control 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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