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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VeriFone VeriShield Protect Technical Assessment White Paper

VeriFone VeriShield Protect Technical Assessment White Paper

A PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) recently conducted an independent technical assessment of VeriShield Protect, VeriFone's end-to-end encryption solution. The QSA found that VeriShield Protect can nearly eliminate the risk of card data compromise from a merchant's retail environment and dramatically reduce the scope of PCI compliance.

Apple's iPhone and iPod touch enhanced with Socket Mobile wireless 2D barcode scanner

Apple's iPhone and iPod touch enhanced with Socket Mobile wireless 2D barcode scanner

Socket Mobile, Inc., provider of mobile productivity solutions, has announced Apple iPhone and iPod touch OS 4 compatibility for the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7X and its antimicrobial equivalent, the CHS 7XRx.

Halfords picks Dematic small parts solution

Halfords picks Dematic small parts solution

Halfords has awarded Dematic a prestigious contract to install a picking system that combines pick to light, pick to voice and a Dematic Multishuttle Consolidation Buffer at the retailers new 310,000 sq ft Small Parts Picking Centre in Coventry.

Vocollect and the Voice-enabled warehouse

Vocollect and the Voice-enabled warehouse

Vocollect has announced the advent of what it calls the new Voice-enabled warehouse era.

Gerry Weber chooses Nordic ID as their handheld RFID supplier

Gerry Weber chooses Nordic ID as their handheld RFID supplier

The international, chain-wide RFID project stipulated high mobility requirements, which Nordic IDs PL3000 UHF RFID Cross Dipole computers fulfil.

RFID Wizard for EASYLABEL labelling software

EASYLABEL's RFID Wizard allows you to easily create EPC (Electronic Product Code) and DoD (Department of Defence) smart labels.

Datalogic Mobile and JD Sports Fashion strengthen partnership with Skorpio hand held terminal

Datalogic Mobile and JD Sports Fashion strengthen partnership with Skorpio hand held terminal

1,300 x Datalogic Skorpio rolled out throughout JD Sports Fashion stores.

Datalogic chosen by the Top French Retailers

Datalogic chosen by the Top French Retailers

30,000 readers installed throughout France for a value of approximately 5 million Euro

Greggs selects Image Integrators to drive process efficiency within Shared Services

Greggs selects Image Integrators to drive process efficiency within Shared Services

Image Integrators has been chosen to implement an Intelligent Capture solution for the processing of over 200,000 incoming purchase invoices at UK bakery retailer, Greggs plc.

Zetes renews over 6900 quick check scanners for Waitrose

Zetes renews over 6900 quick check scanners for Waitrose

Zetes was awarded a contract with Waitrose to supply and support 6940 hand held devices available for shoppers who use the Quick Check self-scanning system.

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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