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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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.

New developments to boost Asia Pacific mobile payments market

New developments to boost Asia Pacific mobile payments market

The Asia Pacific region is expected to have one of the fastest growing mobile-payments markets as consumers in the region consider mobile commerce a more convenient way to purchase products, which has lead to a growing demand for mobile payment services and platforms that accommodate mobile shopping.

Maxatec partners with SOTI to offer state-of-the-art Mobile Device Management solutions

Maxatec partners with SOTI to offer state-of-the-art Mobile Device Management solutions

Maxatec has signed a new distribution agreement with world leading Mobile Device Management (MDM) software company, SOTI Inc.

The new PowerScan 9500 imager raises the bar for scanning operations in tough industrial environments

The new PowerScan 9500 imager raises the bar for scanning operations in tough industrial environments

The PowerScan 9500 family of imagers, constructed with Datalogic's optical system, hardware architecture, and decoding software, offers an advanced solution for the ever-increasing demands of industrial environments.

Virgin Atlantic Airways further strengthens payment security with Semafone

Virgin Atlantic Airways further strengthens payment security with Semafone

Semafone has announced that its software has been selected by Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) to protect card data provided by customers over the telephone.

RandomStorm reveals PCI Compliance suite at Retail Business Technology Expo

RandomStorm reveals PCI Compliance suite at Retail Business Technology Expo

At Retail Expo, Earl's Court, London, network security and compliance management company, RandomStorm, is showcasing its range of specialist products and services developed to help merchants and payment service providers to ensure that their networks are compliant with the latest Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS v2.0).

BlueStar EMEA Distribution appoints new Marketing Managers for the UK and Nordic Region

BlueStar EMEA Distribution appoints new Marketing Managers for the UK and Nordic Region

BlueStar, the global distributor of solutions-based ADC, Mobility, Point-of-Sale, RFID, Digital Signage, and ID & Security technology, has made two new key appoints: Marketing Manager for the UK and Marketing Manager Nordic Region.

The Professional Golfers' Association of America drives high stakes data capture with Intermec

The Professional Golfers' Association of America drives high stakes data capture with Intermec

Intermec, Inc. has announced that The PGA of America, an organisation of 27,000 men and women golf professional members, has selected the Intermec CN50 and CK71 rugged handheld mobile computers for data collection at its signature tournaments.

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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