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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Kronos introduces Workforce Task Management

Kronos introduces Workforce Task Management

Kronos has announced availability of Workforce Task Management, an integral application within the Kronos workforce management suite of solutions offered to retail and hospitality organisations worldwide.

SecureTrading hires payments expert to focus on high risk online gaming sector

SecureTrading hires payments expert to focus on high risk online gaming sector

SecureTrading, the UK independent payment processor, has announced further expansion with the appointment of David Lambert as Corporate Sales Manager.

KoamTac adds Samsung Galaxy SIII, Apple iPhone 5 and Pantech Vega Racer Smartphone Cases

KoamTac adds Samsung Galaxy SIII, Apple iPhone 5 and Pantech Vega Racer Smartphone Cases

Barcode scanner company KoamTac, Inc. has taken another step towards helping companies save money while keeping up with rapidly changing technology with the release of three more smartphone cases made to work with its suite of Bluetooth barcode data and card readers.

Datalogic ADC's new touch readers – added value at an attractive price point

Datalogic ADC's new touch readers – added value at an attractive price point

Datalogic ADC has introduced the Touch TD1100 series of linear imager readers. The company comments that this new linear imager offers the retail and service industries the performance and durability expected by higher class products with a much lower price tag.

New release of Splunk App for PCI Compliance

New release of Splunk App for PCI Compliance

Splunk Inc., provider of software for real-time operational intelligence, has announced the general availability of the Splunk App for PCI Compliance 2.0.

Nice Fizzback Voice of the Customer solution helps Shell UK Retail increase customer satisfaction and loyalty

Nice Fizzback Voice of the Customer solution helps Shell UK Retail increase customer satisfaction and loyalty

Nice Systems has announced that the retail division of Shell UK Oil Products (Shell), Royal Dutch Shell plc's largest global group of energy and petrochemical companies, is using the Nice Fizzback Voice of the Customer (VoC) solution to help the company take a more customer-centric approach across its retail fuel business.

V12 Retail Finance gives credit to Postcode Anywhere's bank validation

V12 Retail Finance gives credit to Postcode Anywhere's bank validation

V12 Retail Finance has highlighted the importance of bank account validation in building a successful business this week.

Honeywell expands Voyager portfolio with new versatile handheld barcode scanner

Honeywell expands Voyager portfolio with new versatile handheld barcode scanner

Honeywell has announced the introduction of the Voyager 1400g, a hand-held barcode scanner with the ability to read virtually any barcode for enhanced employee productivity.

Datalogic's new Gryphon GFS4400 scan module: a lot of power in a small package

Datalogic's new Gryphon GFS4400 scan module: a lot of power in a small package

Datalogic ADC, the Automatic Data Capture solutions provider, harnesses all the power of the Gryphon imager in its new Gryphon GFS4400 scan module.

mPowa launches mobile payments for users of Android

mPowa launches mobile payments for users of Android

Android smartphone users can now make and accept card payments with mPowa on the go, anywhere. Customers with mPowa's reader may simply go to the Android Google 'Play Store' and download the mPowa mobile payment app to their phones.

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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