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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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.

Vodat International develops Unified Payments Service for omni-channel retailers

Vodat International develops Unified Payments Service for omni-channel retailers

Vodat International has created a managed Unified Payments solution – a solution for all cards across all channels – in response to the demands of omni-channel retailers and invites retailers to come and visit them to find out more about the PCI DSS compliant service, at this year's Retail Business Technology Expo.

Voxware enhances functionality of its Voice solution

Voxware enhances functionality of its Voice solution

Voxware, provider of Voice solutions, has announced the availability of a new software upgrade to its widely deployed Voice Management Suite (VMS).

British company mPowa targets telcos with mobile payment solution

British company mPowa targets telcos with mobile payment solution

Telcos are becoming increasingly reliant on the take-up of smartphones as an essential route to market. Although ownership of smartphones has increased over recent years, telcos are seeking ways of boosting this figure among business users and increasing the services they can provide through smartphones.

Varlink to host 8th Annual Meet the Manufacturers Event in 2013

Varlink to host 8th Annual Meet the Manufacturers Event in 2013

Varlink has announced its 8th Annual Meet the Manufacturers Event will be held on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at the Hilton hotel in Warwick, open to all IT Resellers in the Mobile Computing and Data Capture industry.

Avery Dennison delivers new smart item-level markdown technology

Avery Dennison delivers new smart item-level markdown technology

At the NRF 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO, Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) introduced new smart markdown management solution including the Pathfinder 6140 Printer – the latest in its line of one-piece scan, print and apply price marking technologies.

Honeywell launches next generation hybrid bioptic scanner

Honeywell launches next generation hybrid bioptic scanner

Honeywell has introduced the Stratos 2700 bioptic scanner, equipped with hybrid architecture designed for retailers seeking to maximise their investment, increase customer throughput and reduce checkout loss.

Datalogic installs 120 Joya A pods in Coop Sweden for self-scanning services

Datalogic installs 120 Joya A pods in Coop Sweden for self-scanning services

Datalogic S.p.A. has supplied the technology used for self-scanning services to Coop supermarkets in Sweden, a Group that has earned a 22% market position in the grocery retail industry in Sweden with its stores that include Coop Extra, Coop Konsum, Coop Forum, Coop Nära and Coop Bygg.

WorldPay extends pilot programme for Pay As You Go Card Acceptance Service for Micro Merchants

WorldPay extends pilot programme for Pay As You Go Card Acceptance Service for Micro Merchants

WorldPay, the payment processing, risk and alternative payments solutions provider, is extending its pilot Pay As You Go Card Acceptance Service for Micro Merchants.

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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