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.


Datalogic Scanning announces the Gryphon LGD4300 reader

Datalogic Scanning has announced the Gryphon L GD4300 laser scanner as the latest member to join Datalogic Scannings Gryphon family of general purpose handheld scanners.

Varlink adds Opticon's OPR-3301 bluetooth laser scanner to it's product range

Varlink adds Opticon's OPR-3301 bluetooth laser scanner to it's product range

Varlink has announced the launch of Opticons OPR-3301 wireless Bluetooth laser scanner, one of the smallest and lightest cordless laser scanners on the market.

Self scanning helps retailers reduce shoplifting

Joya from Datalogic is the technological solution for understanding and monitoring each individual client.

Intermec launches plug-and-play solution for wireless Bluetooth scanners

Intermec launches plug-and-play solution for wireless Bluetooth scanners

Intermec have announced the launch of the SD61, a multiport wireless base station that provides a secure connection between multiple Intermec industrial scanners.

Next year Storage Expo will be evolving

Reed Exhibitions presents 360IT, incorporating Storage Expo, a new event dedicated to the IT community and professionals working to deliver next generation IT Infrastructure.

Psion Teklogix and Sandpiper to promote Focus ID mobile platform with rugged PDA products

Psion Teklogix has announced systems integrator Sandpiper Corporation as a member of its exclusive Partnership programme.

Datalogic Scanning announces the Magellan 1100i Omni-Directional Imaging Bar Code Scanner

Datalogic Scanning announces the Magellan 1100i Omni-Directional Imaging Bar Code Scanner

Datalogic Scanning has announced the latest enhancement to the renowned Magellan family of high performance scanners, the Magellan 1100i barcode reader.

Datalogics Joya pod for quick shopping

Shopping trips will be even more pleasant due to Joya, the pod by Datalogic introduced recently at the Sassari Conad Superstore.

Barcode imager designed for kiosks and turnstiles

Barcode imager designed for kiosks and turnstiles

Access IS has introduced a barcode imager designed to fit quickly and easily into public kiosks, visitor turnstiles at events, and retail point-of-sale equipment.

Ryzex announces contest to find oldest working barcode device

Winner receives free Psion Teklogix mobile handheld computer

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)

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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