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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Cash automation technology helps retailers protect cash and staff

Cash automation technology helps retailers protect cash and staff

New study on cash automation presents in-depth insights from retailers in 13 countries on technology which counts, validates and stores banknotes, and which is capable of fully automating cash management in stores

Automated ePod solution from BEC delivers significant improvements for Aliaxis

Automated ePod solution from BEC delivers significant improvements for Aliaxis

As part of a drive to continuously improve customer service, Aliaxis has teamed with BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd, a leading UK-based supplier of data capture solutions for supply chain logistics and manufacturing, to introduce Electronic Point of Delivery (ePod) technology to modernise its order track and traceability processes.

The power of connectivity in retail

The power of connectivity in retail

By Paul Crerand, director of solution consulting, office of the CTO, EMEA, MuleSoft.

Retailers have long understood that 'knowing the customer' is crucial for maintaining loyalty and standing apart from the competition. Today, in the age of Amazon, it's more critical than ever for retailers to access and leverage data to transform the customer experience.

Datalogic presents the next generation Falcon X4

Datalogic presents the next generation Falcon X4

Datalogic, the automatic data capture and process automation solutions provider, has introduced the new Falcon X4 Mobile Computer.

Nortech's Transit Ultimate for demanding access control applications

Nortech's Transit Ultimate for demanding access control applications

People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering a robust long-range reader based on semi active RFID technology, which enables automatic vehicle identification at distances of up to 10 metres and speeds of up to 125 mph.

Will smart voice assistants revolutionise our shopping behaviour?

Will smart voice assistants revolutionise our shopping behaviour?

"What's the weather going to be like tomorrow?" "Play a Rolling Stones song" "What meetings do I have today?" These are just some of the most common requests made to smart voice assistants such as Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home.

'Game-changing' product discovery tool launched by retail specialist

'Game-changing' product discovery tool launched by retail specialist

A new product discovery platform allows suppliers to showcase their products to retailers and is claimed to revolutionise the way buyers discover new products.

IN2Retail selects CashFlows to support ATM roll-out in the Netherlands and Ireland

IN2Retail selects CashFlows to support ATM roll-out in the Netherlands and Ireland

CashFlows has been selected by IN2Retail, provider of ATM payment solutions, to provide BIN sponsorship for its ATM estate in the Netherlands and Ireland.

Information on the go - AIDC/Mobile Computing Special Technology report

Information on the go - AIDC/Mobile Computing Special Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of leading spokespeople from the vendor and analyst communities about recent, current and possible future developments within the world of automatic identification & data capture and mobile computing technology.

Ingenico Group achieves Google Mobile Services certification for its Axium D7

Ingenico Group achieves Google Mobile Services certification for its Axium D7

Ingenico Group has announced that its Axium D7 ECR-POS has achieved Google Mobile Services certification, making it the world's first secure POS terminal to meet GMS requirements and properly run applications by Google.

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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