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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86% of IT leaders say data streaming is a priority for IT investment in 2024

1 86% of IT leaders say data streaming is a priority for IT investment in 2024

Confluent, Inc. has unveiled its 2024 Data Streaming Report: Breaking Down the Barriers to Business Agility & Innovation. The report dives into how organisations use data streaming to innovate, accelerate AI adoption, improve business agility, power customer experiences, and overcome data accessibility and management challenges.

Retailers get conversion rates wrong because they fail in people counting

2 Retailers get conversion rates wrong because they fail in people counting

In physical retail stores, one of the most crucial metrics is the visitor-to-buyer conversion rate. The industry magic number is a 25% conversion rate, and achieving this goal requires accurate data.

TecCom e-Invoicing Services achieve ISO 27001 Certification

3 TecCom e-Invoicing Services achieve ISO 27001 Certification

TecAlliance has achieved the ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification for development, operation and maintenance of SaaS solutions in the area of e-invoicing.

RAIN RFID tag chip shipments forecast to reach 115bn units by 2028, a year-on-year growth of 20.4%

4 RAIN RFID tag chip shipments forecast to reach 115bn units by 2028, a year-on-year growth of 20.4%

RAIN Alliance, the non-profit industry organisation supporting the development and adoption of Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), has published its bi-annual research report ‘Global Markets & Applications for RAIN RFID Solutions’, produced by VDC Research.

Cleveron’s newest solution enables DIY and home furnishing retailers to automate their click-and-collect processes

5 Cleveron’s newest solution enables DIY and home furnishing retailers to automate their click-and-collect processes

Cleveron, a click-and-collect automation solutions innovator, is proud to launch a modular outdoor parcel locker, Cleveron 355. The newest solution is specially engineered for DIY and home furnishing retailers, enabling the automated handover of extra-large items.

New poll exposes substantial AI trust gap despite looming technological revolution of society

6 New poll exposes substantial AI trust gap despite looming technological revolution of society

Locale, the UK-based building occupier experience platform, has unveiled insights into the public’s connection with artificial intelligence (AI).

Is your payment stack hampering your business’ growth?

7 Is your payment stack hampering your business’ growth?

By Brian Gaynor, VP of Product & EU CEO, BlueSnap.

It’s only natural for your firm’s requirements to change over time, especially when you have a growing business. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, boosting customer loyalty, or enhancing buyer experience, everything requires your business processes to be agile.

Ciphr buys Shape Payroll

8 Ciphr buys Shape Payroll

HR and payroll software provider Ciphr has further strengthened its payroll business by acquiring Shape, a cloud-based payroll platform used by 1500 UK businesses.

Retailers and malls embrace facial recognition and video analytics for enhanced security and footfall analysis

9 Retailers and malls embrace facial recognition and video analytics for enhanced security and footfall analysis

In the recent 2-3 years, an increasing number of malls and retail chains have adopted real-time video analytics and facial recognition to enhance security, customer experience and footfall analysis.

Some of these technologies are showcased this week at the NRF Protect Conference in Long Beach, California.

Nexi now offers Tap to pay on iPhone for merchants in Italy with Nexi SoftPOS

10 Nexi now offers Tap to pay on iPhone for merchants in Italy with Nexi SoftPOS

Nexi, the European PayTech, now enables merchants in Italy to accept in-person contactless payments seamlessly and securely with Tap to Pay on iPhone, and will continue to expand the availability of Tap to Pay on iPhone to its customers in Europe where the service is available.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC)

Technologies typically considered as part of AIDC include:

  • Barcodes
  • QR codes
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Biometrics
  • Magnetic stripes
  • Optical character recognition (OCR)
  • Smart cards
  • Voice recognition

AIDC is used in a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Inventory management
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Security

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.

Overall, AIDC is a powerful technology that can be used to improve efficiency, accuracy, and traceability in a wide variety of applications. However, it is important to weigh the costs and benefits of AIDC before implementing a system.

Here are some examples of how AIDC is used in different industries:

  • In the retail industry, AIDC is used to track inventory levels, scan barcodes at checkout, and prevent theft.
  • In the healthcare industry, AIDC is used to track patient records, identify patients, and prevent medication errors.
  • In the manufacturing industry, AIDC is used to track parts and products, automate assembly lines, and prevent counterfeiting.
  • In the transportation industry, AIDC is used to track cargo, track vehicles, and prevent collisions.

AIDC is a rapidly growing field, and new applications for AIDC are being developed all the time. As AIDC technology continues to develop, it is likely to become even more widespread and have an even greater impact on our lives.

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