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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Magento Commerce unveils advanced payment and shipping capabilities

Magento Commerce unveils advanced payment and shipping capabilities

Magento Commerce, has announced advancements to its flagship platform. New integrations with Amazon Pay, Klarna, and Vertex expedite the checkout process, provide flexible payment terms, and deliver instant and accurate tax and shipping rates.

Tradeshift launches Tradeshift Pay

Tradeshift launches Tradeshift Pay

Tradeshift has launched what it describes as an industry first: becoming the only cloud platform to bring supply chain payments, supply chain finance, and blockchain-based early payments together into one unified end-to-end solution, Tradeshift Pay.

How can retailers refine their mobile strategies to leverage cross-channel data and improve the customer experience?

How can retailers refine their mobile strategies to leverage cross-channel data and improve the customer experience?

By Graham Jackson, CEO of Fluent Commerce.

The retail landscape has evolved rapidly in recent years. Some retailers have been moving towards an online-only strategy, yet many are failing to keep up with the ever-changing needs of their customers.

Coming soon: DENSOs smart and ergonomic Handhelds

Coming soon: DENSOs smart and ergonomic Handhelds

DENSO, part of the Toyota Group and inventor of the QR Code, launches the new BHT-1700 and BHT-1800 this month – both redefine size and ergonomics.

Ergonomic Solutions soon to launch OpenSpace DUO – a new concept in mPOS mounts

Ergonomic Solutions soon to launch OpenSpace DUO – a new concept in mPOS mounts

Ergonomic Solutions – the creator of SpacePole – has scheduled August 2018 to introduce OpenSpace DUO, a new concept in mPOS mounts designed to hold two devices simultaneously; one either side of the mount. The mounts can hold a mobile/portable card payment EPoS device on one side of the mount, and a smart device (iPod) or a smart phone such as Samsung or iPhone on the other.

Pay with the touch of a finger

Pay with the touch of a finger

Nets, the digital payments specialist, has launched testing of finger vein payments in Denmark. Now, students and visitors at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) can leave their cash, cards and smartphones behind and buy lunch using just their finger.

Datalogic to showcase the latest checkout solutions at RBTE

Datalogic to showcase the latest checkout solutions at RBTE

Datalogic's vision for the future of the checkout will be a key talking point on the stand at this year's Retail Business Technology Expo, after its latest innovation is shortlisted for the show's Innovation Trail & Awards.

A new promotion mechanic for brands: Valassis launches Cashback & Rewards

A new promotion mechanic for brands: Valassis launches Cashback & Rewards

Brands can directly reward shoppers, merchants and staff with a new payment solution, Cashback & Rewards.

Futura demonstrates curated shopping with new mobile sales assistant at RBTE 2018

Fashion and lifestyle retail technology specialist Futura Retail Solutions will demonstrate a new mobile sales assistant designed to deliver improved levels of customer service and greater speed and flexibility for a range of in-store processes at RBTE 2018 in London.

New app facilitates better communication between all staff

New app facilitates better communication between all staff

MintCentral, the easy-to-use, customisable employee engagement app, is adding an audio messaging facility to its platform.

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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