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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European mobile transactions rocket, but emerging markets lead the way for mobile wallets

European mobile transactions rocket, but emerging markets lead the way for mobile wallets

A major study of mobile wallets, released by payments fintech Boku, with data from Juniper Research, reveals that Europe will be home to four of the ten fastest-growing countries for mobile payment transactions by 2025. 

More than half of UK businesses say Brexit created data access and management challenges

More than half of UK businesses say Brexit created data access and management challenges

More than half of UK businesses (54 percent) say Brexit has presented them with data access and management challenges, according to research from integration and API platform provider, MuleSoft.

Ergonomic Solutions brings modularity and flexibility to the heart of tablet-based retail and hospitality applications

Ergonomic Solutions brings modularity and flexibility to the heart of tablet-based retail and hospitality applications

The Ergonomic Solutions Group, creator of SpacePole mounting & mobility solutions, has released two new TabPOS tablet solutions designed for TabletPOS and a wide range of applications in both the retail and hospitality industries.

Decathlon chooses PAL Robotics’ StockBot as one of the global retail robot solutions to deploy across multiple stores worldwide

Decathlon chooses PAL Robotics’ StockBot as one of the global retail robot solutions to deploy across multiple stores worldwide

Decathlon and PAL Robotics have launched a global partnership after PAL Robotics’ StockBot inventory tracking and data collection solution was selected for rollout across Decathlon stores in multiple countries, assisting the team and elevating in-store experience.

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

UK launches data reform to boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public

The Government's newly announced ‘data reform’ programme aims to “boost innovation, economic growth and protect the public”.

Acorn Industrial Services transforms their distribution operation with ‘PODStar’ Proof of Delivery system from Touchstar Technologies

Acorn Industrial Services transforms their distribution operation with  ‘PODStar’ Proof of Delivery system from Touchstar Technologies

Acorn Industrial Services Ltd is part of Axel Johnson International, a global industrial group of more than 120 companies in 28 countries. Supplying genuine, high quality engineering and maintenance products, and with over thirty years’ experience in distribution, Acorn has built a strong reputation for outstanding customer service, product choice and customer solutions.

PCI Pal celebrates shortlisting in five payment industry award categories

PCI Pal celebrates shortlisting in five payment industry award categories

PCI Pal – the global cloud provider of secure payment solutions for business communications – has been announced as a finalist in no less than five categories across two payment industry award programmes.

Bluedog expands with three new agencies as part of growing group structure

Bluedog expands with three new agencies as part of growing group structure

Bluedog Productions, the global creative, retail and experience agency with a 22-year track record working for clients that include Bacardi, Estée Lauder, Lindt, Foreo, Treasury Wine Estates and Chanel has announced a growth driven restructure to match client demand and new client wins.

Response to BDO High Street Tracker: Retailers need to respond to changing shopping habits

Response to BDO High Street Tracker: Retailers need to respond to changing shopping habits

BDO has published its latest High Street Sales Tracker, revealing that total like-for-like (LFL) sales, combined in-store and online, increased by 20.1% in August from a base of -3.3% for the equivalent month last year. These positive results indicate a new wave of optimism for the retail industry but a lot has changed in the last year and there is set to be a long-lasting impact on consumer shopping behaviour.

Why RFID is the future: Working more efficiently with DENSO

Why RFID is the future: Working more efficiently with DENSO

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) provides new and profitable opportunities for increasing organisational, financial and operational performance. For instance, the retail and logistics industries can benefit from the superior RFID technology. DENSO explains why.

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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