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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Mobile transaction volume to recover from a COVID-driven decline of 8.7 billion in 2020, returning to pre-pandemic 2019 levels by 2022

Mobile transaction volume to recover from a COVID-driven decline of 8.7 billion in 2020, returning to pre-pandemic 2019 levels by 2022

A new study from Juniper Research has found that mobile ticketing transaction volume, including tickets purchased via contactless, in-app, and mobile messaging, will recover to pre-pandemic 2019 levels by 2022.

Kooomo announces new payment methods and products per customer, further advancing retailers’ offering

Kooomo announces new payment methods and products per customer, further advancing retailers’ offering

Global eCommerce platform, Kooomo, has announced a list of updates to its platform, which improve the experience for both the retailer and its end customers enabling retailers to focus on customer experience and competitiveness.

The secret formula for coming top in voice search

The secret formula for coming top in voice search

By PJ Scott, Director, Velocity Commerce.

By 2023, there will be an anticipated 8 billion digital assistants in circulation. With uses for everything from directions to settling debates, this latest avenue for the widespread adoption of AI into our day to day lives is succeeding due to one core principle, it delivers convenience.

Openpay makes marquee signing with Fulham Football Club

Openpay makes marquee signing with Fulham Football Club

Openpay, the UK’s latest next-generation, interest-free payment solution, has announced Fulham Football Club as the latest addition to its merchant roster, with Fulham becoming the first football club to be supported by Openpay’s ‘Buy now. Pay smarter’ payment plans.

Card payments take flight in the Falkland Islands

Card payments take flight in the Falkland Islands

Launched as part of London Tech Week, Square, Mastercard and the Falkland Islands Government have announced a new partnership, Connecting the Falklands, solving one of the greatest challenges facing the Islands' small and medium-sized businesses – accepting card and digital payments.

Teledyne e2v’s new optical module ideal for scanning, embedded imaging and IoT applications

Teledyne e2v’s new optical module ideal for scanning, embedded imaging and IoT applications

Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global developer of imaging solutions, has expanded its product portfolio with a 2 Megapixel compact module featuring a pre-focused, industrial-grade scanning optic. 

Planet partners with Checkfer to deliver digital and safe payments for consumers

Planet partners with Checkfer to deliver digital and safe payments for consumers

Payments company Planet supports the safe reopening of the Hospitality and Food & Beverage sector across the UK in partnership with Checkfer’s technology platform OrderPay.

Ondot hires key executives to drive growth of digital payments technology throughout EMEA

Ondot hires key executives to drive growth of digital payments technology throughout EMEA

Ondot Systems, a digital card services platform for credit and debit issuers, has added key staff to its European team as part of the company’s international expansion plans.

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

How many digital transformation strategies will ever extend beyond the boardroom? What, in effect, do they really entail? Digital transformation is being merged with the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, even Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create an unmanageable, unfocused concept of ‘doing things better’ without addressing the fundamental, underpinning essence of that change – the data.

OrderPay adds further expertise to senior team with appointment of Steve Callery

OrderPay adds further expertise to senior team with appointment of Steve Callery

OrderPay, the UK order at table app, has further bolstered its expert senior team with the appointment of Steve Callery as Chief Data Officer, heading up the company’s new data and insights department.

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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