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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Commissioned study reveals digital maturity in procurement is lagging behind perceived progress

Commissioned study reveals digital maturity in procurement is lagging behind perceived progress

Ivalua, provider of global spend management cloud solutions, has announced the findings of a worldwide survey of supply chain, procurement and finance business leaders, on the status of their digital transformations, the obstacles encountered and keys to success.

PayPoint ATMs help over 2,000 retailers remove banking charges

PayPoint ATMs help over 2,000 retailers remove banking charges

PayPoint has released new figures showing that it has helped over 2,000 of its ATM customers remove banking charges in the past year, all with the help of its unique Net Settlement facility.

Suzohapp launches VaultConnect – Bringing offline cash online

Suzohapp launches VaultConnect – Bringing offline cash online

Suzohapp – the technology company that provides software and hardware for cash handling automation and self-service solutions worldwide – has introduced VaultConnect, the latest addition to the popular CashComplete software solution portfolio.

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Action on companies who fail to meet the standard of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) has seen 17 companies removed or suspended from the Code during the past quarter, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced.

ArrowXL launches new survey to drive enhanced service for retailers

ArrowXL launches new survey to drive enhanced service for retailers

ArrowXL, the UK two-person home delivery company, has launched a new customer satisfaction (CSAT) survey in a move designed to further enhance the portfolio of services it provides on behalf of the UK’s leading retailers. The company quickly corresponds with each consumer in order to gather data, monitor performance and drive improvements.

DENSO WAVE EUROPE at the RetailEXPO in London

DENSO WAVE EUROPE at the RetailEXPO in London

For the first time, RetailEXPO in London is bringing together three leading events for the retail sector: Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE), Retail Design Expo (RDE), and Retail Design Signage Expo (RDSE).

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

New data released by Adyen, the payments platform of choice for many leading companies, highlights the value of unified commerce to retailers. Its report The Unified Commerce Indexanalyses data across its global payments platform, which processed €159 billion in transactions in 2018.

Suzohapp shows its innovative payment management solutions at Retail Expo

Suzohapp shows its innovative payment management solutions at Retail Expo

Suzohapp – a global provider of software and hardware payment systems and cash management solutions – will be exhibiting at Retail Expo, Europe’s leading retail solutions show which takes place in London, UK between 1-2 May.

Suzohapp launches CashComplete Connect – Retail Edition

Suzohapp launches CashComplete Connect – Retail Edition

Delivering next generation automation of retail payment management processes

BS PAYONE and Retail Pro International equip Benetton flagship store in London with innovative mobile tablet POS solution

BS PAYONE and Retail Pro International equip Benetton flagship store in London with innovative mobile tablet POS solution

BS PAYONE GmbH, a full-service payment provider based in Frankfurt am Main, and Retail Pro International (RPI), developer of the customisable,cross-platform Retail Pro POS and retail management software, are equipping the Benetton Group's London flagship store with a mobile POS and payments system that empowers the realisation of their redefined retail experience.

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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