Automatic Identification/Datacapture, AIDC, RFID

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. The first RFID solutions were developed in 1980s. It has since been deployed in a range of markets including Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) systems due to RFID's ability to track moving objects. RFID is also effective in challenging manufacturing environments where barcode labels might not prove resilient enough.

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New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

The DENSO Auto-ID Business Unit, part of the Toyota group, is launching the new UR20 scanner series in spring 2017. These new readers, UR21 and UR22, are both equipped with the most modern RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification).

Absence of BYOD policies among local authorities putting data at risk, warns Annodata

Absence of BYOD policies among local authorities putting data at risk, warns Annodata

Recent research from Managed Services Provider (MSP) Annodata has revealed that a high proportion of local authorities in England are yet to implement a 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) policy.

Barix and Pricer to demonstrate new multi-sensory retail experience solution at EuroShop

Barix and Pricer to demonstrate new multi-sensory retail experience solution at EuroShop

IP audio and control solutions provider, Barix, continues to make in-roads into the global retail industry with SoundScape, its cloud-based solution for the management and distribution of background music and targeted advertising.

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Software application and engineering company Red Ledge is launching a new asset management system (AMS) with open access to all RFID readers – bypassing the manufacturers' proprietary Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) - and to multiple Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices including all types of sensor, GPRS and RFID tags.

Xplore and CLS America partner to launch satellite communications rugged tablet for global industries

Xplore and CLS America partner to launch satellite communications rugged tablet for global industries

Rugged tablet PC maker, Xplore Technologies, has partnered with CLS America to launch the Thorium X, a satellite communications tablet system based on the Xplore XSLATE D10 Android rugged tablet PC, meaning "off-the-grid" workers in the UK and Europe can maintain operations almost regardless.

Five trends in IT and digital communications in 2017

Five trends in IT and digital communications in 2017

Continued digitisation of documentation and mobile workforces. But also continued strong growth for Push to Talk in areas such as security, crisis, logistics and healthcare. GroupTalks CEO Magnus Hedberg writes about what he believes are the strongest trends in IT and digital communications in 2017.

Barcoding, Inc. expands RFID practice and provides insight on the top RFID trends for 2017

Barcoding, Inc. expands RFID practice and provides insight on the top RFID trends for 2017

Barcoding, Inc. predicts the top radio frequency identification (RFID) trends to affect the market in 2017 and adds RFID expert, Patrick Richgels, to the expanding RFID practice, which is focused on providing comprehensive solutions to Barcoding, Inc.'s growing client base.

ExPD to recommend Datalogic DL-Axist to it OmniPost customers

ExPD to recommend Datalogic DL-Axist to it OmniPost customers

Datalogic has announced that long-time partner ExPD has chosen to recommend the DL-Axist to customers as the preferred hardware for its OmniPost internal mail solution.

BT deploys digital store pilot solution for Thomas Pink

BT deploys digital store pilot solution for Thomas Pink

BT has announced that shirtmaker and luxury clothing retailer Thomas Pink has deployed the Acuitas Digital Internet of Things (IoT) platform, which helps retailers to digitise the physical store, at its Wall Street New York City store.

Mahindra Comviva positioned in Gartner Market Guide for Digital Wallet Solutions

Mahindra Comviva positioned in Gartner Market Guide for Digital Wallet Solutions

Mahindra Comviva, the provider mobility solutions, has been positioned in the prestigious Gartner Market Guide for Digital Wallet Solutions for its mobiquity 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.