Automatic Identification and Data Capture, Used in everyday life, all over the world.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture


Methods of automatically identifying objects, collecting data about them, and entering that data directly into computer systems without the need for human involvement.

AIDC Technologies

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Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) is a term used to group the various technologies employed to automatically identifying items, collecting data about them and the ability to enter that data electronically into computer systems.

In the majority of cases Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) systems work without any human involvement, where human involvement is required, this is normally confined to a user scanning a AIDC equipped item (i.e. a can of food which is barcoded, or a RFID equipped door entry pass)

A number of AIDC Technologies exist, these include, barcodes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), biometrics, magnetic strips, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), smart cards, cards with magnetic strips also known as a magnetic swipe card, voice recognition systems, Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and Real Time Locating Systems, also known as RTLS systems.

AIDC can also be know as 'Automatic Identification', 'Auto-ID', 'Automatic Data Capture' or 'Automated Data Capture'.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture Technology has advanced greatly over the years and it is now possible for users around the world to interract with millions of business processes and systems using AIDC equiped electronic devices. Dispite this, there is still room room for improvement in supply chain visibility and development of internal business processes.