AIDC Basics: What is the AIDC Industry?

AbeTech has been a leader in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry for over 25 years, creating custom bar code and RFID solutions for hundreds of companies.

We recognize, however, that for many of you in our audience, AIDC might be just another acronym. So, what technologies make up this complex and ever-evolving industry?
Read on to find out.

AIDC technologies

Bar Code
Bar codes are machine-readable codes of parallel lines with varying widths that contains data which can be read by a scanner. You’ll find them on anything from the food you buy at the grocery store, to shipping labels on the materials that make your company run. 1D, 2D, QR codes, Datamatrix…. AbeTech has experience in all bar code symbologies.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and readers are a way to scan and track items when you don’t have line of sight. Asset tracking of mobile computers, medical devices or other hardware most commonly uses RFID.

Biometrics used to be the stuff of science fiction, but today the technology is becoming more widespread. Law enforcement, hospitals and college campuses are adopting new ways of entry to high-security buildings using iris scanners and fingerprint scanners.

Magnetic Stripes
Possibly the most common AIDC technology in our everyday lives is magnetic stripes. Credit and debit cards, employee badges, library cards and more all use magnetic stripes that are read with the swipe of the card.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is the technology behind the most advanced label verification and vision systems used in the AIDC industry. OCR is also being built into mobile computers and scanners for digitizing printed text on forms, tracking slips and receipts.

Smart Cards
Smart cards are similar to cards with magnetic stripes, but with a smart card there is an integrated circuit built into the card. This allows for scanning and reading without the need to swipe the card: users simply pass the card over a reader.

Voice Recognition
Siri, Google Now, and Alexa have made voice recognition technology mainstream. Industrial use cases for voice recognition include wireless mobile devices which are controlled by voice, as well as speech-to-text functionality for data entry.  

AbeTech is a premier integrator of all things AIDC

Send us a note if you have a creative use case for any of these AIDC technologies. We would love to help find ways to make this technology work for you. Our clients have found productivity and efficiency gains when they partner with AbeTech to create custom AIDC solutions.

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