Why AIDC?

Answer to Inefficiency, Inaccuracy and Human Error

We may not notice it, but today's businesses and our daily lives are already steeped with automatic identification and data collection technologies. The AIDC technology help us to reduce the time-consuming data entry to a simple and fast finger click.

Imagine This!

A customer comes to checkout cashier with 50 items in her shopping basket. Good news?

Yes, if the cashier is armed with a scanner, scanning each item within 5 seconds. But what if the cashier still had to type in long product code for every product, making a typo now and then. Probably it will end up with a long queue of impatient customers and a very tired error-prone cashier.

Whether you need to capture barcodes on millimeter-small electronic parts, or tall barcodes on shipping containers, different AIDC technologies provide the solution. AIDC technology improves  efficiency and accuracy of data capture, simultaneously avoids human errors, aiding in various functions of businesses.

AIDC Technologies

BARCODE

The earliest and most widespread AIDC technology is the stripes, nowadays slowly but distinctly replaced by dots.

To use barcode, you need the barcode label, a scanner to read it and a printer to print it. Improved barcode technology allows barcode to be printed with different kinds of barcode printers at different kinds and qualities of labels. For the rough operational environment in oil and gas, shipping or forestry industry waterproof tear-resistance big barcode tags are essential. For an electronic factory, however, small easy-print may be the priority.

2D BARCODE

Barcode which stores information in two directions, horizontal and vertical, is called two-dimensional barcode or 2D barcode.

2D barcode symbologies consist of rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns. Often physically smaller in size than linear barcodes, they can contain more than 2 thousand of characters. 

2D barcode has greater data storage capacity, it's size is relatively small and is able to encode all characters and even binary data. 2D symbology have error correction formulas, which allow the symbology to still be read when even moderately damaged.

To read 2D barcodes, users need  2D scanners. 2D scanners are able to read 1D barcodes too.


RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID)

RFID allows information to be transmitted without direct contact with the item. It is now widely used for physical access control and cashless payment, for example in supermarkets, public transportation, or at a toll gate.

A RFID system needs the RFID tag, a RFID reader/ antenna and computer system.
RFID tags can be either passive or active.
A Passive RFID tag needs to be activated by a RFID reader/ antenna in order to have the ability to broadcast it's unique ID, which then can be read by a RFID reader/ antenna.
An Active RFID tag (battery backed-up) continuously broadcasts it's unique ID, which can be read by a RFID reader/ antenna.
After receiving a unique ID, the RFID reader/antenna in common sends the data to a computer system for collecting and processing.

The reading distance varies from a few millimeters to several meters depending on needs. RFID technology can be used to track human access and movement in a security zone, for example at the airport, or to track real-time goods movement.

RFID allows contactless capture of every entry or movement of any object without human intervention, combining security with efficient tracking of objects, which allows faster charge and discharge, inventorying and material handling.

SMART CARD

A smart card is a pocket-sized plastic card with integrated circuits embedded into it to combine efficiency and security. It can hold information and is usually used for Identification, such as E-identity cards, driver license card, student cards, and banking cards.

Smart card issuance needs a printer with encoder.  During personalization process, essential information can be stored into the chip, while the card holder's identity will be printed on the card. Enhanced security features can be added to the smart card for example a hologram.