AIDC Basics
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What is automatic identification and data capture?

Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) refers to the methods of automatically identifying objects, collecting data about them, and entering them directly into computer systems, without human involvement.  It is a broad category of technologies used to collect information from an individual, object, image or sound without manual data entry. AIDC systems are used to manage inventory, delivery, assets, security and documents.


As with any technology, one key to understanding is knowing the terminology used to describe various aspects.  AIDC is no different.  For a glossary of common AIDC terms and acronyms, read more here...

Do I need AIDC in my business?
It's important to fully examine goals and what outcomes are desired before making any business decisions.  As you research your options, using the knowledge and expertise shared by many AIM member companies can often bring the quickest -- and best -- results.  To find the best partners, AIM's Buyer's Guide can connect you directly with service and solution providers.  Learn more here...

In many situations AIDC is key to providing highly efficient solutions for a wide range of needs, particularly where there is a requirement to identify items, individuals, data, events and locations.

What type of  AIDC will work best for me?
Analysis of data handling processes is a significant key to identifying appropriate applications and to establishing the requirements that have to be fulfilled in realizing an effective AIDC approach. This includes data structuring, the type or types of AIDC technology to use, system and associated technology requirements, economic and people-based needs that have to be satisfied. 

From a technology standpoint, a foundation for selection may be developed from a consideration of attributes and how they relate to requirements.  However, this may not obviate the need for more detailed technical considerations when moving to the specification, implementation and maintenance of a practical system.

One way to determine how AIDC can best assist is to determine the potential for applying AIDC to your business through a series of questions that look at the main areas of application.  These areas include such aspects as management of information and inventory space to personnel and security. 
Start your AIDC opportunities questionnaire here...

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