Automatic identification and data capture (AIDC)

AIDC UK Ltd is the European centre of excellence for automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), set up to help businesses understand and explore AIDC technologies. Through industry connections, it also provides the support necessary to help business apply these  technologies effectively.

What’s AIDC all about?

AIDC includes technologies such as bar-coding, radio frequency identification (RFID), smartcards and biometrics—which are poised to revolutionise supply-chain management.

What’s the benefit of AIDC?

Companies which rely on paper-based information or manual data-entry can suffer from higher human resource requirements, more errors, inefficiency and delays. AIDC changes all that. By adopting barcodes, radio tags, smartcards and/or biometrics, many businesses can now benefit from substantially greater levels of speed, accuracy and efficiency.

Benefits include:
  • Management can have all the information they need to make the right decisions quickly and confidently—at their fingertips, all the time
  • Customer satisfaction soars: the right product is always delivered to the right place, at the right time, and at the right price
  • As a result, repeat business is much easier to win
  • Processes at every stage of the supply chain are accelerated and data-entry happens without errors
  • Stock levels and locations are accurately recorded and instantly retrievable, and remote workers have instant access to stock information and delivery schedules
  • The moment goods are signed for, you know they’ve arrived—and there’s proof of delivery without drivers having to complete mountains of paperwork
  • Company assets are accounted for, and premises are secure.

AIDC is already successfully applied and proving effective in many sectors. However, a real understanding is required about how these technologies can work so effectively together (and with other IT technologies), and this is where the AIDC comes in.

What is the AIDC Centre?

The European Centre of Excellence for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) is a multi-million pound initiative supported by Yorkshire Forward. The AIDC understands the technologies, their application and the route to efficiency. It offers independent, non-commercial, and authoritative ways to discover more about AIDC and how to apply it. Visit the AIDC website for detailed information about services for business.

Where is the AIDC Centre?

AIDC UK Ltd are based at Barnsley Digital Media Centre where there is a demonstrator to showcase state-of-the-art technologies and applications. The team also specialise in smart media and e-inclusion and can advise organisations of all sizes on how to adopt AIDC, smartcards and associated technologies, to help streamline business processes and achieve efficiencies. Telephone 01226 720780 for more information or visit the website

Who’s behind the AIDC Centre?

Yorkshire Forward is investing more than £5m in AIDC, with additional funding coming from BERR, the ERDF and AIM UK (the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobile Data Capture).