Billions of products all over the world are marked with barcodes and radio frequency tags. Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies, are widely adopted by the retail, electronics, aerospace, transportation, healthcare industries, public library systems and schools.

AIDC is an industry term that describes the identification and/or direct collection of data into a computer system without the use of a keyboard. AIDC technologies provide reliable means not only to identify but also to track items. It is possible to encode a wide range of information, from a basic identification of an item, to comprehensive details about this item , for example, item description, size, weight, colour.

ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 31, Automatic identification and data capture techniques, is responsible for more than 100 published or in progress standards in this area. These standards address bar code symbologies (how a bar code is created and read), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) air interfaces (how an RFID tag is programmed and read), and Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS). 

These standards include the ubiquitous EAN/UPC barcode found on consumer goods and healthcare products, the popular QR Code used by many applications to access data on the web and ISO/IEC 18000-63, the most widely implemented radio-frequency identification standard for item management.


At their core, all AIDC technologies support two common goals:

  • Eliminate errors associated with identification and/or data collection
  • Accelerate the throughput process

AIDC technology standards offer fast and accurate processing speeds from the point of consistent data capture and efficient system input, to a point that allows end-user “actionable intelligence .”

The creation and adoption of International Standards eliminates inconsistency and process divergence problems, enabling better use of the technologies around the world.


AIDC technologies are widely adopted by the retail, electronics, aerospace, transportation and logistics, healthcare industries, public library systems and in many other applications.

The direct users are generally manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, hospitals, equipment and software providers, government agencies, industry associations, application standards development organizations, etc. The end-users are also the general public: consumers, healthcare professionals, military personnel, travellers and even students.