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Time for librarians to check out?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Could NFC technology make the role of librarian obsolete? A new NFC-based solution demonstrated at the 100th German Librarian Day in Berlin certainly suggests so.

The prototype of the first-ever mobile SelfCheck features an NFC capable smart phone that makes it possible to borrow straight from the library shelf. Users can check out, extend the lending period and manage their media with their mobile device. Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems, which is partnering with NXP on the solution, has applied for patent protection for the system.

A specially developed application for NFC-capable mobile devices enables users to check out media from any location within the library as soon as it is taken from the shelf, entirely eliminating check out lines and enhancing user privacy.

Library goers simply point their cell phone at the book, press “borrow” in the appropriate menu, and the book is checked out. Reconciliation with the library system occurs simultaneously.

NFC is a transfer standard for contactless data exchange over short distances. The use of the technology is expected to explode when it comes to cashless payment, paperless ticketing, online downloads and access control. Industry analysts predict that 100 million or more NFC-enabled devices could be in use by the end of this year, with that number approaching 500 million by 2015.

Of course, librarians will still be needed for users who don’t know how to use a card or computer system to locate books, to offer general reference guidance, and to hush hush those noisy kids in the reading area!


TAGSYS solution pushes RFID to the next level for libraries

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Libraries around the world have deployed RFID technology for years, including the Vatican and the Hamburg Public Library System in Germany, which holds 1.6 million books, 130,000 CD’s, and 55,000 videos and other media.

AS RFID technology matures, the options available to libraries have increased greatly. No more just slapping an RFID tag onto a book and installing a mundane reader at the checkout counter to capture transactions.

Now solutions offer the ability to do much more, and to deploy the technology in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to both libraries and their customers. On Tuesday, TAGSYS announced a suite of new solutions designed to enhance security, functionality and increase branding, if requested, through logo add-ons on RFID equipment.

“Both librarians and architects are more focused on aesthetic integration of RFID solutions into the library environment,” says Maria Kaganov, marketing director at TAGSYS. “By providing a more versatile, flexible platform, TAGSYS can help both its customers and channel partners develop a security solution that blends more naturally into the overall design of the work space.”

The new TAGSYS solutions include the Medio P200 high-performance proximity reader and the L-SP3 LX and L-SP3-GPP detection system platforms, which complement the industry’s leading L-SP3 Clear and Opaque security pedestals.

The L-SP3 Global Personalization Program (GPP), allows customers to develop their own identity and brand by customizing the look and feel of the security equipment. There are three basic designs available (Diamond, Jade 1 and Jade 2) in several colors and decorative materials, including wood and metal finishes. Customization options also include aesthetic elements such as ambient lights or additional panels, as well as logo add-ons.

TAGSYS has enhanced its L-SP3 security pedestal family of products with the new L-SP3 Global Personalization Program (GPP) and L-SP3 LX. These new products give libraries the freedom to choose a security system that best suits their particular security needs, ranging in the feature-to-cost paradigm from fully aesthetically customizable platforms to standard low-feature, cost-efficient solutions.

The new L-SP3 LX security pedestal has been designed for maximum cost efficiency, which means librarians can begin working with RFID at a very low entry price point and have the flexibility to upgrade to more advanced features and functionality in the future.

The Medio P200 platform is a new high-performance proximity reader that offers improved flexibility for integration thanks to its multiple interface options such as USB, Serial and Ethernet, support for the TAGSYS Universal SDK (U-SDK), as well as an up to 20% performance improvement over previous models. The Medio P200 is fully backwards compatible with previous generation TAGSYS readers allowing for a seamless transition for the partner community and end users.