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  • Libraries Check Out Bluetooth Beacons

    Two beacon companies have developed unique solutions to help libraries send data about their programs or other details to patrons who download an app and then pass a library's beacons.

  • RFID News Roundup

    Mapúa Institute of Technology library adopts CSL UHF RFID technology; Metalcraft announces NFC tags; Red Cell Innovation unveils handheld PDA with RFID; NFL Draft picks Fish Technologies; University of Salento researchers develop RAMSES passive RFID sensor tag; NXP Semiconductors joins ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors.

  • Netc Launches EmbraceRF Solutions for Tracking Storage Media and Other Assets

    The solutions include a version that will work on smartphones and tablets paired with a Bluetooth-enabled handheld EPC Gen 2 RFID reader.

  • RFID Boosts Medical Equipment Usage at U.K. Hospital

    Addenbrooke's has nearly doubled its use of medical equipment, as well as reduced its labor costs, by employing an active RFID system to track tagged items via fixed portals and handheld readers.

  • Project Ingeborg Uses RFID to Bring Free Books to the Masses

    A pair of Austrian innovators developed and deployed a solution that allows people to download books and other works in the public domain, and are now offering the solution to others for free.

  • Grand Rapids Library Adopts UHF RFID Technology

    The Michigan library believes it is the first public system to use UHF RFID in North America, enabling it to speed up checkout, track check-in, provide security and manage inventory.

  • RFID News Roundup

    HID Global expands its smart-card portfolio; ZeitControl announces RFID label with integrated microprocessor; new $95 million library in the United Kingdom features RFID; SAG announces RFID-enabled disposable wristband for security, access control and more.

  • RFID News Roundup

    Alien, Awarepoint each scores $10 million in funding; NXP launches new ICode chip, ships one billionth ICode; Verayo unveils next-generation unclonable RFID chip; Noxel intros UHF reader with Bluetooth connectivity; Emerson's new wireless liquid-level sensor; Feig Electronic offers new fast Ethernet-enabled RFID terminal.

  • In the U.K., Libraries Switch to Self-Serve

    Many are eliminating manned checkout counters, and are seeing savings in reduced labor costs for checkouts and returns, while freeing up staff members to spend more time assisting patrons.

  • Library to Deploy Ultra-Long-Life RFID Tags for Historical Collection

    To manage its rare legal documents, the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law plans to use tags promising a 40-year lifespan.

  • Large Swiss Library System Implementing RFID

    A library system in Geneva, Switzerland, is installing high frequency RFID systems to manage 700,000 circulating items at 11 branches. Bibliothèques Municipales de Genève is installing more than 100 RFID readers plus management software from TAGSYS as part of the project, and will also tag 80,000 patron ID cards.

  • 3M Launches Tag Data Manager for Libraries

    The software upgrade will enable libraries to add a variety of tag data formats to their RFID systems, and to provide a migration path to the proposed ISO RFID tag data standard.

  • RFID News Roundup

    American Medical Directors Association to study VeriChip's VeriMed system; T3Ci completes acquisition, renames itself Retail Solutions Inc.; new multiprotocol long-range UHF RFID reader from iDTronic; ITG announces compact two-bin item sorter for libraries; First Hawaiian Bank issues MasterCard PayPass debit cards; MachineTalker buys Micro Wireless.

  • University of East Anglia's Library Automates Circulation Tasks

    The school uses RFID to check out, check in and sort books, freeing staff to provide more research help to library patrons.

  • Paris-based Law Firm Adopts RFID to Track Documents

    Lhermet, La Bigne & Remy, a firm specializing in IP and trademark law, is deploying passive HF tags to track the more than 30,000 files and books in its library.

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