What types of tags, readers and antennas would I require for such an implementation?
—Reginaldo (Canoas, Brazil)
There are companies that offer complete RFID solutions for libraries. One is called Bibliotheca). Another is 3M Library Solutions). These businesses employ passive high-frequency (HF) tags, and provide handheld readers, portals, self-checkout kiosks and software.
In terms of cost, figure $1,800 for 6,000 tags at 30 cents apiece. A single gate reader for the exit would cost approximately $10,000, while three staff stations would cost $6,000. That’s a total of $17,800.
It is also possible to build a solution from scratch. You could use HF or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags, and purchase off-the-shelf handheld readers, such as Motorola‘s MC3190-Z handheld, as well as portals from a company such as Industrial Portals). You would also need to develop or purchase software and hire a systems integrator to put the solution together.
Listed below are some articles we have published about libraries using RFID. I hope this information helps you.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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