What UHF Tag Would Be Best to Tag Books in a Library?

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Ask The ExpertsWhat UHF Tag Would Be Best to Tag Books in a Library?
RFID Journal Staff asked 8 years ago

Which manufacturer's RFID tags would you recommend for tracking library books?

—Name withheld


There is no "best" ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag for all libraries. There are a variety of issues that need to be considered when choosing a tag, such as the optimal read range, the data you want to store on the tag, whether you are placing the tag in the spine of a book or the inside cover, and so forth. I will say that books are RF-friendly, so a wide variety of tags should work without much problem. I would encourage you to read "The Right UHF RFID Tags for Libraries—Criteria, Concern and Issues," written by a team of City University of Hong Kong researchers, which spells out many issues you would need to consider when choosing a tag for tracking library books.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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