An affordable way for a library to start an RFID deployment is to create a reserved-books section that functions as a small, independent, automated library inside the main facility.
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.
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.
The solutions include a version that will work on smartphones and tablets paired with a Bluetooth-enabled handheld EPC Gen 2 RFID reader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.