After years of studies, trials and pilots, many European companies and organizations have determined how and where to best deploy RFID. Now, from Belgium to Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and the United Kingdom, they're putting the technology to work in a myriad of industries to solve real-world problems.
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Millions of tagged books, DVDs and CDs speed checkout times, boost visits and add value to the community.
To manage its rare legal documents, the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law plans to use tags promising a 40-year lifespan.
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.
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.
New books examine RFID certification, produce packaging, library applications and the market at large.
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.
BindTech, a Nashville, Tenn., bindery, received a patent for a process that can embed an RFID tag in a book cover as it is being manufactured.
The school uses RFID to check out, check in and sort books, freeing staff to provide more research help to library patrons.