RFID Technology for Libraries

To streamline library function and reduce long-term costs, many libraries have begun to look to radio frequency identification (RFID) as a replacement for the ubiquitous bar code system due to the increased functionality RFID systems provide in terms of circulation, security, inventory, and other areas of library workflow. RFID is not a new technology, with the first recorded mention found in a 1948 paper by Harry Stockman called “Communications by Means of Reflected Power”. Libraries planning to make the transition must reconsider many workflow conceptions and carefully weigh the benefits of such a system to ensure the functionality gained would meet their needs. RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is the latest technology to be used in library theft detection systems. Unlike EM (Electro-Mechanical) and RF (Radio Frequency) systems, which have been used in lib raries for decades, RFID-based systems move beyond security to become tracking systems that combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library, including easier and faster charge and discharge, inventorying, and materials handling.
 
RFID is a combination of radio -frequency-based technology and microchip technology. The information contained on microchips in the tags affixed to library materials is read using radio frequency technology regardless of item orientation or alignment and distance from the item is not a critical factor except in the case of extra-wide exit gates.
 
As an RFID Library Solution Providers we are best to offer excellent value for products, excellent customer support service and the freedom to innovate and be creative.
 
We see RFID as a way for you to deliver service smarter, faster and in the way consumers want to receive them. No queues or long waiting times, no access problems or customer service issues but longer opening hours, enhanced customer services and improved stock availability.
 
2CQR RFID solution provides improved security, flexibility in stock management and inventory control as well as improved data collection and trend analysis.
 
Advantages of RFID systems
 
1. Rapid charging/discharging
2. Simplified patron self-charging/discharging
3. High reliability
4. High-speed inventorying
5. Automated materials handling
6. Long tag life
 
Disadvantages of RFID Systems
 
1. High cost
2. Vulnerability to compromise
3. Removal of exposed tags
4. Exit sensor problems
 
Differentiation Among RFID Systems
 
While library RFID systems have a great deal in common with one another, including the use of high-frequency (13.56 MHz), passive, read-write tags, there are some significant differences:
 
An RFID system may be a comprehensive system that addresses both the security and materials tracking needs of a library by replacing both EM strips and barcodes or it may be a part of a hybrid system that uses EM strips for security and RFID for materials tracking. All of the systems currently available are comprehensive RFID systems except for the hybrid system offered by 3M.
 
An RFID system may manage security by using a "theft" bit on the tag that can be turned on or off, or it may interface with an automated library system and query that system to determine the security status.
 
The RFID system tags may contain only an identification number or they may contain considerable additional information, some of which may be permanent and some capable of being rewritten. The 74 bit tag can accommodate only identification, the 256 bit tag can accommodate a small amount of additional information, and the 1024 bit can accommodate considerable additional information.
 
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