In libraries RFId technology improves the processing by enabling automated identification of individual items including books, CDs, DVDs and Videos. RFId allows e.g. registering entire pile of books at once instead of handling each book separately. It will also speed up customer service. Automatic RFId identification brings self-check systems better available.
The Kauhajoki public library was the first library in Finland to implement RFId technology in its operations in year 2004. The process started with pilot, and turned out to be very reliable solution. Kauhajoki public library is still a good example of succesfull initialization of RFId in libarary environment.
ToP Tunniste has delivered equipments and RFId tags to Kauhajoki library. ToP Tunniste also developed software interface required by the new technology to commnunicate with PallasPro library system. Pallas Pro was provided by TietoEnator.
RFId (Radio Frequency Identification) labels replace bar codes and traditional electro-magnetic alarm labels. The RFId label attached to the book contains a microchip. Information of the item is stored on the chip's memory. When using RFid labels, visual contact is no longer necessary for identifying books and other items. Instead of handling each book separately, an entire pile of books can be registered at once. The system also includes a self-check system. The microchip also switches alarms on and off when the material is checked-out and again in when returned to library. This increases the anti-theft gates' reliability. In addition to books and other available library material, also the library's customer cards are enabled with RFId.
The new solution improves the self-service possibilities in the library, moderates rush peaks and reduces the staff's work load. Human resources can be then re-allocated to for example information services. Also inventory and material management is significantly easier, thanks to location information saved in the microchip. The solution will speed up customer service and give better anti-theft function performance.
The technology used at Kauhajoki library included:
- HF 13.56 MHz Reader devices and external antennas by Feig Electronic
- Interface software to back-end system by ToP Tunniste
- HF 13.56 MHz tags by UPM RFID (formerly Rafsec and UPM Raflatac)
- Hamina library
- Juva library
- Joroinen library
- Oulunsalo library
- Pieksämäki library
- Turku library
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