RFID Technology for Libraries
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 libraries 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 (i.e., the technology does not require line-of-sight or a fixed plane to read tags as do traditional theft detection systems) and distance from the item is not a critical factor except in the case of extra-wide exit gates. The corridors at the building exit(s) can be as wide as four feet because the tags can be read at a distance of up to two feet by each of two parallel exit sensors.
The targets used in RFID systems can replace both EM or RF theft detection targets and barcodes.
Features & Benefits:
Reduce time spent on searching books by locating them instantly.
Detect illegal removal of books.
Better management of inventory because of less handling by staff.
Reduced stress to staff as they are free from doing repetitive and laborious tasks.
The better alternative to barcodes as RFID last longer.
Reduce staff overhead costs by minimizing human involvement.