While other library automation players have made announcements for their support of mobile devices, Innovative Interfaces introduced its first product in this category back in 2001. The early versions came out at the time when PDA’s were the dominant handheld wireless device. AirPAC delivered an online catalog interface scaled down to accommodate the smaller screens and limited input controls of these smaller devices.
AirPAC has steadily advanced in step with the evolution of the broader mobile arena. Today AirPAC supports a variety of mobile devices, including the specific apps for the Apple iPhone and the Blackberry Storm. The iPhone version of AirPAC was introduced in January 2009.
Capabilities of new version of the AirPAC include searching the library’s catalog with results listed in relevancy order, taking advantage of the company’s RightResult search technology. Users can identify library locations through a direct integration with the Google Map API, sign into their account and renew charged materials or place requests, select items in lists for later reference, or register for programs offered by their library. AirPAC includes access to the library’s electronic materials, with links to full-text materials.
In this era, where one company after another makes announcements for new mobile apps, Innovative interfaces has had a product in this space for almost a decade.