THOROFARE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2003--Checkpoint Systems, Inc., (NYSE:CKP), the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to libraries, announced it has been contracted to install its Intelligent Library System(R)(ILS) in 18 additional libraries. To date, Checkpoint has installed the Intelligent Library System in more than 100 libraries. With 36 years of technology development expertise, Checkpoint has earned the leading position in library RFID technology.
The 18 libraries that have recently installed or have contracted to install Checkpoints ILS include:
- Algonquin Area Public Library District (Algonquin, IL)
- Algonquin Area Public Library District - Branch Library (Algonquin, IL)
- Cedar Falls Public Library (Cedar Falls, IA)
- Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA)
- Conserve School (Land O Lakes, WI)
- Cudahy Family Library (Cudahy, WI)
- Eckhart Public Library (Auburn, IN)
- Elmhurst Public Library (Elmhurst, IL)
- Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library -(Evansville, IN)
- Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library - Oaklyn Branch (Evansville, IN)
- Homewood Public Library (Homewood, IL)
- Iowa City Public Library (Iowa City, IA)
- Messenger Public Library (North Aurora, IL)
- Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, IN)
- Prairie Trails Public Library District (Burbank, IL)
- Shorewood Public Library (Shorewood, WI)
- South Sioux City Public Library (South Sioux City, NE)
- William H Willenas Genealogy Center (Auburn, IN)
These libraries join the Cerritos Library in California, Skokie Public Library in Illinois, University of Georgias Alexander Campbell King Law Library, The University of Connecticuts Homer Babbidge Library, the Salt Lake City Public Library, the University of Pennsylvanias Annenberg Library, and many other libraries that have installed the ILS system.
The Intelligent Library System speeds up the materials checkout process by providing a swift, one-step motion for issuing materials, simultaneously updating the information in the librarys circulation system and electronically activating security. After installing the ILS system, libraries have realized significant operational improvements by reducing materials handling time by as much as 75%. The ILS also allows for individual self-checkout, enhanced security, circulation management, and efficient inventory, all integrated into a single system.
The ILS employs a single technology supporting both material handling and security applications, and is based on technology developed by Checkpoint specifically for libraries. It functions via a unique RFID Circulation Circuit(R) placed on or inside the items. This circuit operates within its own local network (LAN) of RFID readers placed at appropriate locations throughout the library, including the library entry/exit where it functions as a security alert, triggering an alarm and identifying the items being removed from the library without permission. The ILS can simultaneously process up to 20 items a second, making it the fastest system available for libraries.
The ILSs Patron Self-Checkout Station lets patrons check out items from the library in a matter of seconds. To do this, they simply pass their materials over the embedded RFID reader and the system automatically checks out the items. The Self-Checkout has an advanced graphical users interface (GUI) and utilizes touch screen technology to make the checkout process both user friendly and efficient. A receipt for the items being checked out is automatically generated by the system, and the patron can exit the library. Because of the stations ease of use, some librarians have reported up to 50% of their transactions have moved to self-check-out.
Key to the efficiency of the ILS is its Portable Reader, a lightweight, hand-held sensing unit that facilitates fast and accurate inventory of the library material. Librarians simply walk down the stacks, passing the reader over the books and other items. The ILS "reads" the circulation circuit in each item, and automatically updates the librarys database as to the existence and location of the item. In addition to its inventory use, the Portable Reader can also be used for locating mis-shelved volumes, individual item searches, mobile check-in/check-out, and weeding out materials.
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a multinational company, is a pioneer in the development of RFID technology for libraries and other industries. Founded in 1967 as a library security company, Checkpoint is the leading provider of RFID technology to libraries, has tagged over 10 million books to date and has a greater than 80% share of RFID library installations. Checkpoint is the worlds leading provider of radio frequency- (RF) based shrink management solutions to the $1 trillion global retail industry, including over half of the worlds top 200 largest global retailers. The company, which has a presence in more than 50 countries, also markets laser and thermal printers and CCTV systems designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide value-added solutions for customers across many markets and industries. For more information on Checkpoints Intelligent Library System, visit www.checkpointlibrary.com.