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Bibliotheca asserts new RFID main installations worldwide

Press Release: Bibliotheca [November 21, 2004]

After 40 installations worldwide the success story of the BiblioChip RFID Library Systems continues with new main installations in Europe and the USA. Bibliotheca's RFID system for media circulation and security is a non-proprietary solution based on ISO Standards (15693, 18000-3). Libraries appreciate the system's advanced software and ergonomically designed devices that are simple to operate and good for a modular setup.

Now, Bibliotheca announces a new implementation in Belgium's Main Public Library in Antwerp. The library is the most popular one in the town and maintains an inventory of one million items. The one Million Euro (1.2 Million US$) project does not include the 26 sub-libraries yet. “This project is extremely important for us, because Antwerp will install a 24-hour Automatic Book Return combined with a high-tech sorter system,” declares Bibliotheca Chairman Marcel Nauer. After Winterthur/Switzerland and Heiloo/Netherlands this is the third public library using a BiblioReturn. Special to Antwerp is that the returned items will even be delivered with an elevator to their own floor. In addition, Antwerp will equip the BiblioChip Patron cards with a payment function. Patrons can use the new Payment Machines to pay in all kind of library fees without asking the staff.

All these devices and the standard equipment of Self Check-out Stations for the patrons and Security Gates at the exit will extremely increase the library's efficiency in media circulation and security.

After successful US-installations in the Mastics Moriches Public Library in New York State, the Northland Library in Pittsburgh/PA and the Public Library at Fayetteville/West Virginia, the Naval Weapon Station at China Lake/California is the recent project which Bibliotheca is still likely to place a contract this year.

Again the BiblioChip System's benefits were confirmed by the Public Libraries in Vienna/Austria and Stuttgart/Germany. One year ago the Main Libraries, both with an inventory of more than 300.000 items, started using Bibliotheca's system. Now, three further local branches in each town will install it.

Not only libraries with a large inventory choose RFID but also libraries with 50,000 items or less prefer the new technology. For the Public Library in Goirle/Netherlands it is not a matter of size whether RFID or not. They just decided in favour of BiblioChip.

There is no doubt: RFID technology will also prevail in library's use worldwide – no matter what size or kind of library. The BiblioChip System is already Europe's number one RFID library system. The Swiss company Bibliotheca is based in Zug/Switzerland and Philadelphia/PA/USA. It is specialized in designing, producing and marketing of RFID systems, hard- and software for library automation and media security.

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Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 21, 2004
Place of Publication:Zug, Switzerland
Company: Bibliotheca
Libraries: Antwerp Public Library
Subject: RFID technology
Record Number:11187
Last Update:2024-05-10 10:15:34
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00