POMONA, CA. - September 13, 2006 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR.PK), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 35 years, today announced the integration of Quova, Inc.'s GeoPoint service with Auto-Graphics' AGent library automation platform. Auto-Graphics' library partners equipped with AGent's new IP geolocation feature can now more effectively meet their patrons' needs by offering instant, remote access to authoritative content resources to aid them with their research - even when the library is closed. The new location-based intelligence allows patrons to remotely access electronic library resources from anywhere in a defined geographic region - without requiring a traditional library card for authentication.
Through geolocation authentication, patrons will have instant, online access to authoritative, licensed content provided to them through their library, consortium or the state. Quova is the authority on IP Intelligence and leading provider of Internet geolocation data and services, and the Quova GeoPoint service establishes a patron's eligibility to access library resources based on that user's location within a specific geographic domain. Only when a patron is determined to be outside of the domain is a traditional library card, bar code or other form of patron authentication required to verify patron credentials.
"We are constantly looking for new technologies that extend the walls of our libraries and enable more convenient information discovery to a larger number of patrons, and we're pleased that Auto-Graphics was able to develop this important capability at our request," said Ken Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian. "By utilizing this new technology for iCONN, the Connecticut Digital Library, we expect to increase usage of our State-licensed resources and streamline patron access to our online library resources, as well as make more information available to those who cannot physically access a brick and mortar library."
Many libraries are faced with a growing number of individuals within a community who require access to a State's licensed resources but don't have the time to obtain a library card, or the desire to divulge personal information. The Quova service maps all IP addresses on the Internet, collecting information in a database and referencing it against the accessing IP address to verify eligibility. Once authenticated - whether in the library, or from any other Internet connection - patrons have the ability to simultaneously search multiple, disparate, free and licensed content sources through AGent Search, without additional authentication.
"Auto-Graphics is opening a powerful new authentication market with its library initiative, and Quova is pleased to be working with them on this first deployment with iCONN," said Gary Jackson, COO of Quova. "We believe this is a market with tremendous growth potential, and we expect library systems nationwide to quickly embrace the Quova-powered AGent platform."
"We are thrilled that the first customer to incorporate this new technology is our longtime partner, the State of Connecticut, and we look forward to continually enhancing the iCONN portal's capabilities to help the State better serve its patrons," commented Paul Cope, president of Auto-Graphics. "We strive to integrate the best in leading-edge technology available to our statewide library partners through the AGent platform. By integrating Quova's geolocation authentication technology, we help our library partners leverage state investments to make their information services more accessible, convenient to use and easier to monitor."
About Quova, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Quova, Inc. is the leading provider of IP Intelligence and Internet geolocation services to online businesses, including five of the world's six largest global Internet companies. Quova's patented technology provides the geographic location and connection data of website visitors in real time, enabling thousands of enterprises worldwide to detect fraud, manage digital rights, target content, conduct site analysis and ensure regulatory compliance. Quova's customers and partners include such industry leaders as Major League Baseball Advanced Media, BBC, Bell Canada, Cisco Systems, Coremetrics, Corillian, Globo, Bankinter, Times Online and Sky Sports. A privately held company with investments from Mobius Venture Capital, IDG Ventures, Nexus Group and Schoffstall Ventures, Quova is headquartered in Mountain View, California (T: 650.528.3700) with European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (T: 31.20.888.45.30). For more information, please visit www.quova.com.
iCONN is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with the Department of Higher Education. Through iCONN, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. In addition, specialized research information is available to college students and faculty. For more information, please visit www.iconn.org.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more than five decades, providing data automation solutions to customers across multiple industries. For the past 35 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. Its flagship solution, AGent, is the one of the most comprehensive library automation platforms available today, allowing libraries of any size manage, share and search their resources. The AGent integrated product suite – currently used by more than 5,000 libraries in North America – comprises a complete ILS system for public libraries; a robust ILL solution for consortial entities and member libraries; and a powerful federated search solution for both public and academic libraries. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.