2009, April 24 - Cham, Switzerland. The name says it all: Bibliotheca's new software is a unique, integrated solution with cross-system monitoring. It provides a surprising range of modern functions to update the operation of the entire RFID system for both users and librarians. A new SelfCheck and BiblioReturn software will be launched mid of July 2009. The integration of BiblioGates in this complex software solution will be follow shortly afterwards.
The innovative core of the Next Generation Software is the so-called Biblio Cockpit: from a central computer, it coordinates and monitors all RFID components with their familiar functions as well as new ones, allowing decentralized installation of applications. The RFID installation, originally consisting of independently operation components, is thus in future an efficient, integrated system which is centrally controlled and configured. Status information on all processes, statistics on the workflow of the entire system as well as error messages are collected in one place and clearly visualized. Support is informed by e-mail or text message, making it possible to respond swiftly and round-the-clock if necessary. If desired, the entire system can be made accessible via internet so as to be able to eliminate faults externally. What is more, all RFID components can be centrally activated and deactivated on a time-triggered basis via the cockpit. This ensures stable and secure operation of the entire system.
This new development allows a broad margin of individualization, so project-specific tasks can be carried out swiftly and flexibly. Visitors also benefit: user guidance and the screen interface of the SelfChecks can be adapted in detail to any specific library, in both design and process and if necessary using animation. User guidance appropriate to children or seniors can be implemented at any time. The variety of ways in which users can pay fees is growing, too: it is possible to use cash cards, credit cards without PIN or also cards from local systems such as campus cards.
The complete list of features is lengthy. For this reason, just a few key aspects will be mentioned here, such as automatic media conversion, securing of media by means of AFI byte, and mixed operation of various data models etc. "The Next Generation Software is a progressive product which addresses the current desires and practical requirements of libraries to the very highest standards. There is no comparable solution on the market to date able to offer such a broad spectrum of functions and benefits," says André Koitzsch, Bibliotheca's international sales manager.
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Current BiblioChip users can receive the new software via an update program. All new projects will of course be implemented using the Next Generation Software from the outset.