THOROFARE, NJ--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2000--Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to libraries, announced that it has been awarded a contract to install its Intelligent Library System(TM) (ILS) at the Canton Public Library in the Detroit suburb of Canton, Michigan. The library previously used a competing system but chose to upgrade to Checkpoint's leading-edge library RFID technology.
The Intelligent Library System greatly speeds up the check-out process by providing a swift, one-step motion for issuing books, simultaneously updating the information into the library's circulation system. ILS also allows for individual check-in and check-out, built-in security, circulation management, and highly efficient inventory, all integrated into one system. Checkpoint is the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) to libraries and has installed 17 systems and tagged over one million books to date.
The Canton Public Library joins Farmington Community Libraries, Freemont Public Library, Romeo Public Library, and Mt. Pleasant High School in Michigan, as well as, Rockefeller University Library in New York and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who have reported dramatic results in reducing materials handling time by as much as 75%.
"After careful evaluation of RFID capabilities, we chose Checkpoint's "Intelligent Library System". The technology platform on which the ILS is built far exceeds the capabilities of our current system and competitive RFID product offerings. It made Checkpoint the logical choice for us," said Jean Tabor, Library Director of the Canton Public Library. "The one-step, self-check-in/check-out technology of the ILS will greatly speed our process."
Checkpoint's ILS, built upon leading-edge RFID technology, is based on the Company's vast experience in library loss prevention and RF technology. Checkpoint's ILS is a single technology pioneered by the leader in wireless tracking systems for libraries of the future. It functions via a unique circulation circuit embedded inside the collections. This circuit operates its own local area network (LAN) and functions as a security alert, triggering an alarm when books are removed from the library without permission.
"Canton's decision to switch to our technology is continued evidence that we are the leaders in the development of technology systems for the library market," said Emmett Erwin, Director of the Library Division at Checkpoint Systems."
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a $750 million multinational company, is a pioneer in the development of RFID technology for libraries and other industries, and is the world's leading provider of digital radio frequency electronic article surveillance (RF EAS) systems. The company 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. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.'s web site is located at www.checkpointsystems.com.
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