SirsiDynix and Bibliotheca today reaffirmed their intent to extend and strengthen their global strategic partnership. Working together, the two companies continue to win the business of some of the largest and most demanding RFID projects in the world. The most recent of these includes Halifax Public Libraries and Northern Ireland Library Service. The Halifax project is a comprehensive implementation that includes RFID for over 1.3 million items, inventory devices, RFID staff stations, security gates and training. The Northern Ireland project will introduce RFID technology into all public libraries managed by Libraries NI, all of which will incorporate a selection of Bibliotheca equipment and tagging the service's entire collection of over 1.8 million library items.
Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix, commented, "We're not only enthused by the joint projects where we continue to compete and win. It's also the fact that as a global partner, Bibliotheca is in a strong position to work with SirsiDynix to provide RFID solutions to our worldwide customer base. This is very important to us, and we're very pleased to have a partner like Bibliotheca that has the reach to make it happen."
Jim Hopwood, Managing Director of Bibliotheca, added, "We have enjoyed a successful partnership with SirsiDynix in the USA for a number of years, and we are delighted to extend this to our combined global customer base. Both parties' flexibility to deliver deep technical integration between our products for Patron Service, Library Automation and Security is providing industry leading solutions to our customers, today and into the future, as evidenced by the award of these two prestigious projects."
In addition to these noteworthy wins, SirsiDynix and Bibliotheca have committed to working closely together on development that will deliver a tighter integration to benefit existing and new customers. This includes a clear commitment to deliver integration utilizing web services, thus supporting the International adoption of the Library Communications Framework (LCF). This will allow the flexible enhancement of features such as circulation and inventory which have been, to date, restricted by the narrower approach of previous communication protocols such as SIP2 and NCIP.
Bibliotheca was formed in the spring of 2011 when the three leading independent companies of Bibliotheca (Switzerland), Intellident (UK) and Integrated Technology Group, ITG (North America) merged to create a single, global entity. In January of 2012, the Group was extended further with the acquisition of Trion AG, one of Europe's leading AMH suppliers. Bibliotheca is financially backed by One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan Chase & Co. The formation of this Group creates the world's largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of RFID-based solutions, with particular focus on public, private and academic library markets. www.bibliotheca.com
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable and robust, offering a complete solution out-of-the-box, and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow's libraries, today. www.sirsidynix.com