PROVO, Utah—July 20, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Middlesex University (London, UK) will install a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system at its new Hendon Campus Library, achieving the first UK installation of the industry-leading RFID system developed by Bibliotheca of Switzerland, a Dynix partner in providing RFID technology. The system will be supplied and installed by D-Tech Direct, the sole UK distributor of Bibliotheca systems.
Middlesex University has been a Dynix customer since 1994 and is ranked as one of the top 20 UK universities according to the recently published Guardian University League Table. Middlesex will install its new RFID system by September 2004, when the Hendon Campus Library is scheduled to open. The RFID system will be fully integrated with the library's deployment of the Horizon Information Management System, enabling faster circulation, an easy-to-use self-service facility, and improved security and inventory tracking for the library's collection. Tagging of the library's collection began in early June.
Both the Hendon Campus Library and the new RFID system are part of the university's ambitious regeneration plan, designed to offer the very best teaching facilities to its students. The new £12 million learning resource centre at the Hendon Campus will provide advanced language and media facilities to enhance autonomous learning opportunities for students. The centre will offer students the latest information technology services.
“The RFID system from Dynix is much more than a security system. It offers opportunities for stock control beyond those used in a conventional security system,” said William Marsterson, Head of Information and Learning Resource Services. “This will improve our ability to help students use modern self-managed library processes and will give them greater flexibility in accessing library stock.”
“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Middlesex University in its implementation of a library RFID system,” said Mark Carden, Dynix Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “Middlesex University is visionary in its application of new technologies, and this RFID system will provide new levels of service and functionality to both staff and students.”
During the process of selecting a system, key Middlesex University staff visited a library in Switzerland to see the technology demonstrated in a live setting. Additionally, the staff received onsite demos from D-Tech Direct at the university. Following an enthusiastic response to the demonstrations and to final discussions with all parties at the Library and Information Show in April, a specific system configuration was planned to meet the library's needs.
For more than 10 years, Bibliotheca has been developing the next generation of intelligent Radio Frequency Library Systems. Its technology now incorporates a highly effective security element with an easy identification process. The user-friendly technology allows stock/media items to be issued or returned quickly and easily, thus saving library staff time. The issue and return of multiple books and having one label for both self-issue and security provide additional benefits.
Training for the Middlesex RFID system will be provided by Dynix partner D-Tech Direct. D-Tech Direct recently demonstrated the Bibliotheca RFID system at the Dynix/Horizon User Group Conference in Edinburgh on July 7-9.
About Middlesex University
Middlesex was recently ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the country in the Guardian University League Table, placing 19th out of 119 higher education institutions in the UK. With more than 25,000 students and 2,500 staff, Middlesex University is one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom and maintains an annual operating turnover of £120 million. It teaches 5,000 international students, more than any other UK university. Middlesex University aims to be a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, scholarship, and professional practice.
Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Bibliotheca is a leading provider of RFID technology products to libraries. Its installed systems manage the circulation and inventory of a combined total of nearly 40 million items. The company's American headquarters are located in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Bibliotheca designs, manufacturers, and services RFID library systems through an international network of employees and distributors. For more information on the company, visit www.bibliotheca-rfid.com.
About D-Tech Direct
Based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, D-Tech Direct is the sole UK distributor of Bibliotheca RFID systems. Managing Director Marvin Crisp, who has more than 20 years' experience within the library market, launched the company in 2002. Much of the company's success has been built on the excellent technical support provided by the D-Tech team.
Dynix is the global leader in new-name sales of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.