California Library Association Conference –San Jose, California – November 12, 2004 – Libramation, a leader in providing library automation equipment technology to libraries, announced today that the Zottegem Library in Belgium has implemented its RFID technology for both patron self-check, circulation desk and security. The library is housed in the Egmont Castle, a charming building dating to the 11th century. The RFID Zottegem is one of twenty Libramation RFID installations in Europe.
Security has long been a priority at the Egmont Castle. Originally a fortified country-house, the building became a feudal fortress for the Lord of Sottegem by the early 13th century. By the 15th century it became a grand mansion, complete with a moat and moat wall to protect its occupant, John of Luxembourg. Security measures, however, could not protect its next occupant, Count Lamoral, who was beheaded at the Brussels Grand Place in the 16th century. Since then the castle has housed a hospital, a church, a college, a folklore museum, and finally the public library serving the city of Zottegem.
The restoration of the castle to its current splendor began in 1994, overseen by the firm Verstraete-Van Hecke. They were charged with creating a functional and attractive public library while maintaining the authentic elements of the building.
The introduction of RFID technology in the Castle a decade later posed unique challenges. Building elements like stone flooring made the physical installation problematic. Melding new technology into the interior design of the library was a high priority. Finally, the new system would need to be flexible, easy to use and adhere to international technology standards. The Libramation solution (installed by Kno-Tech, its sister company in Europe) exceeded all expectations.
Libramation offers custom installation services to insure that the unique interior design elements in each library are enhanced, not compromised. Cabinets are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. System hardware can even be installed in the library's own millwork. The special needs of every customer are paramount in the planning and integration of the system.
Libramation's RFID technology was also designed with flexibility in mind. Libraries choose from many options including hardware, software, custom animation and a variety of languages. Libraries are sure to find exactly what they need to meet their specific objectives.
Adherence to standards is critical to any library technology plan. Libramation is committed to every applicable industry standard, including the ISO 15693 standard and the emerging ISO 18000-3 standard and SIP 2 and NCIP protocols. Furthermore, the software is written using the industry standard C++ programming language. Such commitment to standards insures Libramation products will work well together with other library automation applications in use at libraries.
Recent installations in North-America are the Cesar Chevaz Branch of the Oakland Public Library. The Library is part of a new community development conveniently located at the Fruitvale station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Also the Princeton Public Library, Lexington Public Library and the Whitby Public Library are RFID installations.
Libramation is positioned as a leader in library automation equipment technology and ergonomic work environments. We take pride in knowing that our systems and service are continually evolving to meet the needs and expectations of our clients.
With its new office in Utah Libramation continues to expand its sales and marketing efforts in the United States. Libramation headquarters is in Edmonton Alberta Canada and has a sister company, Kno-Tech, the Netherlands. The company's contemporary and functional automation products have progressed from front of the house Easy-Check units, to automated return and sorting systems, and our latest, the Lib-Chip RFID Library and Self Check solutions.
Libramation systems are in use at libraries in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and throughout Canada.