WASHINGTON, DC, June 23-25, 2007 (ALA Conference Exhibit Hall, Booth 1935) – 3M Library Systems has introduced significant enhancements to its RFID (radio frequency identification) systems that help improve the performance, ease of use, and aesthetics of the technology for library applications, at the American Library Association's annual conference and exhibition at the Washington Convention Center.
The enhanced SelfCheck System C-Series from 3M for self-service returns now permits external and internal drop chutes to be in close proximity, facilitating convenient sorting options. C-Series systems check in returned items in real time, allowing for the fast return of materials to circulation, while automatically identifying "holds" and "exceptions" – including items to be placed on hold for customers or to be returned to other branches.
"Real-time check-in and automated identification of exceptions can be major productivity-boosters for library staffs," observed Jacob Haas, marketing supervisor, 3M Library Systems. "Putting these advantages to work in closely positioned drop chutes while maintaining high RFID accuracy brings the full range of RFID benefits to the self-return process."
Other features of the SelfCheck System C-Series from 3M for materials check in include:
- Simple-to-use 3M Digital Library Assistant connection to help speed sorting and return of in-demand items to the shelves;
- Automatic staff-hold receipts, for fast identification of exceptions;
- Web-based monitoring and diagnostic capabilities that let administrators remotely troubleshoot systems to quickly resolve situations such as a printer out of paper or an offline circulation system.
In addition to the C-Series enhancement, 3M Library Systems unveiled an enhanced version of its RFID detection system. The new 3M Detection System Model 8900 offers excellent performance and security coverage, and an expanded offering of finish options to enable the gates to complement a range of interior designs.
"Security systems take on visual prominence simply because all library patrons must pass through them," said Rory Yanchek, business manager, 3M Library Systems. "The Detection System Model 8900 is available with several of the same finish options as our industry-leading portfolio of self-service solutions, which elevates 3M's ability to match the décor of the library."
The 3M Detection System Model 8900, which is safe for magnetic media, provides high-performance coverage over a corridor width that meets ADA requirements. The system includes an integrated digital counter for tracking the number of patrons. The detection panels are available in several wood-laminated finishes, including cherry and oak, the same as those offered with the SelfCheck System portfolio of products from 3M. A neutral, clear finish is also available, and all of the new offerings are available with direct, base-plate or buried-cable mounting options.
Detection systems are part of 3M's broad range of RFID library solutions for high productivity, ease of use, and security," said Yanchek. "And everything we offer is backed by our best-in-class service capabilities and reputation for reliability."
White Paper Series Launched with RFID 101 and RFID 201
Haas also announced the online publication of RFID 101: Four Reasons to Invest in RFID... and Three Reasons to Wait, and RFID 201: The Basics, the first installments of a new white paper series that breaks down the RFID System from 3M in an easy-to-understand manner. Subsequent installments, to be published later this year, will encompass RFID 301: A More In-Depth Look;
RFID 401: Four Phases to Successful Implementation; and RFID 501: Why Now? RFID 101 and RFID 201 are available now at www.3M.com/us/library.
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