Norcross, GA. Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a division of Vernon Library Supplies Inc., and Polaris Library Systems, a pioneer in library automation, have formed a strategic partnership. The partnership will expand the product offerings available to both ITG and Polaris customers and ensure the interoperability of technology between the companies' products.
"ITG and Polaris share a common goal: to leverage the combined power of our companies for the benefit of our customers," said Shai Robkin, president and CEO of Integrated Technology Group. "Working together, ITG and Polaris will ensure interoperability between our respective systems and deliver enhanced capabilities that neither company can offer independently."
Customers using both ITG and Polaris self-checkout solutions will benefit from the partnership. ITG will provide key hardware and software components that work with and enhance the capabilities of Polaris patron management and circulation data software. Polaris will now offer enhanced ExpressCheck software compatible with ITG's electromagnetic security, RFID and security case unlocking capabilities, in addition to expanded furniture options for the station. And customers can expand their systems to include ITG's Apex XpressCheck self-service kiosk, Vista Sorting, and Automated Materials Handling (AMH) systems – all fully compatible with Polaris software components.
"Our partnership with ITG opens up a lot of doors for our customers," said Bill Schickling, president and CEO of Polaris. "Not only can customers purchase a range of RFID products through Polaris, but this partnership also enables us to immediately offer a self-check solution with security and with the ability to open lock box cases."
"We are also committed to working with ITG to develop a self-check solution that includes an interface to our ExpressCheck software," he added. "This will provide Polaris customers with the full benefits of our ExpressCheck product, plus all of the hardware features that ITG is known for, including security and RFID."
About the Integrated Technology Group
The Integrated Technology Group (ITG) develops, markets and supports library automation technologies that empower librarians to make operations more efficient and better serve their patrons. ITG's products include patron self-checkout, automated materials handling systems (AMH) and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. With over 30 years experience in the library industry, ITG combines smart technology and progressive design to create standard solutions that can be easily customized to meet site-specific requirements. ITG, a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginnings thirty years ago, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with time-saving technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970s through its third-generation Polaris Integrated Library System. In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers workflow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access and network services to libraries. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.