Norcross, GA. Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., announces a new patent and the addition of Ken Evans as vice president of sales and support. The company also signed seven new clients in the third quarter of 2007.
DirectReader Patent Allowed
ITG's newly patented DirectReader eliminates the need for an SIP-based application for library circulation staff stations. Staff members no longer have to learn a different operation or new workflow when using RFID. Libraries retain their existing circulation software and simply replace bar code-based scanning with RFID. Using RFID allows for scanning multiple items in a single check-in or checkout operation. DirectReader works with virtually every existing interactive library system (ILS) on the market, without requiring any customization of the target application.
"This is the first in what we hope will be many patents filed by ITG and accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office," said ITG's Product Manager, Amy Thropp. "We anticipate our Apex AV Xpress CD and DVD unlocking technology for self-service, currently patent-pending, will be next."
New Executive Hired
In September, ITG filled its newly created vice president of sales and support position. Ken Evans comes to ITG with more than 25 years of worldwide sales and customer support experience with the Hewlett-Packard Company. Previously, he completed a tour of military service and earned a degree in engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Evans is now dedicated to increasing ITG's market penetration while focusing on customer service and maximizing return on investment for libraries.
New Customer Libraries
ITG expanded its presence in the library RFID and self-checkout markets with seven installations of its Apex RFID and Apex XpressCheck solutions. New clients signed in the third quarter include:
- Coralville Public Library, Iowa (RFID)
- City of Longmont, Colo. (RFID)
- City of Salem, Va. (Self-checkout)
- Piscataway JFK Library, N.J. (Self-checkout)
- Villa Park, Ill. (Self-checkout)
- Metropolitan Library System, Okla. (RFID)
- City of Fontana, Calif. (RFID)
New Hardware Options
The company also launched the Apex XpressCheck graphical receipt printer, which allows customized content to be printed onto patron receipts, and a new touch screen monitor using the latest acoustic pulse recognition (APR) technology.
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.