For the first time in the UK market, an alliance of leading library suppliers including diversified technology company 3M, 2CQR, Axiell, Bibliotheca, DTech, Intellident, and Plescon Security Products, have come together to support the ISO 28560 tag data
standard and the UK National Profile that relates to how this will be implemented in UK. The soon-to-bereleased standard will help Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) take a huge step towards becoming a universally adopted technology in UK libraries.
In forming the Alliance, each member has committed to help deliver ISO-based solutions to the library community and achieve the ultimate goal to make all library items interchangeable between libraries, regardless of the self-service equipment deployed. The benefits of this agreement could be instrumental to the wider public use of library facilities, as the loaning and returning items could be completed at different venues, allowing for much greater flexibility.
The move to form an Alliance has been made possible by the development of the new standard from the global ISO standards body. ISO/DIS 28560 relates to how information is stored on an RFID tag and, as a result, all new tags can be read in the same way, allowing interoperability of disparate self-service solutions.
The agreement is a breakthrough for the use of RFID technology in libraries as it will provide a single standard that every member can work to. The Alliance between these leading vendors demonstrates that although competing at a solution level, they share a common belief in promoting standards and recognise that tagged items should be interchangeable between libraries.
Importantly, for existing customers of the Alliance suppliers, each has committed to supporting their historical customer base with the move to the new standard as and when required.
With the Alliance agreement in place and ISO/DIS 28560-2 setting the standard for all future tags, the next logical step is for libraries to act on this to further improve their services. The development and wider acceptance of RFID is growing at a pace, with the UK now the market leader in the deployment of innovative technology.
Paul Sevcik, Senior Product Development Specialist for 3M and a member of the ISO working group responsible for the standards comments: "The development of the ISO 28560 family of standards is critical to the continued growth of RFID applications in libraries and to providing a return on the library's investment in RFID. We are very excited about this Alliance and the commitment of the players involved, to make interoperability a reality for our customers."
Members of the Alliance will be in attendance at the RFID in Libraries Conference, organised by CILIP and sponsored by 3M, which takes place on 10 November 2009 in London.
3M is a leading supplier of technology solutions to libraries. The company offers a wide range of options to suit all libraries, including RFID systems, SelfCheck systems, Tattle-Tape Security technology and applications, detection systems and circulation accessories. For more information on how 3M can help transform your library, visit www.3M.co.uk/library or email firstname.lastname@example.org