THOROFARE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2000--Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CKP), the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to libraries, today announced that it has received a purchase order from the Cerritos Millennium Library in California to install its Intelligent Library System(tm) (ILS). Leading the way into the 21st century, the Cerritos Millennium Library will be the most state-of-the art library in the country when completed in July 2001.
Cerritos joins Santa Clara City Library, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Rockefeller University Library in New York, and others in implementing this technology. After installing the ILS system, these libraries have realized significant operational improvements by reducing material handling time by as much as 75%.
The Cerritos Millennium Library will be the first public library specifically built to serve the experienced-based economy of the new century. It will focus on the library patron as its product, creating a unique learning experience for all of its users. As the first titanium building in the United States, the futuristic 82,000 square feet structure will feature real and multimedia thematic learning centers for children and adults, museum exhibits and facilities for conferences. It will accommodate close to 300,000 volumes, which at five books per capita, underscores the city's belief in books as essential enrichment tools. The visitor will experience walking through a city-like setting with a stone-paved "Main Street" that includes a 15,000-gallon salt-water aquarium.
"The state-of-the-art capabilities provided by Checkpoint's Intelligent Library System(tm) are an important component in making the Cerritos Millennium Library as technologically advanced as possible," said Jim Greenwald, Librarian I - Automation Services, at the Cerritos Millennium Library. "Using Checkpoint's ILS underscores the importance we are placing on our library patrons and features like self-checkout will make their experience easier. We are replacing our existing electromagnetic security system, since it cannot service the needs of the 21st century."
Checkpoint's ILS, built on leading-edge RFID technology, is based on the Company's vast experience in library loss prevention and RF technology. The ILS provides Cerritos's patrons with self-check-out and check-in, inventory control, circulation management, and loss-prevention, all integrated into a seamless system. The ILS can eliminate the labor of manual material checkout and return processes, while controlling losses through advanced electronic article surveillance technology.
The ILS employs a single technology supporting both material handling and security applications, and is based on technology developed by Checkpoint. It functions via a unique RFID circulation circuit(tm) embedded inside the collections. This circuit operates within its own local network (LAN) of RFID readers placed at appropriate locations throughout the library, including the library entry/exit where it functions as a security alert, triggering an alarm when books are removed from the library without permission. The ILS system processes up to 30 books a second and is the fastest system available for libraries.
"Checkpoint's Intelligent Library System will play a significant role in helping the Cerritos Millennium Library be the library of the future," said Emmett Erwin, Director, Library Division at Checkpoint Systems. "With approximately 300,000 volumes, the ILS will make circulation, inventory control, materials return and security more efficient, allowing library staff more time to assist patron needs."
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a $750 million multinational company, is a pioneer in the development of RFID technology for libraries and other industries, and is the world's leading provider of digital radio frequency electronic article surveillance (RF EAS) systems. The company also markets laser and thermal printers and CCTV systems designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide value-added solutions for customers across many markets and industries. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.'s web site is located at www.checkpointsystems.com. For more information on RFID libraries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.