The Modern Library
With social change and cutbacks in some local budgets, libraries have needed to adapt to survive. They have taken over the role of other local services and become more community-based centers. By embracing RFID technology in libraries, they have been able to develop in an efficient cost-effective way.
For 30 years, Dialoc ID has been developing technology that is able to identify and track articles. This technology is at the heart of the complete Library Solution service offered by Dialoc ID to libraries worldwide. The technology allows the library resources, the staff, and the library members to have an electronic identity and hence allows each transaction to be securely logged and monitored. RFID technology is the key to the system’s functionality.
What is RFID?
Radio frequency Identification (RFID) is a system that uses radio waves to allow a tag attached to articles in the library to communicate with an RFID reader. The reader can interrogate the tag and gain information from it. The tags can have their own power source or can derive power from the RFID reader. It is similar to how a barcode stores information in the code except the information is stored electronically and can, therefore, be changed or updated as required. The other benefit over a barcode is that it does not need to be in the line of sight for the information to be retrieved indeed the data can be transferred even when hundreds of meters apart. Unlike a barcode label, it is possible to embed RFID devices in the library items so that they are not visible making it difficult to tamper with them. The system also alerts staff if there is a situation where any of the tagged items are to leave the confines of the library.