RFID is used by more and more publishing houses and libraries wishing to automate and streamline their processes. One big advantage of the technology is that the reading of the tags is done without a line of sight, so that there is no need to take books down from shelves, unpack books or leaf through books.
Using INVENT in libraries, publishing houses and warehouses has a proven effectiveness and is infinitely faster and easier than any other method used.
RFID is used in some of the world's biggest libraries:
- Queens Borough Public Library System - New York
The Queens Borough Public Library incorporates 62 libraries. The system was implemented in 2008, with 6.5 million books and CDs tagged initially. Each year the Library purchases and tags 1 million new items.
- Hamburger Öffentliche Bücherhallen – Hamburg
The Hamburg Public Library unites more than 18 libraries with more than 2 million items. The project started in 2006. The library has machines for self-service book borrowing and return.
- Shenzhen Library in China
Four million books with free access to them are located on an area of 50,000 sq m. RFID makes it possible to keep track and monitor the books effectively, no matter that more than 50,000 items are checked in or out daily.
- The Vatican Library
The system was implemented in 2004, with 50,000 books tagged initially, out of a total of 120,000 books with free access. To do its inventory-taking in the past the library had to close for a month each year. Now thanks to RFID this time has been reduced to a single day...