Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is different from Electromagnetic (EM). The first mainly being used to control logistics in libraries,
the latter mainly in use as a perfect technology for security protection. In general RFID devices act similar and serve the same purpose
as barcode scanners, but there is no need to optically scan and search the barcode labels, as RFID labels can be scanned in open air to
retrieve the identification data.
RFID technology enables the move from manpowered to self-service circulation. With the use of RFID self-service check-out systems,
patrons can check-out their items themselves in a fast, cost-efficient way, resulting in fewer waiting lines and less personnel. To return the
items patrons may use RFID bookdrops and sorters to automatically check-in, even 24/7 outside opening times of the library.
Not only does RFID technology speed up the circulation processes, it also enables the automation of inventory scanning and searching.
The reliability, efficiency and the high speed of materials handling contribute to an optimal operation of your full circulation system.
The Sapphire™ self service unit comes standard without software, but is optionally available with full circulation software including check-in, check-out and renew functions. Upon request preconfigured to an LMS (Library Management System) through SIP2, which is completely supported, and is SIP3 and NCIP ready once this new standard is valid.