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The Costs of RFID An RFID tag costs $.20 to $.40 more than a barcode An RFID-enabled Library card costs $1.00 to $2.00 more than one with a barcode. Materials management systems (automated returns and sorters) have no significant difference in cost between RFID and barcode, though combined systems have a somewhat higher cost
Benefits of RFIDBottom line:“Everything goes better with RFID”
Benefits of RFIDThe true bottom line[s]:You can’t justify RFID alone for circulation deskactivities [payback greater than 10 years] but anRFID-enabled materials management system[automated return and sorting] can have apayback period as low as 4 years.
Benefits of RFID Security is a close call: If you don’t have security and want it, implementing RFID will give you security AND the benefits of RFID RFID security is least-effective on metal substrate items such as CDs and DVDs, so that immediate issue is not completely addressed, but of course, that may not be an issue for many libraries in the mid-term future.
The [Future] Benefits of RFID The granularity of the new profile will eventually allow RFID itself to be used for: Supply chain efficiencies Reads from the chip [no SIP calls] so that systems cycle faster, are more efficient and are remotely- deployable Interoperability among libraries when we can read each other’s tags [ILL]
The Decision for RFID Every library considering new construction, expansion or significant re-purposing of existing space should seriously contemplate the very real benefits [current, near-term and future] of RFID.
Thanks Lori Ayre of the Galecia Group has done some very interesting studies on materials management and RFID, and I thank her for her input. www.galecia.com
NISO RFID Systems in Libraries The Supply Chain PerspectiveRob Walsh, President & Co-founder, EnvisionWare, Inc.
Outline• Why invest in RFID?• RFID Technologies• RFID Services
RFID Technologies• Tags • ISO 18000-3 Mode 1 • HF 13.56 MHz • Read range ~10-15 in.
RFID Technologies• RFID Readers and Antennas • One set per station • Software must be RFID-aware
RFID Technologies• Tag Encoding • Data format traditionally vendor- specific • ISO 28560 approved • NISO RP-6 Best Practices document updated to include US profile • US profile based on ISO 28560 Part 2
RFID Technologies• Tag Encoding • Mobile encoding stations • Any station with RFID reader, antenna, and encoding software can encode
RFID Technologies• Tag Encoding • Concentrated effort • As part of circulation cycle
RFID Technologies• Inventory Management • Multi-function portable devices • Any station with RFID reader, antenna, and inventory software can manage inventory
RFID Technologies• Security • Gates function like traditional EM gates but can identify individual items still secure • Can integrate with software monitoring systems
RFID Technologies• Self Check Out Stations • Generally RFID-aware versions of traditional self check out stations • May have special provisions for locking media
RFID Technologies• Staff Processing Stations • Generally software added to existing staff stations • RFID processing might be integrated or “bolt-on”
RFID Technologies• Self Check In (Automated Materials Handling / AMH) • Single bin automated returns assist with strict item limits • Sortation generally requires at least 2 or 3 bins