Pricing and vulnerability There are other disadvantages, too. Topping the list is cost. Book tags cost between 40¢ and 70¢ per tag. Media tags run about $1 each. The prices of tags are coming down, but library tags will not decrease as fast as those used in warehouse applications. Those tags work on different frequencies and are meant for use at the group level rather than the short-range item level. A library with 100,000 books and 5000 media items would spend $45,000 on tags alone. This is for plain tags. Customized tags, with logos, for instance, will cost more. Hardware costs in the thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars. For example, self-check machines can cost nearly $20,000, and inventory wands can cost between $4000 and $8000. Some vendors require the additional purchase of a computer server, or special software. None of the prices include ongoing maintenance contracts (between eight and 15 percent of the hardware price). There is also the cost of conversion to consider; either staff will have to reallocate their time from other functions or temporary staff must be hired.
Perceptions Information usually encoded on the RFID chip is whatever was on the bar code. In some cases, information can be added, but generally it is: author, title, call number, location, barcode number.
RFID in Plain English Special Libraries Association Baltimore, MD June 12, 2006 Max Anderson, SOLINET
Sample Costs Associated with Implementing RFID a lot (not including staff time!) Total $15,000 (optional) Server $2,500 - $4,500 Portable scanner/inventory reader $45,000 - $200,000 Bookdrop with sorter $2,500 (optional) Bookdrop readers $.50 - $1.50 ea Tags $3,500 - $6,000 Exit sensors/readers $2,500 Staff workstations $18,000 - $22,000 Patron self-checkout station $2,500 to $5,000 (or $250/wk) Retrospective conversion station