Developed for the Legal and Government Profession
BLAST – Beacontree Library Automated SysTem is created specifically for busy law firms and government offices that require borrowing ‘Items’ (Books, CD’s, Folders etc.) quickly and easily while at the same time minimizing errors. BLAST utilizes RFID technology as a stand-alone system or as an overlay to the agencies existing library software.
Saving Time and Labour Costs with RFID
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If you are a library administrator considering upgrading your library’s tracking system, you should be aware of the different components when looking at an RFID solution. Most librarians and staff will agree that the library environment should look quietly dignified without an overabundance of computer technology. Typically, RFID equipment takes up a relatively small ‘technological footprint’ and is very discrete in both its look and it’s operation.
Let’s take a look at the Hardware Components of an RFID System:
An RFID reader (also called an interrogator) is a device that can collect data from (termed a ‘read’ operation), and send data to (termed a ‘write’ operation) compatible RFID tags. The reader can also interface with a host computer so that the data it reads from the tag can be transferred to the host for storage and analysis, and so it can collect data from the host that it can use to write-to or ‘program’ the tag.
RFID antennae form a particularly important element of any overall RFID system. They are the piece of equipment which is attached to the reader and reads or writes all the tags in the system. They can reach out for a maximum of 20ft from the reader and can perform different functionalities such as a check-out or a check-in.
The RFID tags Beacontree uses are known as UHF tags. These tags come in various sizes and shapes depending on the items they will go on. Typically in the world of libraries where books, folders, etc 2″ x 4″ passive tags work well. ‘Passive’ – This type of tag is the smallest and least expensive mostly because it does not have an internal power supply, such as a battery. Instead, the passive tag uses the power emitted from the RFID reader to ‘reactively’ energize itself and transmit or receive data.
Also part of a typical UHF RFID library system is a handheld wireless reader. Very convenient for data capture and library management applications. It’s fully integrated into the Beacontree RFID system and instantly reads the tags for quick, accurate shelving, storing and searching of library materials. It lets you take inventory as often as necessary and automatically updates the central library system.
All this equipment and much more is available from Beacontree Technologies as part of a total library RFID solution.