The PG45 RFID security gates offered by P.V. Supa are made by our global partner Nedap and especially designed to blend into different library environments, while maintaining the open character of the space. Their sleek and transparent design are on many architect’s wish list. An alarm will sound when someone tries to carry an item that contains anti-theft activated RFID-label through the gates. Items that have already been checked out, and where the alarm has been deactivated, won’t cause an alarm on the gates. Because of the RFID-technology, other types of materials won’t cause false alarms. The alarm notifies by sound and by red light, which is built into each antenna. Alarm sound type and loudness are adjustable. For example, the alarm sound is on for only a moment but the light will remain on for a longer time.
The Phoenix RFID self-check unit, the newest offering in our self service suite of products, is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s libraries. Attention has been paid to appearance; the design is light, slim, and spacious. A glass table is used to create a sense of lightness and to make the device discreet in the library space, while still being a fully functional table top for patrons to use for their material.
The Phoenix Self Check has a guaranteed finish, utilizing high quality finishes and global suppliers. All hardware –computers, RFID readers, receipt printer– is integrated into the furniture. The design places emphasis on usability and ergonomics for patrons as well as maintainability and ease of service for the library staff. The Phoenix comes in both kiosk and a table top models. All RAL colors are available.
The P.V. Supa GoodStuff staff station consists of an RFID-reader and related control and conversion software. With GoodStuff the handling of RFID-tagged material and transmitting item identification information to and from a library management system is easy and straight forward. With the included conversion software, it is easy to write item identification information to RFID tag memory.
There are two different RFID reader models to choose from, based on the preferences of the library. Both models are easy to connect to existing staff computers. The table top model has stylish design and enables reading multiple items at the same time (stack reading). The other reader model is placed under a staff station table, out of sight, and doesn’t take up any space on the table surface. The antenna of the reader is shielded and only reads items from directly on top of the reader area effectively preventing false readings from other items placed on the desk. The shielding also prevents interference by any metal structures nearby. With the GoodStuff software the RFID readers communicate seamlessly with an existing library management system. There is no need to do any adjustments to the library system; GoodStuff can transmit the correct information from the RFID tags to the system. The alarm will be activated or deactivated when items are checked in or out. LibConvert 2 software converts and writes item identification information to RFID tags. It allows fast mass converting of existing barcoded items as well as handling new single items.
The P.V. Supa LibAssist is one of the most powerful RFID handheld readers available for libraries. It combines excellent reading performance with a compact, convenient size while still managing to be one of the lightest devices of its kind. The device is extremely ergonomic, allowing extensive periods of comfortable use with one hand. The adjustable and flexible antenna further increases ergonomic use by allowing items at different height to be scanned with ease. The device has a bright touch-screen and an intuitive user interface. This guarantees effortless use in a library. Excellent battery capacity allows the device to be easily used through an entire work day without charging. The software is easily updated, ensuring a long-life cycle for the device.
LibAssist system includes software for staff computers. It allows wireless transfer of item lists between the computer and handheld units. If a WLAN connection is not available, item lists can also be transferred via USB.
The LibAssist handheld software has three main functions. In inventory mode for example, it is possible to scan books on one shelf and create a transfer list of those items. Then there is a search mode where a list of items can be exported from the library system to the handheld unit, or manually input from the handheld keyboard. When you are scanning the shelves with the device it notifies you when it finds an item from that list. The last function is weeding mode, it works in reverse to search mode. An item list is uploaded to the handheld that, for example, should be on one shelf. When you are scanning the shelf, it notifies you if it finds an item which is not on the list. In this way, it is possible to remove the items which are in the wrong places.
P.V. Supa offers RFID labels for all different kinds of items that libraries have, such as books and CD/DVDs.
In addition to normal RFID-labels there are also so called Booster-tags availble for CDs and DVDs. These are bigger and have better performance. The materials used in these RFID- tags are very high quality and with rigorous quality assurance in manufacturing, a very long life and proper operation in library environment is assured. An RFID label consists of an aluminium antenna and a very small microchip attached to the antenna. For protection of the antenna and microchip there is a paper or plastic (PP) face material. On the back side of the label there is an adhesive layer that holds the label on an item. This adhesive is stable and there is no risk of its leakage over the edges of the tag, even for a very long period of time. Naturally all materials used meet modern environmental requirements - such as ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards.
Shelves that include RFID antennas are specially designed for checking in materials and are intended to be placed near to the library’s entrance. Every time a patron returns an item to the shelf, it sends the information directly to the library’s ILS and registers the material as returned.
Returning materials is as simple as just placing the item on the shelf. Anywhere. That’s it. No more queues, no more waiting in line.
For all materials that are returned in the Intelligent shelf, security is automatically switched on. Patrons can browse the shelves and remove items for check out. If a patron attempts to remove returned materials from the library without first checking them out, the alarm at the security gates will be activated.
Movable Intelligent Trolleys with wheels are connected to an info terminal. A simple click mechanism enables you to detach full trolleys and attach an empty one in a split second. Libraries that move their full trolleys to a ‘just returned’ section, see that over 25 % of all books returned are checked-out on the same day. The materials are instantly available to customer and this dramatically increases circulation and decreases the workload for library personnel. There are two different sizes of trolleys; the 3-shelve model holds about 120 items and then 4-shelve model about 160 items.