We don’t know whether this will help thwart late returns, but Cambridge, Mass.-based TAGSYS is tagging books at China’s Shenzhen Library.
Within days, nearly 2 million RFID tags will be integrated and installed on books, CDs, VHS tapes, and even patrons’ cards.
“Through the deployment of the TAGSYS RFID system we have realized our vision for a fully-automated library where patrons can borrow and return books and other media entirely on their own,” said Wu Xi, Librarian Chief for the Shenzhen library.
TAGSYS Equips China’s Shenzen Library with Fully Automated RFID Infrastructure
Largest RFID library deployment in China; second largest in the world.
Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) June 26, 2006 – TAGSYS, the global leader in item-level RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) infrastructure, today announced that it has been awarded the largest library RFID project in China at the Shenzhen Library. By the end of June, nearly two million TAGSYS RFID tags will be integrated and installed on books, CDs, VHS tapes, patron cards, and other library materials by TAGSYS’ local integration partner, Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd. The complete and fully automated RFID system is the second largest in the world – second only to the system developed by TAGSYS for the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, WA. It includes security gates, automatic self checkout and return stations, as well as programming and circulation stations.
“We are extremely proud to play a part in making Shenzhen Library a world-class, technologically innovative facility,” said Elie Simon, CEO of TAGSYS. “We have built a strong, trust-based partnership with Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd. for mainland China and are reinforcing our leadership position in the library sector worldwide.”
TAGSYS has long been committed to growing its market share in Asia. In 2004, the company opened a Hong Kong office to establish a firm presence in the region. It has since begun deploying its item-level RFID systems in partnership with NEC Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, and Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd., a local RFID integrator.
The Shenzhen Library has been recognized worldwide for its technological and architectural innovations. The 50,000 square meter library features an open space, partition-free design and has the capabilities to store over four million books, service 8,000 patrons and circulate 50,000 volumes per day. Scheduled to open to the public in July 2006, it will serve as the documentation and information service center and regional library network center for Shenzhen.
“Through the deployment of the TAGSYS RFID system we have realized our vision for a fully-automated library where patrons can borrow and return books and other media entirely on their own,” said Wu Xi, Librarian Chief for the Shenzhen library. “We currently have more than 1.8 million books and expect our collection grow into the millions in the near future.”
TAGSYS is the global leader in item-level RFID infrastructure. TAGSYS provides RFID systems and tags for end-to-end item-level tracking that automates labor-intensive processes, authenticates and safeguards goods, and enables real-time inventory and asset visibility. With a proven track record of delivering Reliable, Accurate and Secure (R.A.S.) RFID systems and tags, TAGSYS has deployed over 60 million tags and 50,000 reader systems to over 500 customers in more than 40 countries. TAGSYS’ RFID solutions are currently being deployed in a range of highly specialized vertical markets that include pharmaceutical, fashion apparel, libraries, and textile rental. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with offices and R&D Centers in France’s Smart Valley, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and in Hong Kong. More information on TAGSYS can be found at www.tagsysrfid.com.
About Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd
Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd. is a high-tech company which is engaged in system development and integration of RFID. From the beginning of 2003, Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd. has collaborated with TAGSYS to develop Chinese RFID library systems. In March 2006, Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd. won the first library RFID project in China – Shenzhen Library. Shenzhen Seaever Enterprise Co. Ltd will continue to work closely with TAGSYS ASIA Ltd. to develop additional RFID library projects in China.