Canada-based SkyRFID Inc., a provider of RFID-enabled automated data collection systems, has announced the release of an Automated Self Serve Library Management system. Patrons of a library deploying the system can access a full range of library services with a swipe of their RFID-enabled library cards.
The system offers the standard functions of the increasingly common RFID-enabled library management solution; patrons can access their records and check out library items at self-serve stations. The SkyRFID system also simplifies the catalog search process, enabling patrons to reserve and request books from multiple branches of a library system with a minimum of effort.
With the addition of optional PC/SC CCID NFC Smart Card readers to the system, SkyRFID gives customers the option of accepting payment for overdue fines via smart cards or NFC cell phones. A range of administrative functions, including the transfer of catalog items from a barcode system to RFID, are also supported by the system.
SkyRFID also offers libraries an additional security function through the new system. The RFID-enabled patron IDs can be used as key cards to gain access to locked library facilities for special events, scheduled for hours when the building is closed to the general public.