2RFID OverviewRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) has existed for over 40 yearsRFID tags are similar to barcodes, except that books with RFID tags inside can be read without being visible to the scanner. RFID tags can be read one at a time or several at once. This makes checking books in or out faster (including self-checkout stations) and performing inventory much faster. RFID tags can also act as security tags. Lastly, for very large library collections, RFID tags make book return sorting automation possible.How it works: Each book or DVD is labeled with an RFID tag encoded with a unique ID number (just like a barcode tag). RFID readers send out a signal that energizes the tag which in turn bounces back the unique ID code. Once received by the library system, the code can be processed in the same manner as a barcode. One added benefit is that RFID tags are also used as security tags being turned on or off during the check-in or check-out process.
3What We SellENCODERREADER w/ ANTENNA PADGATESBLADE SCANNER
5Follett RFID User Conference Exhibit - “Self Checkout Station” SR10Follett RFID Reader 1000Follett RFID Reader 1000Follett RFID Encoder 1000Follett RFID Security GatesFollett RFID Blade Scanner
6RFID HighlightsThe Follett 2500 RFID system is the first standard RFID reader with keyboard output that makes the integration of RFID with your existing Destiny Library system as simple as barcode technology. The system provides for easier book circulation (including self-checkout), faster inventory, and simpler security. Book circulation is made easy as as anyone can 1) start the process and scan their ID 2) select Check-In/Out and pass their books over the RFID pad, and then 3) select Done. It’s that easy and makes Self-Check-Out a breeze. Inventory is multiple times faster as our new innovative Blade Scanner eliminates the need to remove books from their shelves or book carts and dramatically improves scanner read accuracy. Lastly, RFID tags have security built right in, eliminating the need to additional, and costly, EM (electromagnetic) strips.
7What We Sell (continued) RFID Security GatesBolt down to floor, Power up with standard 110v electrical power. An alarm will sound whenever an RFID tag with security set to “On” is passed through the RFID electromagnetic field around the gates.
8What We Sell (continued) Honeywell 5100/1300g Special Configuration Required for EncodingRS-232 Interface (Serial Cable NOT USB)9600 (baud rate barcode)8 Data, 1 Stop, Parity Odd (Data bit, stop bit, and parity bit)Clear All Suffixes(Clears the CR/LF)Honeywell was able to create us a special barcode that sets all of these values with one barcode.RS-232 SERIAL
12Blade Scanner-Flexible Antenna. -Long Battery Life. -Bluetooth Class 2. -Seemless integration with the Bluetooth Smart Reader
13Blade Scanner Specifics Follett 2500 Inventory RFID Scanner - CordlessInnovative “Blade Scanner” Design is specifically designed for performing library inventories.Unique Blade antenna is inserted between shelved books “On-The-Shelf” or “On-the-Cart” to maximize RFID tag detection and greater accuracy.All redundant duplicate RFID tags read are eliminatedCordless Bluetooth transmits data for up to 10 meters (33 feet) to the Follett 2500 RFID Reader (required).Lithium Ion Battery allows for full 6 to 8 hour operationData is them uploaded into Destiny Library Manager via the batch mode function.
14Blade Scanner Instructions 1) Blade antenna is inserted between shelved books2) Select…Button I - Performs a read of the RFID data from the books that are on the shelf and sends the information to the local computer through Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader. This mode requires that the Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader is connected to a local PC/Mac.Button II - Performs read of the RFID data from the books that are on the shelf BUT buffers the data inside the Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader for later transmission to the local computer. This mode does require a Follett 2500 RFID Reader but does not require that the Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader be connected to a local computer. In such case the Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader must be powered through a power supply.
15Blade Scanner Instructions Button III – Performs a “dump function” of the buffered RFID data held in the Follett 2500 RFID Reader connected to the local PC/Mac. When this button is pressed, the unit looks for saved data from prior buffered inventory scans. If any saved data is found, it is read and routed into the computer, the data is then removed from the saved buffer. This button should only be pressed when Follett 2500 RFID Tag Reader is powered through a local computer.Button IV – The Follett 2500 Blade Scanner loads in Automatic backlight mode. This means that the Blade Scanner display backlight turns itself off automatically if there are no new RFID scans. As soon as there is a new RFID tag scanned, the light comes on. Note: Pressing Button IV will toggle the back light status from Automatic to Always On to facilitate longer battery operation.
16CALL DRIVER – (BLADE SCANNER PAIRING) The blade scanner has its own Bluetooth MAC address that is NOT setup out of the box.Connect the reader (grey box) to the LAN port, open notepad, and press buttons 1 & 3 simultaneously. This will output the IP address.Using a browser, type in the IP. Username will always be (admin/admin)
17Getting Bluetooth MAC from Blade Press and hold Button 1 and Power, then let go of power and continue to hold button 1
19Self CheckoutThe reader unit is configured to be used for DLM circulation command codes.We would need to manipulate the command codes in the firmware to support DTM/DAM circulation command codes.Technical processes for making these adjustments will be available in Tungsten.
20RFID Overview Public libraries have changed. Many public libraries now ‘merchandise’ themselves much like retail bookstores with multiple copies of the latest best sellers, focusing on ”giving the patron what they want” with DVDs, eBooks, and community presentations, while still offering a host of research databases and reference support. It has become almost commonplace for public libraries to have self-checkouts, automated book returns, security gates, and more. Bottom-line, Libraries are providing more services with less resources and much of this improvement has been driven by RFID technology.
21RFID Tags Sold in rolls of 2000 27 cents per tag $540 for a roll We may offer a encoding service in the future, but currently we are selling blank tags only.Tags can be encoded an unlimited amount of times.
22Get Ready To EncodePlace RFID Tags on every book in your Collection by using the RFID Encoder with the Serial Barcode scanner device. Simply scan the book’s barcode, wait for the RFID tag to be encoded, then place the RFID tag randomly inside the back or front cover of the book. The EAS security will automatically be set to “ON”.
24RFID CirculationPlug in RFID Reader into circulation desk computer (no software needs to be installed).Check Out books by pressing “Start” then “Check-Out” Scan the Patron card barcode, pass books one at a time over the RFID antenna pad. Select “Done’ when the transaction is complete.Check In books at anytime simply by pressings “Start” and then “Check-In”. Books are then passed one at a time over the RFID antenna pad.Note: The EAS security setting will be turned Off or On as appropriate.