What is the Application Purpose?
Tracks the movement of assets, developed for the legal profession. BLAST – Beacontree Library Automated SysTem is created specifically for busy Law firms that require borrowing books, CD’s, Folder – ‘Items’ – 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 law firms existing library software.
What industries it is built for?
- Law Offices
- Architecture firms
Who does it Benefit?
Organisations that have many assets to track such books, documents, blueprints, equipment, etc.
What are the Benefits?
SIMPLIFY CHECK OUT
RFID can identify all of the items in a stack at once – with no need to handle each file individually. “Self-Check” process allows staff to present their badges and then walk away – the RFID tags in the items they carry are read, and those items are automatically checked out to them.
AUTOMATIC CHECK IN
Items are automatically checked in as attorneys and staff drop items on a returns table. The RFID tags in the items are read to identify the items and log the dates that they were checked in.
LOCATING MISPLACED ITEMS QUICKLY
Finds items in a fraction of the time that manual searches require. With an 8-foot read range, BlastM lets you quickly scan offices and cubicles for missing files. Find misfiled items quickly by simply waving across the shelves. The locate feature uses audible sounds that get quicker the closer you get and allows staff to hunt for items, like using a metal detector.
Allows physical audits to be conducted in 70 percent less time than auditing using bar codes. Conducting an audit updates the locations of all items to reflect where the items were actually found.
Boxing files are faster and easier with RFID. Simply scan the box bar code, and then batch-read all of the files with RFID.
What are the existing problems?
- Takes a long time to find items, especially if misplaced
- Manual tracking takes a long time
What is the process?
RFID tag can be used uniquely to identify an item and can match up with existing barcodes which can be tracked and identify in a much easier manner.
Take a tour of a fully UHF RFID-enabled library.
If you are a library administrator considering upgrading your library’s tracking system, you should check out the equipment and furnishings shown here. 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. If you are not involved in the library business, this tour will give you an idea of how an RFID system looks and how it can maximize the efficiency of library’s operations. You can easily envision how such a system could fit into your organization and what it could do for you.
The fully UHF RFID-enabled library showcase
If you are a library administrator considering upgrading your library’s tracking system, you should check out the equipment and furnishings shown here. Most librarians and library visitors 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. If you are not involved in the library business, this tour will give you an idea of how an RFID system looks and how it can maximize the efficiency of library’s operations. You can easily envision how such a system could fit into your organization and what it could do for you.
PATRON SELF-CHECKOUT STATION
Shown here is an RFID system stand with a reader. The stand is high-pressure laminate and comes in a choice of three wood grain tones. It stands 29 ½ “ high, is 22” wide and glides smoothly. On the stand, you see a Symbol XR-400 reader with a Symbol MaxRad dual directional antennae. The NEC screen is touch operational with a high-resolution display.
EXTERNAL BOOK RETURN CHUTE
This is a library book return chute (for the exterior of the library). But it’s not just a return chute. It’s UHF RFID enabled, with a reader built into it, making it a highly efficient book return tracking control system component. It works around the clock, instantly accepting, recording and updating returned book information to the borrower’s account. It contains a Symbol MaxRad dual directional antennae. It’s fully RF shielded and has intuitive software for immediate check-in and even e-mail confirmation of returned books.
MOBILE RFID ENCODING STATION
Here we see a complete mobile RFID encoding station with RFID reader and necessary system equipment on the carts. This simplifies the conversion of barcodes and allows library personnel to easily encode RFID tags. The barcode reader downloads the item information from the library’s database then software supplied by Beacontree encodes the tag. The carts have pullout keyboard shelves and roll easily on casters. They’re equipped with a 3 outlet electrical connection with a 15-foot cord. Along with the RFID reader and other equipment, you can see a Symbol LS-1205 Omni-directional barcode reader.
The tags themselves are UHF RFID passive tags. GEN 2 type, using the 915MHz frequency. They can be successfully read from a distance of 20 feet. They can be easily attached to any library media.
HANDHELD WIRELESS READER
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.
RFID ENABLED INDOOR BOOK RETURN
This dignified library furnishing is an inside-the-library book return unit. Yet it is fully UF RFID enabled. Notice that there is no technology component on top to intimidate or confuse people returning books. The technology is inside. The stand itself has a 3” high x 12” wide book drop opening, a lockable front access door (2 keys included) and rolls easily on 5” casters. It’s available in solid hardwood with a choice of 3 wood styles. Or you can have a painted, textured base in any of 4 colors. It will hold as many as 175 average size books and has 3” thick foam padding to protect books as they drop. Inside is a Symbol Max Rad Dual Directional RFID reader that’s fully RF shielded and has intuitive software for immediate book check-in.