RFID in Libraries


TI multiprotocol readers

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:45 am

Yup. It’s a trend. Like Zebra, Texas Instruments has a multiprotocol reader. Yenra reports that the TI S4100 Multi-Function Reader (MFR) Module

accepts all ISO/IEC 14443 and ISO/IEC 15693 standards-compliant 13.56 MHz RFID transponders, while providing an easy migration path to support current tags not fully compliant to these standards.

Firmware can be adjusted down to the protocol level. In plain English, that means you can keep your hardware when the standards evolve. Cool.

So. We all know what’s possible. Librarians who want to protect their investment in RFID should be asking for scalability in their RFID architectures.

I recall some vendors on the CLA panel saying their companies were committed to upgradability.


ACLU on passports

Filed under: — Laura @ 9:21 am

I don’t often report on non-library related RFID happenings but this one struck a cord with me. The U.S. government is planning RFID & biometric passports and the ACLU is, naturally, protesting.

It makes me consider the oft cited example of people-tracking within Library RFID – that of the unsuspecting person carrying the Qur’an getting nabbed at the airport because the book’s RFID tag has been hotlisted. The notion of a library book as security risk pales in comparison with the RFID passport.

For the record, I am neither pro or con on RFID. I try to use this forum to look at the technology from all perspectives. My point with the ACLU link, is to provide a wider context. Those folks who protest RFID tags in libraries need to protest RFID tags everywhere (and I’m sure they do). Library tags are merely a drop in the privacy threat bucket.

Dilbert gets in on RFID

Filed under: — Laura @ 8:56 am

The 11/30 Dilbert strip mentions RFID. Can increasing consumer awareness be far behind??

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