TAGSYS Implements Item-Level RFID Infrastructure at Hamburg Public Library and Sets New Performance and Capability Standard

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Partners with FKI LOGISTEX on implementation across 18 city libraries.

TAGSYS, the global leader in item-level RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) infrastructure, today announced that it has deployed an RFID infrastructure at the Hamburg Public Library (Bücherhallen Hamburg) in Germany. Additionally, the infrastructure deployment has significantly exceeded the technical requirements set by the library. Bücherhallen Hamburg is the third in a series of deployments by TAGSYS at major libraries around the world, with earlier projects at the Seattle Public Library and Shenzhen Public Library.

With 1.7 million items in its collection, Bücherhallen Hamburg invested in TAGSYS' item-level RFID solution based on its unique ability to design and manufacture end-to-end RFID infrastructure for libraries, competitive pricing and proven RFID expertise. With the new RFID-based system, Hamburg's central library and 17 city branches benefit from improved customer service as the staff are more available to help patrons.

A highlight of the deployment with Bücherhallen Hamburg is the performance standard set by TAGSYS' reading stations for CD tags. The company's innovative solution is the only on the market that is able to simultaneously read six CDs overlapping each other. The reading stations deliver dramatically improved read rates at unsurpassed levels.

Prior to the automated solution, libraries relied on employees manually scanning each item as it went through the handling process. As a result, valuable staff resources were directed to time-consuming checkout and inventory management procedures, while patrons faced long lines and moderate customer service due to the demands placed on library staff. RFID-based library material handling systems provide library staff with the ability to improve the entire material handling process. With the RFID system in place, staff are relieved of checkout duties, and can spend more time providing other services to library patrons.

"TAGSYS' solution has beat Bücherhallen Hamburg's expectations in their quest for improved customer service and overall efficiency," said Elie Simon, CEO of TAGSYS. "Working closely with the library on their technical specifications requirements, we have achieved outstanding performance that sets the standard for technological innovation. As global leaders in the library sector, TAGSYS' work with the largest libraries in the world, including the Seattle Public Library, China's Shenzen Library, and now, Bücherhallen Hamburg, points to our strength in the industry."

By January 2007, about 300,000 TAGSYS RFID Folio® tags will be converted on Bücherhallen Hamburg's books, CD/DVDs and other library materials. The TAGSYS system includes security gates as well as RFID readers and antennas that will be incorporated by FKI LOGISTEX, TAGSYS' integration partner, into automatic self check out, self return and conveyor sorting stations, as well as programming and circulation stations. FKI LOGISTEX also supplied the necessary software interface to enable the integration of RFID with the Library Information System (LIS).

"We are thrilled to be working with TAGSYS and FKI on the implementation of an RFID infrastructure for the European Quotation of Bücherhallen Hamburg" said Bernd Ingwersen, manager at Bücherhallen Hamburg. "The first steps in the installation process have shown TAGSYS' impressive flexibility to react to the needs of Bücherhallen Hamburg."


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 http://www.tagsysrfid.com.


FKI Logistex® (http://www.fkilogistex.com) is a leading global integrator of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with design, project management, and leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletising, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order processing software, warehouse control systems, and total materials handling automation.

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