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EOS International Adds FileTrail RFID Tracking

Library automation vendor EOS International (http://www.eosintl.com) announced the integration of FileTrail RFID Tracking from FileTrail, Inc. (http://www.filetrail.com) with its flagship library automation solutions. The new EOS.Web Enterprise RFID module will be available to all EOS.Web Enterprise clients in the next release of EOS.Web Enterprise. Clients will be able to automate check-in, checkout, and in-circulation tracking of library materials using the RFID technology. The EOS.Web RFID Module can be implemented at several levels, tracking within the library or throughout the entire facility. Automatic tracking means no action is required from the library staff, eliminating the staff compliance issue.

The FileTrail RFID technology integrated into EOS.Web Enterprise will provide the following functions:

  • Self-Serve Check-Out—at a self-serve checkout station, patrons present their security badges for identification, then walk past an RFID pad to complete the checkout.
  • Automated Check-In—materials are automatically checked in as they are carried back in the front door of the library.
  • Automated Inventory—physical inventories can be conducted in one-fifth of the time by using a portable hand-held RFID tracker.
  • Automated Audits—audits of staff offices can be conducted in one-fifth of the time by using a portable hand-held RFID tracker.
  • QuickFind—the portable hand-held RFID tracker can read tags from 2 to 4 feet away to help locate needed materials quickly.
  • Automatic Tracking—RFID tracking pads can be placed in the ceiling or on the wall in offices, hallways, conference rooms, and exits to record the movement of materials after checkout. A discrepancy report in EOS.Web alerts library staff to materials that have left the area associated with the check-out patron, helping prevent loss.

Organizations implementing the EOS.Web RFID module can leverage their investment to track additional types of items, including file folders, film and video, evidence, equipment, assets, and any other physical objects. The FileTrail solution integrates with existing systems, including third-party records management systems, as well as internally developed systems. FileTrail also provides complete solutions for item tracking, records management, and process automation.

Source: EOS International



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