THOROFARE, N.J., Oct 23, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Checkpoint Systems, Inc.,
(NYSE: CKP), the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID)
technology to libraries, has recently been awarded contracts to install its
RFID-based Intelligent Library System(TM) (ILS) in five more libraries.
Checkpoint has 74 ILS installations in the U.S. and Canada to date.
Checkpoint's new library clients include the Salt Lake City Public Library;
MiraCosta College Library (MiraCosta, CA); West Bloomfield Township Public
Library (West Bloomfield, MI); Warner Baird District Library (Spring Lake, MI);
and Terrebonne Parish Library (Terrebonne Parish, LA).
These libraries join the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Library, the
Rockefeller University Library, the University of Connecticut's Homer Babbidge
Library and the Cerritos Millennium Library in Cerritos, California, as well as
many others that have installed Checkpoint's ILS System.
The Intelligent Library System(TM) speeds up the materials check-out process by
providing a swift, one-step motion for issuing materials, simultaneously
updating the information into the library's circulation system and
electronically activating security. After installing the ILS system, libraries
have realized significant operational improvements by reducing materials
handling time by as much as 75%. The ILS also allows for individual self
check-in and check-out, built-in security, circulation management, and efficient
inventory, all integrated into one system.
Further information on Checkpoint's new ILS clients follows.
Salt Lake City Public Library -- Nancy Tessman, Director of the 600,000-volume
public library, says, "the ILS offered us so many ways to improve client service
and increase operational efficiency, it will transform the way both our
employees and patrons use our library." Salt Lake City library personnel decided
to replace their existing system with the ILS and plan to expand the system to
the library's four other branches in the future.
MiraCosta College Library - Vicki Krivoski, Library Operations Supervisor of
this 550,000-volume academic library, is excited that the ILS will reduce the
time her staff must devote to inventory control and checking books in and out.
"The ILS will free librarians to devote more time to sharing their valuable
expertise with students," she said.
West Bloomfield Township Public Library - This suburban Detroit library is
replacing their current system with the ILS. Clara Bohrer, Director, said the
decision to do so was "an easy one as it became apparent how greatly the ILS
would improve inventory efficiency and speed the circulation process."
Warner Baird Township Public Library - Among the many features of the ILS that
led to its installation, Claire Sheridan, Director, cites "the ability to check
out more than one book at a time" as a stand-out feature. A new library facility
will be completed in the near future, and as Ms. Sheridan says, "we wanted only
the best technology for our new facility."
Terrebonne Parish Library - The staff of this small-town Louisiana library
wanted to be able to increase their efficiency and gain access to the best
library security technology available. After touring other libraries that had
already installed the ILS, library personnel decided the ILS would be a perfect
fit for their library, making them the second public library in Louisiana to
adopt the system. Said Mary Cosper-LeBoeuf, Director of the Terrebonne Parish
Library System, "Checkpoint's RFID technology offers us a much more efficient
method for collection management, not to mention how much easier it will be to
keep our collection up-to-date with the simple wave of a wand."
The ILS employs a single technology supporting both materials handling and
security applications, and is based on technology developed by Checkpoint
specifically for libraries. It functions via a unique RFID circulation
circuit(TM) embedded inside the collections. This circuit operates within its
own local network (LAN) of RFID readers placed at appropriate locations
throughout the library, including the library entry/exit where it functions as a
security alert, triggering an alarm when books are removed from the library
without permission. The ILS system processes up to 30 books a second and is the
fastest system available for libraries.
Checkpoint is the leading provider of RFID technology to libraries, and has
tagged more than three million books to date and has an 80% share of the RFID
"At three million RFID chips and counting, Checkpoint Systems is bringing the
technology of the future to libraries of the future from coast to coast," said
Dave Shoemaker, vice president of strategic marketing of Checkpoint Systems.
"When Checkpoint was first established, more than 30 years ago, libraries were
our first clients. We've worked with our library customers over the years to
provide products to meet their specific needs. The ILS system is a prime example
of Checkpoint's technological leadership in this field."
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., is a multinational company that manufactures and
markets labeling systems designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and
provide value-added supply chain solutions for customers across many markets and
industries. Checkpoint is a leading provider of digital RF-EAS and RFID systems,
RF source tagging, barcode labeling systems, EAS, handheld labeling systems, and
retail merchandising systems. Applications include automatic identification,
security, and pricing and promotional labels. Checkpoint has a global network of
30 subsidiaries and provides professional customer service and technical support
around the world. Checkpoint Systems, Inc.'s website is located at
CONTACT: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Glenda Laudisio, 800/257-5540, ext. 2411
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