THOROFARE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 20, 2005--Checkpoint
Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), the industry leader in library solutions,
unveiled a range of new, ground-breaking capabilities for its
RFID-driven Intelligent Library System (ILS) Patron Self-Checkout
Station. Previewed for the first time at the American Library
Association's 2005 Midwinter meeting at Boston's Hynes Convention
Center, the additional solutions complement current self-checkout
station features. They were engineered to improve efficiency for
library patrons and reduce time-consuming administrative duties for
Checkpoint's new DiscMate Solution enables secure self-checkout of
CDs and DVDs, which has not been possible until today. DiscMate
includes Intelligent Unlocking Units for ILS self-checkout stations, a
Standard Unlocking Unit for use at the circulation desk that is
compatible with all library systems (including non-RFID systems), and
the DiscMate case, a one-piece case for material security and display.
"Libraries with our Intelligent Library System and self-checkout
units installed will have the added bonus of allowing patrons to check
these popular materials out on their own, while at the same time
eliminating security concerns," said Doug Karp, General Manager,
Checkpoint Systems ID Products Group. "When used with the ILS, our
DiscMate System also validates the contents of CD/DVD cases right at
the self-checkout station, ensuring that the correct items are in the
cases and are properly checked out before removal from the library."
Another innovation from Checkpoint is the CheckVIEW Staff-Assist
Station. CheckVIEW was developed as an inexpensive, optional element
of the Patron Self-Checkout Station. CheckVIEW's Staff-Assist solution
allows one library staff member to simultaneously monitor up to four
self-checkout stations from a single point in the library. If a patron
has a problem during self-checkout, the library staff member can make
corrections by using the CheckVIEW monitor to help the patron finish
"We believe that this is the best solution available to assist
librarians as they help patrons using self-checkout stations,"
explained Karp. "It doesn't require extra monitors at every
self-checkout station, and it frees librarians from physically having
to run over to the particular patron who is having difficulty. The
librarian can simply monitor and assist patrons at any of the four
self-checkouts they are supervising remotely."
"The enhancements Checkpoint has developed further strengthen the
Patron Self-Checkout Station's standing as the premier way that
library patrons of all ages can process their own loan transactions
quickly, easily and privately," continued Karp. "For the past 36
years, Checkpoint has provided the industry's broadest range of
technology and product choices to help manage and secure library
collections. Our leadership is based on innovation and is driven by
our mission to truly partner with each customer," Karp concluded. "We
want to develop products that solve real problems for the library
staff, and that enhance the library experience for their patrons. We
believe our newest products do just that."
About the Intelligent Library System(R)
The Intelligent Library System (ILS) from Checkpoint Systems is a
revolutionary technology designed to enhance the library experience
for both patrons and staff. Driven by advanced RFID technology, the
ILS boasts individual self-checkout, allowing patrons to check out
materials on their own using self service kiosks located throughout
the library. The system dramatically speeds up the library checkout
and return process, protects items from unauthorized removal from the
library and reduces materials handling time by as much as 75%.
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a multinational company, is a pioneer in
the development of RFID technology for libraries and other industries.
Founded in 1969 as a library security company, Checkpoint is the top
provider of RFID technology to libraries and has a leading share of
the RFID library marketplace. Checkpoint is also the world's leading
provider of radio frequency (RF)-based shrink management solutions to
the global retail industry, including over half of the world's top 200
largest global retailers. The company, which has a presence in more
than 80 countries, also markets laser and thermal printers and CCTV
systems designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and provide
value-added solutions for customers across many markets and
industries. For more information, visit www.checkpointlibrary.com
CONTACT: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Glenda Laudisio, 800-257-5540 x 2411
Scott Sunshine or Andrew Healy, 212-354-5020
SOURCE: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.