|Checkpoint Systems Offers Self-Checkout Innovations; Enhancements Boost Patron Experience; Make Library Staff More Accessible|
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 staff members.
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 the transaction.
"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
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