Malaysia’s first RFID library system implemented with tags from UPM Raflatac

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, August 27, 2009) – Penang Public Library is Malaysia’s first library to use an RFID system compliant to the EPC Global Gen2 standard. EPC (Electronic Product Code) is a set of identification coding or numbering standards. The system, implemented by Smartag Solutions Bhd., uses RFID tags supplied by UPM Raflatac.

There are roughly 500,00 copies of reading materials in six different libraries in Penang, and over 800,000 library users. A successful RFID project now provides Penang Public Library Corporation with optimal performance through a unique combination of technologies.

The Library Tagging system from Smartag Solutions uses UPM Raflatac’s DogBone tags, which ensure that accurate readings taken in a split second can be documented using RFID Inventory Management. The RFID technology provides Penang Public Library Corporation with a fast, accurate means of gathering inventory information on large quantities of library materials.

With the RFID system, the library has realized its vision of a fully automated library. The RFID self check-in/out station is an easy to use interface which enables library patrons to manage their own transactions, review their account status and renew materials in real time.

“The tagged library materials enable patrons to self-checkout and return materials quickly and efficiently. There’s no more barcode scanning or date stamping – items are placed on the RFID reader, and within seconds the material and user information are updated in the library system,” says Shukriah Yon, Director, Penang Public Library Corporation.

The UHF reader, which is an anti-theft component of the RFID Library System, has a range greater than an HF reader, providing functionality at up to seven metres. A computer instructs the reader to detect tagged books that don’t have a checkout code, and an alarm is triggered when items pass through that haven’t been coded as borrowed.

For further information, please contact:
Mr Edward Lu, Sales and Marketing Director, Asia, UPM Raflatac, RFID, tel. +65 9173 0884

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials and the world’s number one producer of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 14 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,600 people and made sales of approximately EUR 1 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in 2008. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.

About SMARTAG Solutions
Smartag Solutions Berhad (Smartag) is a Radio Frequency (RF) solutions system provider. The company is the developer of Smartware – software that turns basic RFID technology into intelligent technology that captures, stores and processes data. Designed to help customers achieve their goals through efficiency gains and reduced error rates, Smartware shapes RFID technology into solutions for almost every area of businesses: manufacturing, ports, logistics, freight forwarding, and library – any business that involves tracking people or goods and security. For more information, visit the Smartag website at www.smartag.my