King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is adopting the latest technology to enhance its library services, including protecting library materials and facilities, and providing library users with safe, comfortable spaces. As part of this initiative, KFUPM Library is using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology-based self-service checkout and check-in machines to optimize the management of its collections.
The technology has been supplied and installed by Naseej, a leading provider of library integrated RFID solutions, in cooperation with smart services provider bibliotheca. The new security and self-service systems are top-of-the-line technologies developed for use in the smart service sector and comply with international standards for the provision of library services.
The new technologies include:
• Security Gate System based on RFID technology
• Staff workstations equipped to activate and deactivate book labels
• Self-service checkout and check-in systems
. • The latest models of electronic book scanning devices.
RFID technology enables the move from manpower to self-service circulation. With patrons able to check out items themselves, quickly and efficiently, RFID self-service checkout systems reduce clients' waiting time and libraries' staffing needs. By investing in RFID technology, KFUPM Library has been able to redirect its efforts to provide better customer service while eliminating a huge amount of manual work.
The project replaces the former system of using EM security strips.
In addition to supplying and installing the new technology, Naseej is providing technical support and consultation, in partnership and cooperation with the university, in order to serve its strategic and professional goals and its vision of higher education in the Kingdom.
. About Naseej
Naseej is the leading knowledge solutions provider in the Arab world, having served the region's top academic, research, cultural, and government organizations and corporations for the past three decades. Naseej's world-class solutions and services have enabled our partners to manage and share knowledge and information. Our vision has always focused on being a true partner to our customers and a major contributor to the advancement and spread of knowledge in the Arab world. Naseej today employs over 300 highly skilled professionals throughout the region in the fields of knowledge management, information technology and business development.
Bibliotheca is dedicated to developing solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences that allow them to continually evolve their services to meet the changing needs of their communities. With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 automated materials handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers e-book and e-audiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.