A comprehensive line of smart shelve products
- Self Check In stand alone Smart Shelve, works perfectly with your Anytime Library Concept or add on Check in process automation
- LibCabinet works independently from self check in and out unit. Designed to be used indoors as an small, remote library for a discrete collection.
- Intelligent hold pick up shelves: Automate your hold pick up by using RFID technology; no more holds slip processing
- Build your own Smart Shelves utilizing P.V.Supa software and RFID reader and antenna modules.
- The most versatile, self-service library locker system on the market today, Optima™
Faster than barcode processes
Reduction in staff time spent on circ procedures
Detection accuracy at security gates
Enjoy the full benefit for your RFID systems by using intelligent Smart Shelves.
Top Left: Smart Shelves
Top Right: RFID Intelligent Shelf
Bottom Left: Smart bin
Bottom Right: LibCabinet
RFID Intelligent Shelf for check in
Shelves that include RFID antennas are specially designed for checking in materials and are intended to be placed near to the library’s entrance. Every time a patron returns an item to the shelf, it sends the information directly to the library’s ILS and registers the material as returned.
Returning materials is as simple as just placing the item on the shelf. Anywhere. That’s it. No more queues, no more waiting in line.
For all materials that are returned in the Intelligent shelf, security is automatically switched on. Patrons can browse the shelves and remove items for check out. If a patron attempts to remove returned materials from the library without first checking them out, the alarm at the security gates will be activated.
Movable Intelligent Trolleys with wheels are connected to an info terminal. A simple click mechanism enables you to detach full trolleys and attach an empty one in a split second.
Libraries that move their full trolleys to a ‘just returned’ section, see that over 25 % of all books returned are checked-out on the same day. The materials are instantly available to customer and this dramatically increases circulation and decreases the workload for library personnel.
There are two different sizes of trolleys; the 3-shelve model holds about 120 items and then 4-shelve model about 160 items.
LibCabinet: Compact library for check out and check in
With the LibCabinet you now can have your own small library on location. Your customers can have access to materials 24/7. With a combined check in and checkout function, you can offer an independent library at an indoor location of your choice. The five shelf, 175 item capacity unit ensures the ability to provide a variety of materials for your library patrons. All you need is a network cable and power outlet. Communities are demanding more access and the LibCabinet offers a solution to maintain or even significantly extend the library’s reach.
Its transparent doors, which are equipped with an electronic lock, can easily be opened by presenting a library card to a card reader. The patron takes the books he or she wants and just closes the door again. After closing the door, the LibCabinet prints out a receipt which tells the customer exactly which books he or she has taken and when they need to be returned. Returning a book is equally simple: present the card – open the door – return the book.
The intuitive user interface provides library patrons with all the information they need. An integrated thermal printer provides the patron a receipt of all transactions that have taken place so they can always check what they have returned to or have checked out from the library.
The LibCabinet communicates utilizing the SIP protocol, an industry standard. This means that all lending traffic is fed back to your library management system.
The LibCabinet software has a maintenance mode with full of features. While in maintenance mode you can perform a full inventory, and print out inventory result with a printer. LibCabinet can be connected to P.V. Supa centralized management software which will give you all reporting and remote control functionalities that are familiar from other software made by P.V. Supa.
SmartBin for returns
The P.V. Supa SmartBin is designed to check in and store specifically identified library items, CDs, DVDs , or any other material type identified by the library. The SmartBin has an electronically controlled lock that only opens for the designated material types and locks again after the item has been inserted into the return slot.
The SmartBin is connected to a P.V. Supa RFID self-check unit running LibRid software. The Self-check unit guides the patron through the process and directs them to put the items they are returning into correct bin or into the SmartBin. There are use friendly guides on the SmartBin to assist patrons with returning items. An RFID reader inside the SmartBin checks the material again, and only opens the electronic lock if a correct item is detected. If a patron tries to insert an unidentified item type into the SmartBin, the lock stays closed. Because the lock also stays closed between check ins, the patrons can not remove items from the bin.
The SmartBin storage unit is lightweight and easily movable, making removal and replacing of storge bins simple and easy.
The Self-check unit also notes automatically when the bin is full and needs to be emptied.
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RFID labels for all the library items
P.V. Supa offers RFID labels for all different kinds of items that libraries have, such as books and CD/DVDs.
In addition to normal RFID-labels there are also so called Booster-tags availble for CDs and DVDs. These are bigger and have better performance. The materials used in these RFID- tags are very high quality and with rigorous quality assurance in manufacturing, a very long life and proper operation in library environment is assured.
An RFID label consists of an aluminium antenna and a very small microchip attached to the antenna. For protection of the antenna and microchip there is a paper or plastic (PP) face material. On the back side of the label there is an adhesive layer that holds the label on an item. This adhesive is stable and there is no risk of its leakage over the edges of the tag, even for a very long period of time. Naturally all materials used meet modern environmental requirements.
Labels meet the requirements of ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards and work in the 13.56 MHz frequency that is commonly used in library environment. RFID labels are also fully compliant with most common library data models. Labels are available with colour printing, and it is also possible to print barcodes on the surface, with running ID numbers.
Tags can be preprogrammed with correct type of item identifiers. There are lots of different sizes and forms of tags for different applications available. For example we can offer printed library cards that also contains an RFID tag.
LibAssist Hand Held RFID Scanner
Wireless inventory and item search.
The P.V. Supa LibAssist is one of the most powerful RFID handheld readers available for libraries. It combines excellent reading performance with a compact, convenient size while still managing to be one of the lightest devices of its kind. The device is extremely ergonomic, allowing extensive periods of comfortable use with one hand. The adjustable and flexible antenna further increases ergonomic use by allowing items at different height to be scanned with ease.
The device has a bright touch-screen and an intuitive user interface. This guarantees effortless use in a library. Excellent battery capacity allows the device to be easily used through an entire work day without charging. The software is easily updated, ensuring a long-life cycle for the device.
LibAssist system includes software for staff computers. It allows wireless transfer of item lists between the computer and handheld units. If a WLAN connection is not available, item lists can also be transferred via USB.
The LibAssist handheld software has three main functions. In inventory mode for example, it is possible to scan books on one shelf and create a transfer list of those items. Then there is a search mode where a list of items can be exported from the library system to the handheld unit, or manually input from the handheld keyboard. When you are scanning the shelves with the device it notifies you when it finds an item from that list. The last function is weeding mode, it works in reverse to search mode. An item list is uploaded to the handheld that, for example, should be on one shelf. When you are scanning the shelf, it notifies you if it finds an item which is not on the list. In this way, it is possible to remove the items which are in the wrong places.
PG45 and PG50 RFID security gates
Efficient solution for theft prevention.
The PG45 RFID security gates offered by P.V. Supa are especially designed to blend into different library environments, while maintaining the open character of the space. Their sleek and transparent design are on many architect’s wish list.
An alarm will sound when someone tries to carry an item that contains anti-theft activated RFID-label through the gates. Items that have already been checked out, and where the alarm has been deactivated, won’t cause an alarm on the gates. Because of the RFID-technology, other types of materials won’t cause false alarms.
The alarm notifies by sound and by red light, which is built into each antenna. Alarm sound type and loudness are adjustable. For example, the alarm sound is on for only a moment but the light will remain on for a longer time.
The security gate system consists of at least one entrance (two RFID- antennas, one RFID-reader). By using a multiplexer it is possible to reach even 1.30 m (PG45) or 1,60 m (PG50) wide entrance. RFID- security gate systems can have 1, 2, 3 or 4 entrances; making it easy for libraries to protect wide entrances as well.
It is possible to have an integrated patron counter with wireless patron statistics program in RFID gate systems. P.V. Supa GateController software can be connected to RFID-gate systems. The software allows displaying information about the cause of the alarm on staff computers, such as item names. RFID gates can also be connected to video surveillance and other external systems.
GoodStuff Staff Station
Replacing barcode scanners.
The P.V. Supa GoodStuff staff station consists of an RFID-reader and related control and conversion software. With GoodStuff the handling of RFID-tagged material and transmitting item identification information to and from a library management system is easy and straight forward. With the included conversion software, it is easy to write item identification information to RFID tag memory.
There are two different RFID reader models to choose from, based on the preferences of the library. Both models are easy to connect to existing staff computers. The table top model has stylish design and enables reading multiple items at the same time (stack reading). The other reader model is placed under a staff station table, out of sight, and doesn’t take up any space on the table surface. The antenna of the reader is shielded and only reads items from directly on top of the reader area effectively preventing false readings from other items placed on the desk. The shielding also prevents interference by any metal structures nearby.
With the GoodStuff software the RFID readers communicate seamlessly with an existing library management system. There is no need to do any adjustments to the library system; GoodStuff can transmit the correct information from the RFID tags to the system. The alarm will be activated or deactivated when items are checked in or out.
LibConvert 2 software converts and writes item identification information to RFID tags. It allows fast mass converting of existing barcoded items as well as handling new single items.
In the P.V. Supa RFID suite of products is the most versatile, self-service library locker system on the market today, the OPTIMA™. The OPTIMA™ allows your patrons to borrow laptop computers, iPads, eReaders, headphones, or anything else that can fit in the generously sized lockers.
OPTIMA™ is designed as a modular system to expand as your needs do. The basic system is comprised of one free-standing set of 12 lockers that are managed by a convenient standalone kiosk. The touch screen kiosk controls the locker access through a SIP2 connection to the libraries ILS. PV Supa’s powerful self-service interface does the rest. Additional locker modules can be added, each locker module has 12 lockers, with a maximum of 48 lockers for each kiosk.
- Can dispense a wide variety of items including laptops, iPads, headphones, eReaders.
- Intelligent locking system with lights and sounds for identifying locker dispensing.
- Easy to use, no high or low reaching for lockers.
- Cloud based management kiosk.
- Works with your ILS using SIP2.
- Electric: 110 volt outlet required, 15 amp circuit
- ILS with SIP2 interface
- Network connection
All the lockers are secured by electronic locks that are controlled by the kiosk. The operation is simple: the patron scans their library card at the kiosk, then selects the product they wish to borrow, the kiosk than pops open the door and the patron removes the item, closes the door and takes the receipt. When the patron is finished with the item they return to the kiosk, scan their library card, the locker door opens where the item was stored returns the item, shuts the door the item is removed from the patron account and the item is returned to circulate again.