Bridgeall announces improved RFID links to smartsm

A press release received this evening announces that “smartsm now enables users to run all of its stock Action Plans and save them straight onto their handheld stock management devices from 4 of the UK’s leading suppliers – 2CQR,
3M, D-Tech and Intellident”.

Good to see another step toward tighter integration at the LMS/RFID interface! Up to now libraries that were not lucky enough to have software supplied by their RFID supplier to do the work, had to create and run their own scripts to convert file formats from LMS to RFID format and vice versa.

This is clearly a much needed and overdue step in the right direction but still raises many unanswered questions. It’s not clear from the press release exactly what data is being transferred from the LMS for example. Will invite Ian to comment further on the blog I think.

4 Comments

  • Mick,
    To clarify, smartsm takes data from ALL major LMS and now users can produce stock management task files straight onto the handheld RFID reader of their choice. The user then takes their handheld and it searched for the BARCODE which is present on all RFID tags. Once the book is located, the reader “beeps” and the user will also get a visual prompt on the device of author and title for confirmation.
    We extract all bibliographic and item/holding data from the LMS – although it is only the Barcode which we look for on the RFID tag.
    smartsm allows users to create Action Plans based on the targets they set for their collections – so anyone at branch level can now carry out stock management using RFID handheld readers – irrespective of their LMS, their RFID vendor or what data is stored on their tags.
    Ian Downie, Commercial Manager, Bridgeall Libraries – http://www.smartsm.com

  • Mick

    Thanks for the information Ian. Having just had a conversation with an RFID supplier who is considering STOPPING adding barcode information to tags and using the tag ID instead (as some US systems already do) I am reassured to see that you are sticking to the barcode data as the primary identifier.

    With at least one library requesting that “number of issues” and “last issue date” be stored on tags it’s good to know that smartsm at least will have no truck with such ideas!

  • What use would “number of issues” and “last issue date” be on RFID tags ?
    I understand that self-issue means that libarians potentially lose visibility of what’s issuing because Date Stamps are no longer used and they don’t get to handle as many books – but surely they are not going to scan every book to find this out?
    This is just one of the things smartsm does for them automatically (and much more besides)

  • Mick

    No they’re not. It’s not for me to comment on why libraries ask for these things, they’re just trying to make the technology work for them.

    I think the logic behind storing this data on tags is that you can program a device to look for any items that have not been circulated for a set period of time – or have have not been circulated a given number of times and then walk around the shelves and remove anything that “beeps”.

    It’s actually an extension into RFID world of functionality that LMS providers once saw as a service they should provide but because they failed to do so – Bridgeall exists!

    Anyway that’s enough promotion of smartsm for now :-)!

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