[Koha] RFID and Koha 2.2.2
gsl at rollinghills.lib.mo.us
Tue Jun 10 04:54:11 NZST 2008
Sorry, I don't have much other firm info to offer. I do know that 3M has
an RFID system, but it may be Windows based too, and while I would
expect it to be very good it's probably a bit pricey. Checkpoint has an
RFID system, but as I recall it's also Windows based.
Treat these comments with a little caution, I haven't looked an them too
closely recently; most of what I know except for Envisionware is just
from me visiting booths at shows and being given informational
literature. Also, I don't want to minimize Envisionware incorrectly;
they really do have a very slick, well coordinated system. Part of the
way they get it all to work together is that they specify a lot of the
components of the system, which they have integrated to work right, but
that does mean buying "stuff" from them and MS. Except for the MS
lock-in I certainly have nothing bad to say about Envisionware, even
their sales/support people seem pretty good.
Here are a few links:
As Koha is just now getting off the ground it seems like a really
opportune time for vendors of RFID and public access time/management
systems to start working with it and establish good working
relationships with the Koha support companies like LibLime and others.
Joann Ransom wrote:
> Hi Greg,
> Thanks for that. We too run all Linux servers and Envisionware would
> have to be splendidly better than its competitors before I took it to
> our sys admin to seriously consider using it. Are thereother options
> that you know of?
> cheers Joann Ransom.
> /Horowhenua Library Trust./
> /New Zealand/
> On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 3:02 AM, gsl <gsl at rollinghills.lib.mo.us
> <mailto:gsl at rollinghills.lib.mo.us>> wrote:
> Sorry I don't have any specific information I can offer, but as a
> general comment I've liked what I've seen of demos of the Bibliotheca
> RFID system. I've also looked at, and played with, Envisionware
> quite a
> bit. Envisionware certainly has the appearance of having put all their
> components together nicely, but they are completely Microsoft
> (for the systems I've looked at). We are very much Linux here, so
> never purchased any of their products. With Envisionware it was
> always a
> matter of buying Yet Another Server, and I don't want to add any more
> servers, especially MS ones, even VM, to our network room.
> Rolling Hills Consolidated Library
> Joann Ransom wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > We are running Koha 2.2.2. <http://2.2.2./> <http://2.2.2
> <http://18.104.22.168/>.> We wish to move to a RFID
> > ystem for self issuing, auto-returning and minor sorting, and stock
> > counting reasons.
> > I have read through literature from EnvisionWare, TechLogicand
> > Bibliotheca.
> > I am very impressed with the solutions offered by Envisionware,
> > including the smart cardtype issues around topping up a card via
> > crecit card or cash and using ir for internet access, photocopying,
> > prinitng, issue charges etc. EnvisionWare apparently have clients
> > running Evergreen, but they weren't sure about Koha.
> > So my question is, do any libraries out there running 2.0.x have any
> > comments, observations or advice they would be willing to share
> > RFID vendors and systems in relation to Koha.
> > regards,
> > Joann Ransom.
> > Horowhenua Library Trust.
> > New Zealand.
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