3M Library Systems Introduces the 3M Tag Data Manager For Reading Library RFID ISO Tag Data Formats; 3M Also to Make Its Own Format Available to Users.'Open Access' Policy Looks Ahead to ISO (1) See ISO speed.
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Enables Users to Share Tags and Use Other Vendors' Hardware
PHILADELPHIA -- 3M Library Systems today will introduce the 3M Tag Data Manager, which allows users to read existing and future Library ISO-Compliant RFID tag An electronic identification device that is made up of a chip and antenna. For reusable applications, it is typically embedded in a plastic housing, and for tracking shipments, it is usually part of a "smart" packaging label. data formats, including the four country-specific formats in Europe (Danish, Dutch, Finnish and French). 3M also became the first vendor to make its own tag format available to its customers upon request.
Both developments will be announced at the American Library Association's mid-winter conference, which will begin here this evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a multi-use public facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is designed to accommodate conventions, exhibitions, conferences and other events. . (The 3M booth number is 1104.)
"We believe in open access and want to encourage uniform standards," says Jacob Haas, marketing manager for 3M Library Systems. "Our objective in taking these steps is to provide inter-operability among RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. suppliers, thereby providing peace of mind for library RFID users until a true global ISO standard is developed by the International Standards Organization See ISO. ."
By making its tag format available, 3M "is offering a migration path toward whatever ISO tag data format standard is eventually adopted," says Haas. "It gives libraries the freedom to choose an RFID System from many RFID vendors within a library system or consortium if they use the 3M, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French or future ISO formats.
Open access also gives libraries a way to migrate to a future ISO format when it is announced, says Haas, who adds: "It can help with a migration to another format since the RFID vendor would be able to read the existing 3M format while supporting the customer's new chosen format. No one is locked into our products simply as a result of using our tag data format."
3M intends to implement an ISO tag data format standard when one is approved, and currently has a representative serving on a committee of the National Information Standards Organization The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is a United States non-profit standards organization that develops, maintains and publishes technical standards related to bibliographic and library applications. (NISO (National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, MD, www.niso.org) A non-profit organization founded in 1939 that deals with bibliographic and related information standards. ), the U.S. member organization of ISO, which is helping to develop uniform standards. The company already supports ISO Standards This is a list of ISO standards that are discussed in Wikipedia articles. For a list of all the more than 16,000 ISO standards (as of 2007), see the ISO Catalogue.
About 300 of the standards produced by ISO and IEC's Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) have been made freely/publicly 18000-3, Mode 1, and 15693-3, which provide inter-operability between RFID tags and readers.
Although no cross-border standard tag format exists yet, four nations -- France, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands -- have instituted their own country-specific standards.
The document containing 3M's tag format mapping can be requested online at www.3m.com/us/library. On the same site, to learn more about ISO and tag data formats, please download a copy of "RFID 301," the latest in 3M Library Systems' series of informational white papers on RFID library applications.
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