I have been analysing our brand new RFID self-check machine that we are planning to install at our latest library to be RFID’d. It is quite interesting how the different vendors program their RFID machines to work. I know that we have some say on what screens come up and in what order, but some of the vendors offer more options than that.
We have used 3 RFID companies in our libraries. Checkpoint were our original RFID vendor, we then moved to 3M and we now use both 3M and FE Technologies. It is funny, FE are a relative newcomer to the RFID world and, probably because of this, are more than happy to alter things for us. 3M, not so much. They have a huge market share so don’t really see any point in changing software that works for the masses, I understand their outlook actually, why change something that works?
Even so, there are some things with FE’s self-check that are irritating. What will be good though is their responsiveness. We’re only just starting our look into altering the interface though so I don’t know if they’ll be as quick to make changes as we’d like, but here’s hoping!