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University Library At Xiamen, China—Now Under RFID Surveillance

(I-Newswire) - In the coming years, the Radio Frequency Identification ( RFID ) system is all set to assume a role of extreme importance in the world economy. It is geared to usher in novel technology development slews in China’s Information Technology sector. 

With support from Shanghai RFID System Technology Co. Ltd. and UPM Raflatac, the Jimei University Library in Xiamen, China is proposing to set up radio frequency identification ( RFID ) in its main campus library. This joint statement was issued on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006, by the vendors ( Shanghai RFID System Technology and UPM Raflatac ) along with the University Officials.

To get the project rolling, the vendors are scheduled to deliver 300,000 RFID tags at the start. The library expects the RFID technology to prevent and contain theft without disturbing patrons who want to browse through books and other media.     

Jimei University Library officials also anticipate that the RFID technology would, manage inventory, improve the library workflow, staff productivity and customer service with these attributes. As per the vendors, the tags had been specially tailored for RFID library applications. Security gates can detect whether or not a book has been properly checked out of the library and the security bit is automatically updated when the user returns the item. The RFID technology alone has the ability to conduct inventory counts without removing a single book from the shelf. The University also plans to bring other libraries on campuses under the RFID project, shortly.

A recently conducted market research report by RNCOS –a leading market research report company, concludes, that China’s RFID market which had previously surpassed RMB 1.2 billion in 2004, is estimated to expand further and cross 5 billion RMB mark with a complex annual growth ( CAG ) rate of 33.2%.

Splitting the expenditures between three distinct heads, the report elucidates that out of the total RMB 1.2 billion, the tag market got 933 million, 185 million went to the reader market and the software and service market got 85 million.

Not only has the Chinese government declared its strong resolve in indigenously producing this technology but it also has ambitions of exporting it worldwide. They are eager to fulfill the international standards through the use of EPC and ISO global standards customized to meet special Chinese requirements. The Chinese government and the industries are working hand in hand to formulate RFID standards conforming to international stipulations.

The Chinese industry has shown its appreciation of the government’s move by setting aside funds for the research of new upcoming technologies including the use of RFID. This year Shanghai is ready to host RFID Connect China 2006, inviting financial and technological collaborations from foreign companies. 

The market research report published by RNCOS also provides a list of the main players in the RFID market in China. 

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