Arcus Library

Arcus is the world’s first cloud based library RFID solution. Arcus does not require local servers which reduces cost and greatly simplifies installation, maintenance, and library infrastructure.

Adilam is committed to open standards and interoperability so Arcus has been designed to be technologically agnostic and to work with HF, UHF, and barcode identification technologies. In fact because of the unique Arcus infrastructure it is possible to change frequencies at any time in the future without necessarily having to re-tag existing stock.

The solution is designed for a rapid roll out to libraries making implementation quicker and more straight forward. Not having a local server in the library to maintain RFID readers enables maintenance and upgrades easier and dynamic as all stations can be upgraded simultaneously.

Advantages of Arcus Library

  • only RFID solution that works effectively in a RFID/barcode hybrid environment allowing a library service to do a progressive roll out of the technology
  • supports a range of Library Management Systems and multiple library branches and service points
  • security portals will work even if items are checked out using barcode
  • can be deployed in a variety of languages and with language switching
  • will operate with many different tag formats including ISO 28560 parts 1 and 2, the 3M tag format, and the Civica UHF tag format
  • all identification technologies (HF, UHF and Barcode)
  • all functions can operate on tablets and smart devices
  • comprehensive conversion/activity reporting

HF 13.56Mhz and UHF 860-960 Mhz can both be used in a library, each technology having its own advantages and disadvantages:

  • UHF has longer range and can read faster allowing for wider portal (gantry) separation and invisible portals
  • HF is better able to read through the human body, so it is more difficult for a patron to deliberately hide the book
  • UHF Hand held has longer read range (up to 4 meters) allowing for quick stocktake and effective searching for lost items
  • Although standards support both technologies, the HF technology is more widely used in some parts of the world

UHF Gen2 conforms to the standard ISO18000 Part C and all readers and tags from different manufacturers are able to interoperate. The technology conforms to EPC Global standards which assists in providing a consistent implementation. Over the last 5 years UHF Gen2 has advanced more than any other RFID technology with the most varied industry installations.

Adilam was one of the first companies worldwide to integrate UHF Gen2 RFID into a library. In 2005 the first library in Blacktown Sydney implemented UHF RFID with Adilam and Civica. Since then more than 30 libraries have implemented UHF RFID with Adilam and Civica using their integrated RFID solution across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.