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service stations in the libraries, for example, makes the introduction of the new technol-
ogy very easy for visitors because they still have the traditional, personal support.
A p p e n d i c e s
Appendix I Comparison table
The following table contains a list of features which may be used to compare
different offers.
Appendix II Suppliers and developers
The following table gives a general idea about the most active technology providers
and compares key characteristics of their products.
Smart Labels
and Smart Tags
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FEATURE
POSSIBLE VALUES
Flexibility of data formats
y/n
Is there experience with application of the technology
in similar institutions?
y/n
What data formats are supported?
(fi xed, programmable)
Is security info included?
y/n
Is anti-collision supported?
y/n
Could the tags be used on metal surfaces?
y/n
Tag memory capacity
Number of bytes
Tag functionality
Read only or
Read and Write
With which standards is the solution compatible?
Vary according to the supplier
Costs
tags
hardware
software
Vary according to the supplier
What readers can be used for the tags?
only those of the same supplier,
or more
Interoperability between different types of tags
possible/impossible
Physical attributes
size
possibility of encapsulate the tag
usage on metal surface
Vary according to the supplier