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therefore currently not suitable for use on items of low value; and,
- immature standardisation: the physical data interchange is standardised, but this is not
yet the case for the data structures.
A number of organisations in the cultural heritage sector have already adopted smart
label technology. On one hand, the technology helps to cover traditional work processes
such as check-in, check-out, anti-theft control, inventory and asset management. Libraries,
archives and museums may benefit from the technology in managing their everyday work.
On the other hand, interesting new studies of visitors' behaviour or innovative guiding
services are being launched.This report aims to aid decision makers from the cultural her-
itage sector in the process of adopting this new technology, and presents the basics of the
underlying technologies, a comparison between RFID and barcoding, examples of appli-
cations of the technology, and detailed information on suppliers.
Smart Labels
and Smart Tags