After the announcement of a cooperation between Civica and Bibliotheca
made at the VALA exhibition in Melbourne I would like to clarify some
aspects of it and the relevance for the UK market.
As you may know Civica is a strong LMS vendor in the Asian Pacific
market and also provides an UHF RFID solution. Until today, they lacked
a standard driven HF RFID portfolio. To overcome this gap Civica is
partnering with Bibliotheca to offer our fully standardized HF solution
based on the BiblioChip technology and our experience and proactive
standardization policy in this area.
HF is the standardized solution for RFID in Libraries, and Bibliotheca
is a leading company in this area with over 580 installations world-wide
based on HF and standardized technology. As for UHF, Bibliotheca remains
strongly focussed on research in all areas of RFID and we see the
relationship with Civica and access to and involvement with UHF
solutions and research as potentially interesting for the future and in
meeting specialized needs of some institutions.
The announced strong relationship of Civica and Bibliotheca gives Civica
customers in the UK the advantage that a Bibliotheca RFID HF solution
based on the current standards will be tightly integrated into the
This press release also underlines that in the worldwide Library market
we see a supplier consolidation, similar to what has already happened in
other IT markets with only the strong players surviving. Bibliotheca is
well positioned to help this consolidation.
Bibliotheca is working within the UK BIC standardisation working group
to extend the RFID/LMS interface specification (web services). With this
Civica/Bibliotheca partnership the market will see a set of additional
services desired by many Libraries.
To summarize, the announcement will affect the UK market, but in a
positive way with stronger value for UK Civica customers who have chosen
Bibliotheca RFID products.
Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems Ltd.
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Subject: Re: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
No, I think it's a bit more than that. Civica Australia use both UHF and
HF frequency systems from different suppliers to interface with their
LMS. If you go for UHF you get great range and easy stocktaking but
difficult self-service and no interoperability with other LMS. If you go
for HF you get slightly more labour intensive stocktaking, very
efficient self-service operations and (soon!) the chance to use your
stock with a range of different suppliers and greater interoperability
with other LMS.
What this announcement appears to say is that if you buy Civica you will
have to buy Bibliotheca - because they are being tightly integrated in a
way that will exclude the possibility of uncoupling them at a later
date. So you're locked in even tighter than you are now.
It also suggests that UHF and HF can work together - they can't, yet. If
they ever do every library that already has RFID will have to re-tag,
not just re-program.
"No more unwieldy interfaces" suggests dropping SIP - which is probably
overdue but at the moment is the only way you know you can get
self-service (and other operations) to work with different LMS. That's
why we're about to discuss how to replace it at the next BIC/CILIP
meeting on March 1st.
But more puzzling is where this leaves the Axiell/Bibliotheca and
Civica/Intellident partnerships I think?
The turnkey systems I was involved with in the 80s and 90s still used a
standard protocol to hook up to self service. This is quite new I think.
Been trying to find out more but no comments from UK folks yet.
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> Sent: 08 February 2010 3:27 PM
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> Subject: Re: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> Surely just the inevitable merging of what were two separate products
> into one? One system encompassing the customers needs, as the
> LMS's of the 80's (I think you had something to do with those, did you
> not) did - no more processing of offline data on one Mainrame and the
> Catalogue on another, never to match up?
> So no more interfacing of one supplier's Self Service into an LMS
> software? like PC's vs Mac's?
> Has it's dangers, has it's benefits. Yin and Yan?
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mick Fortune
> Sent: 08 February 2010 14:28
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> Subject: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> Marshall Breeding - author of the seminal Library Technology Guides
> website <http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displaytext.pl?RC=14511>
> has just posted an intriguing message about a new "memorandum of
> understanding" between Civica and Bibliotheca. Marshall is in
> for VALA at the moment so I am assuming that the press release was
> at the event.
> Apparently the two companies have decided to join development forces
> do away with "unwieldy interface protocols" in LMS/RFID integration.
> It's rather vague and extremely worrying since they also appear to be
> claiming that they will be combining HF and UHF technologies in some
> as well.
> This sounds like a giant leap backwards into ever more proprietary and
> closed systems design but no doubt all will become much clearer when
> hear from the UK representatives of these companies. In the meantime
> I've posted a rather longer reaction on my blog
> <http://www.mickfortune.com/Wordpress/?p=189> for anyone who might be
> Kind regards
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