Thanks for your valuable comments. I fully agree with your statement,
that HF is currently the frequency of choice for libraries; this is a
main reason for this announcement.
With regards to your question on encryption I have no idea where this
rumour is coming from, but Bibliotheca currently supplies to
specification required by customer and market and our standard supply is
the Danish data model with no encryption. Our BiblioChip technology
enables us to support multiple data models in the same deployment and to
rewrite chips on new models including the upcoming ISO standard on the
One more word to you blog entry from yesterday, which I enjoyed reading
You say. "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
...which appears to imply that all Civica's existing HF based
installations are not standards based."
As you know UK market is relatively standardised and will be more so
when we can adopt the ISO standard and the UK profile. World-wide things
are broader and its important for Bibliotheca as a world-wide player to
meet these requirements whether for tags, interfacing standards or
Equally as a supplier it makes our life easier of standards are adopted
so please keep evangelising standard such as ISO 28560-2. Success in
broadening adoption is good for libraries and suppliers and will reduce
costs for all in the longer term.
Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems Ltd.
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Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:31 PM
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Subject: Re: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
Thanks very much for the clarification. From the phone calls and emails
I have received lately your announcement caused some concern and quite a
bit of confusion out there!
I'm not sure I'm entirely certain that your email answers all the
questions I'm being asked but it at least makes it clear that
Bibliotheca intend to be a dominant force in global library RFID.
I would like to make a few comments and maybe ask a couple of questions?
"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."
Yes, I was aware that Civica are strong in Asia-Pacific. I get emails
from some of their Australian clients and quite a few of them read my
blog. I have also had a few years working with the Spydus product in
some of its earlier incarnations in both the UK and South Africa as well
as having had some interesting discussions about UHF RFID with their
Australian-based development manager. I think I may even have helped to
persuade their UK team not to follow the Australian example.
Your assertion that Civica "lacked a standard driven HF RFID portfolio
until today" may be slightly alarming news to the many members of the
SELMS consortium who are probably labouring under the illusion that they
already have one.
As you know, standards for RFID data have yet to be published so by
claiming that you have a "fully standardized HF solution" I presume you
are referring to the same standards to which everyone else complies?
Perhaps this would be a good moment to ask if Bibliotheca's fully
standardised solution uses data encryption?
You also state that
"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."
Which sounds a bit contradictory. If Civica *are* both very strong in
Asia-Pacific - as we both know they are - *and* offer UHF based
solutions in those markets then HF cannot truly be said to be a global
standardised solution for RFID in libraries can it? Wouldn't it be more
accurate to say that majority opinion believes HF to be the frequency of
choice for libraries?
There are many other points I would like to make but I think that might
turn the list into a marketing battlefield and Nick would have to give
me another yellow card so I'll leave it at that here, more on my blog
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Johannes Rogg [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 10 February 2010 11:16 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: RE: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> Hello Mick,
> 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
> a standard driven HF RFID portfolio. To overcome this gap Civica is
> partnering with Bibliotheca to offer our fully standardized HF
> 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-
> based on HF and standardized technology. As for UHF, Bibliotheca
> 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
> meeting specialized needs of some institutions.
> The announced strong relationship of Civica and Bibliotheca gives
> customers in the UK the advantage that a Bibliotheca RFID HF solution
> based on the current standards will be tightly integrated into the
> Civica LMS.
> This press release also underlines that in the worldwide Library
> we see a supplier consolidation, similar to what has already happened
> other IT markets with only the strong players surviving. Bibliotheca
> 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
> 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
> Bibliotheca RFID products.
> Kind regards
> Johannes Rogg
> Managing Director
> Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems Ltd.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mick Fortune
> Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 3:57 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> Hi John
> No, I think it's a bit more than that. Civica Australia use both UHF
> 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
> 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
> have to buy Bibliotheca - because they are being tightly integrated in
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> standard protocol to hook up to self service. This is quite new I
> Been trying to find out more but no comments from UK folks yet.
> Mick Fortune
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries [mailto:LIB-RFID-
> > [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Usher, John
> > Sent: 08 February 2010 3:27 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> > Mick,
> > Surely just the inevitable merging of what were two separate
> > 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
> > not) did - no more processing of offline data on one Mainrame and
> > 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?
> > JU
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Discussion List for RFID in Libraries
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mick Fortune
> > Sent: 08 February 2010 14:28
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Interesting announcement from Civica and Bibliotheca
> > Marshall Breeding - author of the seminal Library Technology Guides
> > website <http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-
> > 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
> > claiming that they will be combining HF and UHF technologies in some
> > way
> > as well.
> > This sounds like a giant leap backwards into ever more proprietary
> > 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
> > interested.
> > Kind regards
> > Mick
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