Automated Self Loan KIOSKs Smarten up Libraries
No more rummaging through old book piles or shelves for particular items. No more hassles in the returns room sorting out a massive number of books one by one. No more being tied to the desk keeping librarians on hand to handle check-in/check-out items for borrowers. Today, many librarians have been freed up from time-consuming repetitive workloads because an increasing number of libraries that are leveraging cutting-edge technology to smarten up their loans/returns processes and collection management. Now, library staff will have more time and autonomy to devote themselves to higher value library services for their patrons.
kiosk is connected to the library management system via an IoT network, so that
local check-in/check-out records can keep synchronized with the centralized
database, and inter-library loans can be implemented and reservation services
be offered. With this payment system, the borrower submits a security
deposit to allow their personal ID card or any other chip-based identity
certificate to be used as a borrower card.
In addition to identity certificate/borrower card readers, payment system, slip printer and a touch screen monitor, the customer also wanted the self-service kiosk to be integrated with a digital camera to provide video surveillance. Furthermore, as the library might deploy other automation products in the future, the computer embedded in the kiosk should provide multiple I/O support to connect all interior components as well as exterior equipment in a highly integrated manner. Versatile I/O functionality requirements usually run contrary to the need for small sized embedded computers with aesthetic looks and appeal but Advantech solved all these seemingly contradictory requirements with their exclusive fanless computer offering.
Advantech’s ARK-1124U is a fanless palm-sized embedded computer providing multiple I/O support within a highly compact mechanical design and an optional dual layer ARK-Plus module and iDoor I/O expansion module.
In terms of software support, ARK-1124U is preinstalled with Advantech’s IoT device management platform WISE-PaaS/RMM, which provides support for most communication protocols so that the system can easily connect with the customer’s other library automation products or other 3rd party products in an integrated IoT network, providing remote monitoring functions such as remote system diagnosis and library management, as well as cloud applications such as inter-library data exchanges or reservation services.
．Library automation and intelligent functions to reduce manual workloads and provide convenience to patrons with a simplified and efficient loans/returns processes.
．Small footprint computer with flexible I/O and unique module expansion design
．IoT and cloud functions with platform-ready software support which effectively shortens development times for faster time to market