06 October 2009
By integrating with Smarttrack RFID technology, Vernon system users will be able to fast-track collection audits and stock-takes, improve collection preservation through reduced handling, quickly and easily find misplaced items, and automatically track their movement, and have this information automatically updated in the Vernon system.
Vernon Systems is the developer of the Vernon Collection Management System (CMS), a world leading system for museums and art galleries. Vernon is used by more than 150 clients worldwide, with thousands of individual users.
Smarttrack RFID has developed UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions specifically to cater for Art Gallery and Museum collections, using fixed and handheld RFID readers from Convergence Systems Limited, RFID Tags from UPM Raflatac and RFID Printers from Toshiba Tec.
The integration of Smarttrack RFID and Vernon will enable Museums and Art Galleries to achieve fully automated collection tracking whilst retaining all of the location information within their core collection management system, Vernon. A fully integrated system will enable collections to be tracked using either a handheld reader or fixed readers, with all location changes being automatically updated in the Vernon location file for each object. The integration has been designed to cater for working both on-line or off-line, as many organisations have off-site stores or multiple sites that are not connected to the main network.
For most Museums and Galleries managing the movement of collections can be a time-consuming and laborious process, with manual documentation of collection movements often updated in the CMS days or even weeks later. The integration of Vernon and Smarttrack RFID ensures that location information is constantly up to date, and removes the unnecessary burden of manual data entry for location changes. This enables Museums and Galleries to truly achieve full visibility of their collections, thereby considerably reducing their exposure to risk, whilst also vastly improving efficiencies around collection management tasks, and streamlining audits, stock-takes and other tasks.
"We believe that the use of RFID technology through integration with Smarttrack RFID provides significant benefits to our Museum and Gallery clients, whilst providing us with a competitive advantage over other Collection Management System providers" said Paul Rowe, CEO of Vernon Systems.
"The use of RFID technology in Museums and Galleries has the potential to revolutionize the way many of these collections are managed. Many organisations can see the obvious benefits that RFID can provide, but do not want to have to manage an RFID system as well as their CMS. We see the integration with Vernon as a key factor in making the adoption of RFID in Museums and Galleries as straightforward as possible." Doug Rogan, Business Development Manager, Smarttrack RFID
About Smarttrack RFID: Smarttrack RFID develop RFID collection tracking systems specifically for Art Galleries and Museums. For more information see www.smarttrackrfid.com
About Vernon Systems Limited: Vernon Systems Limited is the developer of Vernon CMS, a world leading collections management system for museums and art galleries. For more information see www.vernonsystems.com