I am sitting in the same area as you!
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 9:55 PM, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Marie
> I'm not sure how much research you have put into RFID yet but Wikipedia
> will at least give you some idea:
> For archival storage you would have to consider passive RFID because the
> active versions require a battery. To my knowledge, there is no evidence of
> RFID chips having any affect on nearby magnetic media. The chips are being
> implanted in credit cards and passports for example which have adjacent
> magnetic stripes. The RF power generated by even the high output active RFID
> chips is so low that it's hard to imagine how they would affect the
> coercivity of pre recorded audio tape. Video tape (I would think) with it's
> very high coercivity would be out of the question.
> You would be using passive RFID that would only be read (energized or
> resonated if you will) once or twice a year for inventory purposes. I can't
> imagine their being a problem for long term storage.
> I suspect that your biggest consideration at this point would be cost. The
> technology may not be cost effective unless you have tens of thousands of
> units to inventory.
> My greatest concern would be backwards compatibility. If you implement RFID
> 4.0 today will it be readable in 25 years by RFID 10.2.1? For the present, I
> wouldn't abandon your barcode system and look into the possible addition of
> I'm still a fan of the old fashioned printed label on the binder or
> somewhere else in addition to whatever computerized system that's in place.
> It only takes one data entry error and then........
> Keep us posted!
> Corey Bailey
> At 07:37 PM 12/13/2009, you wrote:
>> Hi all
>> We need to renumber some of our older accessions and have been considering
>> barcodes with the accession number included. It was suggested to me today
>> that we could be using RFID (radio frequency ID). As I know virtually
>> nothing about them I have an uneasy feeling about applying this technology
>> to magnetic tape boxes and reels.
>> Does any audio visual archive use this technology on its tape boxes and/or
>> Is there any danger to the magnetic tape itself, considering both the box
>> and reel would need the same identifier?
>> Can the actual accession number be put on these so as to be seen visibly?
>> Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.