Adding to its growing list of global distributors, bibliotheca has today announced its partnership with Ecole Solutions, India’s leading supplier of teaching and learning technology solutions to higher education institutions, in an effort to provide RFID technology solutions to libraries across India.
Combining bibliotheca’s global expertise in RFID library solutions and Ecole’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Indian academic and public library market, the two companies will work together to meet the growing demand of RFID technology in the country. This strategic partnership will better service India’s 30,000 Higher Education institutions. Furthermore, the partnership aims to expand bibliotheca’s presence in the Indian market and to establish both bibliotheca and Ecole Solutions as leading RFID technology suppliers in the region over the coming years.
Having already been selected to fully implement RFID systems in several institutions in India – including the renowned College of Engineering Perumon in Kollam, Kerala (best known as CEP) and the Arunachal Pradesh State Central Library in Itanagar – a selection of bibliotheca’s flagship products, such as its smartgate™ 400 RFID security gates and smartstock™ 100 inventory devices, have been dispatched to India so that work can quickly commence on the projects.
Venkatesh L S, Ecole Solutions Co-Founder and Director, comments: “Libraries in India had unfortunately experienced several failed RFID implementations because of poor quality products and support. In order to restore confidence in the RFID technology amongst Libraries, it was important to provide solutions that were proven globally. bibliotheca, with its commitment to quality and innovation had several success stories in the developed as well as developing world and was a natural choice for Ecole to partner with, to bring world-class RFID and EM technologies to Indian Libraries.”
Sven Carlson, Director of Partner Business at bibliotheca, adds: “India represents a large potential market for bibliotheca where universities are having to work hard to attract global partners and overseas students. Academic and public libraries have great potential to improve services to students, yet equally must offer a first-class library service to support the education of youngsters. bibliotheca decided to work with Ecole Solutions as they are well positioned within the library market with their e-content and e-learning solutions. We share the vision of offering stable solutions and class-leading services to our customers, and we look forward to a long-term close partnership.”
bibliotheca was formed in the spring of 2011 when the three leading independent companies of bibliotheca (Switzerland), Intellident (UK) and Integrated Technology Group, ITG (North America) merged to create a single, global entity. In January of 2012, the Group was extended further with the acquisition of Trion AG, one of Europe’s leading AMH suppliers. bibliotheca is financially backed by One Equity Partners, a division of JP Morgan Chase & Co. The formation of this Group creates the world’s largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of RFID-based solutions, with particular focus on public, private and academic library markets.
Since merging to become one global entity in 2011, bibliotheca has significantly increased its partners and distributors across the globe to offer first-class industry knowledge and expertise to customers worldwide.
About Ecole Solutions
Ecole Solutions offers a complete range of technologies backed by quality services to help libraries cope with the immense challenge they are faced with today. With a thorough understanding of the needs of today’s libraries, Ecole Solutions’ offering include RFID-based library automation, digital library and library management solutions. The RFID solution provided by Ecole in partnership with bibliotheca supports all major international standards and can integrate with leading library management systems based on open standards. Besides, Ecole Solutions provides scalable, turn-key infrastructure solutions that include Learning Management, Content Authoring and Management, Virtual Classrooms and Online Assessments. Their library management solution based on the open source Koha has all the required modules like acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serials control, reports and administration. Their clients include noted universities, colleges and government departments including public libraries across the Indian subcontinent.
For more information about Ecole Solutions, see: www.ecoleglobal.com
bibliotheca and Ecole Solutions team up to provide RFID technology to Indian library market