Jay writes: The Kansas City Star's "Local/Region"
section published a story about an innovative approach to monitor books within Kansas City libraries using wireless communication technologies.
The Kansas City and the Johnson County public libraries, like a lot of systems, are looking at putting Radio Frequency Identification tags -- a kind of computer chip with an antenna -- in books and other items that customers borrow. With RFID tags, checking out could be as simple as putting a stack of books on a special tray for a few seconds. Each book's tag would communicate wirelessly with an electronic reader, logging the book as "out" in the library's database.