The Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a leading developer and provider of library automation technologies across North America, continued to grow significantly during the second quarter of 2010, with a record number of installations performed during this period. The company's revenue and profits for the first half of the year were the highest in the company's history as ITG sustains the strong double digit growth it has enjoyed every year since its founding. This consistent growth has been fueled by strong sales of existing products and the continued introduction of innovations to the marketplace. The past three months have included ITG's first installation of Dialoc ID DiaMond Hybrid EM/RFID security gates; the introduction of the plug and play SmartReader RFID staff circulation station; and demonstrations of the company's suite of ITGConnected cross-product communication, reporting and configuration tools.
The U.S.-based company has also expanded its reach in both northern and southern directions. ITG was awarded a contract for XpressCheck self-service systems at Vancouver Island Regional Library in Canada while establishing partnerships with Latin American companies in several countries. The first such relationship, with MultiSystems of Brazil, has resulted in the first RFID installation in South America's largest country, to be implemented during the third quarter of 2010.
ITG performed its first installations of Dialoc ID DiaMond hybrid EM/RFID security gates in District of Columbia Public Library branches during the quarter. Dialoc ID, based in the Netherlands, has been a world leader in the electronic article surveillance (EAS) field since 1977, and their hybrid gates offer many advantages to large libraries and consortia that share books or want to migrate to RFID over time.
Together with parent company Vernon Library Supplies, ITG has negotiated the exclusive U.S. rights to Intelletto Technology Inc.'s Plug-and-Play SmartReader SR10 RFID circulation station. The SR10, together with ITG's own patented DirectReader offers American libraries the only IP rights-protected RFID staff operated check-out and check in functionality that allows direct (no-SIP) interface with all ILS circulation modules. It works with all RFID tags and systems offered currently in North America.
During the quarter, ITG also introduced its group of reporting, configuration and communications systems as ITGConnected. Though the company's various products have always had robust tools included as standard features, their ability to communicate with each other across a network gives libraries real power to refine, configure, and to better serve patrons. ITGXpressCheck patron self-service units, DiscXpress II secure AV storage and dispensing systems, ITG FullSort and ShortSort AMH systems, security systems running ITGExitWatch software-all work together to keep library operations running smoothly.
About the Integrated Technology Group
The Integrated Technology Group (www.integratedtek.com) develops, markets, and supports library automation technologies that empower librarians to make operations more efficient and better serve their patrons. ITG's products include patron self-checkout, RFID, Automated Materials Handling (AMH) systems, library materials security, and public computer reservation and print management solutions. ITG, a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.