Photos: Newest tech in oldest bookstore

Photos: Newest tech in oldest bookstore

Summary: A Dutch bookstore is located inside a 12th century church. But don't let that fool you--it uses the latest RFID tracking system.

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  • A Dutch bookstore is located inside a 12th century church. But don't let that fool you--it uses the latest RFID tracking system.

    The historic town of Maastricht in the Netherlands is home to one branch of the country's second largest book chain, BGN, housed in a striking 12th century church. But its location isn't the most interesting thing about it--the Selexyz Maastricht store is home to one of the first and most extensive rollouts of RFID tracking technology in the world.



    Photo credit: Jo Best

  • Each tag costs around 19 cents, a sum BGN's CIO, Jan Vink, describes as "not prohibitive". Vink said a number of other booksellers--including Barnes & Noble and Blackwells--have visited the store already to see how the project is going. He is hoping that with more retailers using item-level RFID-tagging prices will come down.


    Photo credit: Jo Best

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