Autonomous library inventory management with the Nex.Robot InvenTORY

Nexbib, provider of flexible RFID solutions for libraries, and MetraLabs GmbH, manufacturer of autonomous robots, are starting their worldwide cooperation with a new inventory robot especially developed for libraries. The autonomous assistant detects precise RFID transponders in the HF frequency range 13.56 MHz, which are also used in self-service, return and sorting systems for libraries.

Phillip Sykes, Managing Director at Nexbib, is convinced: “The need for intelligent, reliable solutions for inventory maintenance and control is high. Together with MetraLabs, a visionary professional partner in the robotics market, we have developed an advanced product that meets the individual and practical expectations of public and academic libraries.”

Dr. Andreas Bley, Managing Director at MetraLabs, shares his experience: “The use of the technology speaks for itself: with a rate of more than 99%, the robot captures tagged books on the shelf. The robot outperforms the speed of a conventional, manual inventory process by a factor of 10.”

Photo: Roxana Jung & Richard Uhr

The current TORY RFID inventory robot from MetraLabs, which is designed for UHF tags and already established in the retail sector since 2015, has now been developed further to also detect the HF tags typical for libraries’ environments.

The new Nex.Robot InvenTORY takes over the inventory management and localisation of all books completely autonomous. The robot moves independently through the aisles of the library and, thanks to its safe navigation, can be used without restrictions both at night and during the day. Antennas at different heights guarantee that all media and all shelf centimetres are precisely detected. Misplaced media are easily found by the robot. Media on certain topics or for which demand is particularly high can be quickly selected for a promotional display.

Mid October, the Nex.Robot InvenTORY had its world premiere at GITEX Global, internationally the most iconic tech event. While getting a live impression of the robot and its capabilities, visitors were enthusiastic.


Franzi Seggedi

Marketing Manager

About Nexbib

Nexbib is a provider of future-proof RFID solutions for libraries of all types and sizes. The company develops dynamic library concepts based on contemporary digital strategies and flexible, modularly expandable technology. Together with libraries, Nexbib puts the needs of the community first. Nexbib’s solutions not only respond to the habits of today’s smartphone society but are also focused on the needs of the next generation. Therefore, sustainability and the 2030 Agenda are high priorities.

Continuous exchange and a collaborative partnership with libraries shape innovations in a practical way. The extensive portfolio enables modern self-service for check-out, return, security and media management. Open Library concepts provide the time flexibility expected today and strengthen the standing of libraries as attractive Third Places.

More information about Nexbib on their website.