The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China has selected HP to enable the Hong Kong Public Libraries to provide public library services to the members.
The Hong Kong Public Libraries provides a network of 66 static libraries and 10 mobile libraries. They are evenly spread over the territory of Hong Kong and interconnected by an integrated automated library system to provide convenient access to a wide range of library services for people of all age groups and walks of life.
HP will implement and provide ongoing support for a new Integrated Library System for Hong Kong public libraries under the terms of the agreement, which was signed byHewlett-Packard ( News - Alert) HK SAR Limited. Virtua ILS, which HP is scheduled to implement at HKPL in 2011, is a Unicode-compliant offering from VTLS Inc. Offering a pilot implementation of Fastrac, a radio frequency identification technology, the system delivers a user-friendly, self-service experience to library visitors.
“Modern libraries, like Hong Kong Public Libraries, are looking to innovate with new services and new ways to engage their communities,” said David Fergusson, general manager, HP Enterprise Services – Hong Kong. “The partnership with VTLS leverages our expertise and unmatched breadth of products and services to deliver Hong Kong Public Library’s next-generation services today and into the future.”
To replace HKPL’s legacy Library Automation System, HP will integrate Virtua and Fastrac with a broad array of HP products and services. The new system will combine HP software, servers, storage, networking, desktop and printing equipment. Designed to future-proof HKPL’s service delivery to customers, HP services will include application development and management, workplace, help desk, and business continuity and recovery.
Recently, the company adopted the new Fibre Channel over Ethernet application-specific IC chip from Qlogic for its Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port module used in HP's BladeSystem server. This was unveiled at last week's HP Technology Forum in Las Vegas, NV. According to EETimes, in face of stiff competition from well established suppliers, this move by HP gives the new player the needed shot in the arm.