[Videolib] DVD Security

Frank Haulgren (Frank.Haulgren@wwu.edu)
Wed, 3 Mar 2004 11:11:17 -0800

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Have any libraries been using the security overlays for DVDs made by a
company called ID System Compatible? These are very similar to the 3M
DCD-2 overlays but rather than having parallel security strips embedded
the ID brand have 2 strips which are crossed to one side of the hub. I
tried running a disk with this product on one of our players and it
seemed to run just fine. We have been using the 3M DCD donuts and are
unhappy with their performance both as a security device and because of
some complaints that they interfere with disk operation on some players.

The testimonials that ID supplied to us about their product indicates
that these libraries have had less trouble running disks with these
cheaper overlays than they did when using the 3M product. (About half
the cost of the 3M product.) My initial tests seem to indicate
otherwise. I was able to hold a disk with the ID security maker on it
in certain ways so that the 3M detection system would not read it. Not
so with the 3M product.

Any thoughts or comments about these products or how to secure an open
collection are appreciated. We are embarking on a minor remodel that
will make the AV room more like a self-serve reserve operation - that is
to say users will pass through a 3M security gate and have to checkout
materials before they can leave the area or set off the alarm. Part of
our concept is to encourage use of a self-check out machine so locked
cases for DVDs are really not a possibility.=20

Frank Haulgren, Supervisor=20
Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery / Media=20
Wilson Library, Western Washington University=20
Bellingham, WA 98225-9103=20
(360) 650-7641 FAX (360) 650-7397=20

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DVD Security

Have any libraries been using the security overlays for = DVDs made by a company = called = ID System = Compatible?  = These are very similar to the 3M DCD-2 overlays but rather than having = parallel security strips embedded the ID brand have 2 strips which are = crossed to one = side of the hub.  I = tried running a disk with this = product = on one of our players and it seemed to run just = fine.  We = have been using the 3M DCD donuts and are unhappy with their performance = both as a security device and because of some complaints that they = interfere with disk operation on some players.

The testimonials that ID = supplied to us about = their product = indicates that = these = libraries have had = less trouble running disks with these cheaper overlays than they did = when using the 3M product. (About = half the cost of the 3M product.) My initial tests seem to indicate = otherwise.  I was able to = hold a disk with the = ID security maker on it in = certain ways so that the 3M detection system would not read it.  Not so with the 3M = product.

Any thoughts or comments about these products or how to secure an open collection are = appreciated.  We = are embarking on a minor remodel that = will make the AV room more like a self-serve reserve = operation = that is = to say users will pass through a 3M security gate and have to checkout = materials before they can leave the area or set off the alarm.  Part of our concept is to encourage use = of a self-check out machine so locked cases for DVDs are really not a possibility.

Frank Haulgren, Supervisor
Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery / = Media
Wilson Library,  Western Washington = University
Bellingham, WA  98225-9103
(360) 650-7641    FAX  (360) = 650-7397


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