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The 'AuRoSS' Library Cataloguing Robot Could Help Keep Libraries Organized

Library cataloguing can be a daunting task for librarians, especially if a book is returned to the wrong place on the shelf, so the 'AuRoSS' robot is designed to help keep shelves organized.

The 'AuRoSS' -- standing for Autonomous Robotic Shelf Scanning -- would work by having an RFID tag added onto the spine of the book. Robots would scan the shelves at night to ensure that all books are in their correct spot and even find books that have been misplaced by patrons.

The library cataloguing 'AuRoSS' robot platform could help to revolutionize the protocol for librarians at large libraries or ones that deal with the storage of books. The 'AuRoSS' system has been trialled in Singapore by the creators of the platform, the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research.