RFID tags have been revolutionizing inventory control and now track expensive assets, but have yet to crack the inexpensive asset market, which is Fujitsu's aim with its new UHF tags. Look for RFID tags to begin tracking garments in hotels and rental agencies in 2010. R.C.J.
The millions of commercial textiles cleaned every day -- from linens to uniforms to cleaning rags -- can now be logged, tracked and reconciled using a smarter RFID technology that scans whole hampers simultaneously. When the new Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel opened this month in Vancouver, British Columbia—just in time for the Winter Olympics—it served as the showcase for a smarter radio frequency identification (RFID) system that is tracking its 10,000 employee uniforms and 25,000 bathrobes, towels, tablecloths, sheets and other linens. All 35,000 textiles in Fairmont's real-time inventory have now been made smarter by having Fujitsu WT-A511 RFID tags sewn into them.
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