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Washable RFID Tags Save Hotels Money

In an effort to reduce theft and track inventory, three hotels in Honolulu, Miami and Manhattan have recently employed these special tags in their...

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on April 18, 2011.

Linen Technology Tracking has recently announced a patent that allows for washable RFID tags. In an effort to reduce theft and track inventory, three hotels in Honolulu, Miami and Manhattan have recently employed these special tags in their towels and linens. From an economic perspective, the, the RFID tags have proven their worth with a savings on average $16,000 per month from reduced linen theft.

However, the RFIDs are easily trackable, so it could be used to track the locations of its guests. Whether this infringes on its guests right to privacy seems be of little concern, as there is no indication that the guests are notified of their existence. While it is totally valid for the hotels to look for ways to reduce theft, it does indicate that data disclosure and data tracking policies will have to be implemented throughout the next decade.

Popular Science: “New Washable RFID Chips Track Hotel Towels and Bathrobes”

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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