Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging is used to identify items in order to monitor their progress through a daily cycle of issuing, returning and washing. A small RFID tag, or transponder, is embedded in or attached to each garment, piece of linen or other item. The item’s serial number and other data is loaded on the transponder’s internal chip, and this information is automatically scanned when the tag comes into the range of the RFID reader.
The most common radio frequencies used by this system are 13.56 MHz (high frequency) and 800-928MHz (UHF).
- RFID technology safeguards company property by preventing theft and loss
- It has been shown to reduce labour-intensive processes by up to 20%
- Unlike barcodes, which need to scanned manually and individually while coming into close contact with the reader, a large number of RFID tags can be read automatically at the same time while moving, facing any direction and through other structures and materials.