01 Aug '11, 3am

US company introduces towels equipped with electronic chips for hotels to prevent guests from stealing them

AN AMERICAN linen company has introduced new towels and robes equipped with electronic chips for hotels in order to prevent guests from taking them home. Linen Tracking Technology, a firm based in Miami, launched the new products attached with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags under association with Fluensee, another technology firm. About 5 to 20 per cent of linens at hotel rooms are likely to be lost, according to William Serbin, the company's executive vice president To prevent such losses, RFID tags are sewn to towels, which can be detected by sensors within a 1.8m range. This way it is possible to know whether towels are removed from closets. Such linens are also bendable and washable like any other towel, and only cost about a dollar more each. -- THE KOREA HERALD/ANN

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