Hotel rooms across the nation to be bugged with microchips

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Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

The days of hotel guests helping themselves to towels and robes when they check out could be a thing of the past as high tech gets in to the linen.
One company has come up with a way of adding miniature tags in the expensive materials which were costing hotel managements a fortune to constantly replace.

It has long been assumed, wrongly in most cases, that the smart towelling robes and plush fluffy towels were fair game for guests looking to save some cash at home.


Tagged: Up to 20 per cent of hotels' stock typically go missing, estimates William Serbin of Linen Tracking Technology

But now beware - they may come with an electronic leash as more and more hotels are turning to new radio frequency chips to keep track of their inventory.
The RFID technology - which stands for radio frequency identification and requires an installed chip that can be read by an electronic reader - has been used by various industries for several years to organise product storage and tally shipments.

Taken: Hotels are using the tech to monitor the whereabouts of bathrobes, bed sheets, duvet covers, bathmats, pool towels and banquet linens

Now hotels are using the tech to monitor the whereabouts of bathrobes, bed sheets, duvet covers, bathmats, pool towels and banquet linens.

Up to 20 per cent of hotels' stock typically go missing, estimates William Serbin of Linen Tracking Technology.

The company, which sells trackable linens, has teamed with Fluensee, an inventory tracking technology firm, to market the RFID tags to hotels.
A towel with a chip is about a dollar more than other towels, he says. Bendable and washable, the tags can be read by sensors up to six feet away.
When towels are removed from a closet, for example, a reader station can register how many, so that the closet can be restocked.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-tags-traceable-microchips.html#ixzz1TVLTlX1M
 
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Are they going to be soaked in Aspertime/Fluoride/Thermite Paint first?
 

Don the Radio Guy

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They already do an inventory after you leave and charge your card if you take anything. Sounds like some privacy invasion company trying to sell a new product to a legit user.
 

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Maybe its just the type of motels & hotels I stay at, but I've never wanted to take anything aside from soap & shampoo from a room
 

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The company, which sells trackable linens, has teamed with Fluensee, an inventory tracking technology firm, to market the RFID tags to hotels.

A towel with a chip is about a dollar more than other towels, he says. Bendable and washable, the tags can be read by sensors up to six feet away.

When towels are removed from a closet, for example, a reader station can register how many, so that the closet can be restocked.
What a shitty article. Doesn't really sound like they're doing it for Big Brother reasons or to cut down on guests stealing linens, but more as an inventory control system used by the maids and other staff.

Having a range of just 6 feet would make it totally impractical to keep track of guests who use towels in a different part of their hotel room, not to mention installing thousands of individual tracking stations in every room in a large hotel.

And I'd venture to say a lot of the "loss" that comes from the whole operation is just lazy employees simply throwing used towels in the trash. Saw it first hand working for large hotel/casinos in Vegas.
 

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The RFID chip doesn't tell you where the linen IS located, it tells you where the linen IS NOT located.

Like it's a fucking little GPS unit that can lead the globalist towel police right to your door. :icon_roll

Fuck clueless, fearmongering reporters. Fuck them all.