Beer, definitely one of the best things that RFID has touched, agree?
For the past three years, Well Innovative Tap Solutions, aka PourMyBeer, has been installing self-serve beer kegs at bars around America. Recently, the company hooked up with iPourit and started using RFID to track the beer. The iPourit system collaborated with PourMyBeer and used RFID wristbands, readers, antennas, and other necessary components to make the RFID system work correctly.
The iPourit system measures beer through a valve that calculates to the 1/100ths of an ounce. People can walk in the bar, pre-load money onto a wristband, and start their RFID beer experience. Bar employees associate a customer’s name and credit card with NFC RFID wristbands indicating the start of a tab. The customer is free to experiment with different beers without waiting in long lines at the bar for a drink. There is a limit though. Once customers reach their limit, they can talk to a staff member to try and get their limit increased, but I don’t know the protocol there.
One thing I question about this system is how you know what one customer’s limit is versus another’s. My colleague and I drink beer, but have very different tolerances, so our limit couldn’t be the same…could it? I guess in that case, either I would be very drunk, or he would be very sober. To settle the matter, I think this calls for a trip to the RFID Beer Tasting area…
Another uniform tracking story today for you guys, but I always think that these are super interesting! InvoTech, an RFID uniform tracking company, has just been hired to implement their inventory tracking systems in Gila River Casinos. Over 20,000 owned uniforms and 16,000 rentals will be managed throughout all Gila River Casinos. What is so interesting about this garment tracking company is that they are known to be the most reliable uniform tracking company in the business. Their system monitors inventory levels and lets the management team know when more uniforms are needed to replace others. The system also records employee signatures when the uniforms are worn so that they know who had it last and can hold the employees accountable.
A system like this could save a company thousands of dollars in lost, stolen, or ruined uniforms. Due to managing a large amount of employees and their uniforms, every casino should consider using RFID to save money on uniforms. One of the first well-known companies to do this was Disney, and it has ballooned ever since. But then, that makes sense because if Disney is doing it, it must be right…, right?
Radiology Vest Tracking
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been using RFID for quite a long time, but it is making headlines this week for implementing RFID technology in a new way at its well-known university medical center. The employees are tagging radiology vests around their hospital for inventory and inspection purposes. Each vest has to be inspected once a year to make sure it is in accordance with hospital protocol. With over 850 vests at the medical center, the equipment manager has to go through several storage areas before finding a specific vest. With RFID tracking and passive tags in each vest, the manager can walk through with his Motorola MC3190-Z handheld reader and find the vest at a moment’s notice.
RFID is perfectly suited for almost any inventory management system, but RFID is especially great for hospitals. Most companies’ inventory doesn’t go through the extreme inspection procedures that hospitals put some of their materials through on a yearly or sometimes monthly basis.
After all, time is money. I’m still looking into inventory tracking for my purses. My coworkers might not take me seriously, but when I take the first step and set up an RFID system in my closet, they will no longer be able to ignore me!