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Electronic microchips added to hotel towels to ban snatching

By 황장진

Published : Aug. 1, 2011 - 10:46

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Electronic microchips added to hotel towels to ban snatching

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 percents 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 1.8-meter 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.

By Kang Yoon-seung
Intern reporter
Edited by Rob York

<한글 요약>

절도 방지 전자칩 부착 수건 등장

호텔 등에서 사용되는 공용 수건 및 목욕용 가운 등의 분실을 막기 위해 전자칩을 부착하는 방법이 고안 되었다.

미국 회사인 Linen Tracking Technology는 라디오주파수식별기술 (RFID)를 이용하여 도난 방지용 수건을 개발하였다. 이 회사의 관계자에 따르면 호텔 방에 비치되어있는 수건이 도난당할 확률은 20% 정도된다.

접을 수 있고 세탁도 가능한 칩이 부착된 이 수건은 보통 수건보다 개당 $1.00 (약 1100원) 비싼 것으로 알려졌다.