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RFID Helps Make Marriage Special

A Taiwanese wedding services provider not only tracks the garments it rents out via EPC tags, but also offers RFID-enabled invitations that guests can use to find their seats and play games.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 17, 2013

Kiss99, a wedding services provider based in Taiwan, has been using EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID technology to track its thousands of wedding garments for several years. So when a young couple visited the company seeking new innovation that would bring excitement to their Apr. 9 wedding, Kiss99 already had the solution on hand. In response, the company provided applications that it developed using radio frequency identification technology supplied by EPC Solutions Taiwan. The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Sky Chang, utilized the solution to announce the names of guests as they entered the wedding reception hall. EPC Solutions provided the tags, readers and software that managed the RFID tag reads.

When the Changs rented their wedding outfits from Kiss99, the process was tracked via an EPC RFID tag sewn into each item.

The solution consisted of a UHF tag embedded in each of 700 wedding invitations. Guests utilized those RFID-enabled invitations to not only be greeted upon arrival, but also find their seats and participate in a contest at the reception.

Earlier this year, Chang and his bride-to-be met with Sky99 to rent garments for their wedding, and were looking for new ideas for their reception. They had a relatively large wedding planned, the company reports, and wanted it to be memorable. Kiss99 rents thousands of wedding garments and accessories, ranging from bridal gowns to veils, jewelry, men's suits and bridesmaid dresses (Taiwanese bridal parties typically rent their garments rather than buying them outright), explains Sophia Sun, Kiss99's director. To track which items have been rented, returned, laundered or reserved, the company has been employing an RFID-based system, provided by EPC Solutions Taiwan, for the past three years.

Sewn into each item is an EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tag containing an Alien Technology Higgs-3 chip. Sky99 installed an Alien ALR-9900 fixed reader at its counter to interrogate the tags of garments and accessories as they were rented out or returned, and uses a Quintet Digital C39 handheld to read tags on garments displayed on the hangers within its showroom, or stored in its back room. Kiss99 has its own software application to store data regarding each garment, linked to the unique ID number encoded to that item's tag. That information includes the manufacturing data, the identities of those who have rented it in the past, when those past rentals occurred, and the dates on which the garment was last sent to be laundered and was then returned, as well as any dates on which it may have been reserved by a client.

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